To inform the research effort and facilitate information sharing, we organized a series of workshops in which leading corporations discussed their ideas on different aspects of low-carbon innovation. These workshops explored innovation challenges and opportunities in the electric power, transportation, defense, and financial sectors. Links to presentation material is provided where available.
Workshop I: Low-Carbon Business Innovation (July 2010)
This first workshop explored how companies define and think about innovation in the context of climate change and low-carbon technologies. Participants discussed successful innovations, their development and strategies to bringing them to commercialization, as well as barriers and challenges to pursuing innovation strategies.
Workshop II: Low-Carbon Business Innovation (November 2010)
This workshop expanded the discussion on low-carbon innovation by exploring the strategies and practices employed in identifying and investing in low-carbon innovations, the barriers and solutions to adopting low-carbon innovations within the electric power sector, and reactions and perspectives from technology providers.
Panel I: Financing Low Carbon Innovations
Panel II: Power Sector Adoption of Low Carbon Innovations
Workshop III: Low-Carbon Business Innovation (March 2011)
The third and final workshop focused on the Department of Defense’s unique energy and capability needs and the defense industry’s contribution to developing and commercializing low-carbon technologies. The second panel focused on the challenges and opportunities for pursuing low-carbon innovation in the transportation sector, including the barriers to development and adoption of new technologies.
Panel I: Low-carbon Innovation in the Defense Sector
Panel II: Low-carbon Innovation in the Transportation Sector
Reception Remarks by: Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Royal Dutch Shell