United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics
Economics and Trade Branch

Launch of UNEP-EPO-ICTSD Joint Study on Patents and Environmentally Sound Technologies

UNEP, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) are jointly collaborating on the development of a study that aims to enhance understanding of the role of patents vis-à-vis access to environmentally sound technologies (ESTs). As an initial analysis the study is focusing particular attention on energy generation technologies. This analysis will provide useful input into ongoing discussions on technology transfer in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and result in concrete recommendations for consideration at COP-15 in Copenhagen in December 2009.


Contact: Benjamin Simmons