"India has proposed the setting up of an international network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) which should act as vehicles for enhancing technology innovation and capacity building in developing countries. Each such center could focus on a key technological product that addresses climate change. The CICs in different countries may also cross-fertilize each other by sharing of 'learning-by-doing' experience."
Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India
Economies around the world are reorienting towards low-carbon, green growth paths. Technology, and its deployment and diffusion, is acknowledged as a key factor in efforts to mitigate and adapt to the current and future impacts of climate change. Therefore, accelerating innovation and technology transfer is in global focus. India, an emerging economic power is a key stakeholder in this effort.
Utilizing its experience of innovation in over 80 developing countries, infoDev, engaged Indian stakeholders to conduct an assessment of the climate innovation landscape to examine the feasibility of a “Climate Innovation Center” (CIC) as a mechanism to maximize innovation in India. Through analyzing current capacity and market gaps, the result is a business plan which outlines the focus, implementation strategy, investment requirements and impact of a CIC in India.