Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer

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16.4.2 Regulatory Environment

Environmental regulation and policies often play a significant role in creating conditions for adopting certain technologies. Generally, environmental standards based on "best available technologies" tend to perpetuate existing control technologies at the expense of long-term innovation. This type of standard setting results in regulations focusing on "end-of-pipe" type pollution control technologies, and can create a strong disincentive for going beyond the proven standards dictated by existing technologies (TERI, 1997).

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