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Climate-neutral tech solutions: EU’s strong in innovation, but lags in commercialisation

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Union (EU) leads globally in climate-neutral technology innovation, particularly in high-value patents and research & development (R&D) investment
• However, the EU faces challenges in commercializing and scaling up these technologies, as indicated in a Joint Research Centre (JRC) report

🔭 The context: The EU excels in technologies such as wind rotors, heat pumps, and heating & cooling networks where it holds over half of the high-value inventions in these areas globally
• Despite strong innovation, the EU's trade balance has declined due to increasing reliance on imports to meet domestic demand for climate-neutral solutions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The EU's innovation in climate-neutral technologies is crucial for global efforts to combat climate change
• These technologies play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to a sustainable, low-carbon economy

⏭️ What's next: The EU is working on legislative frameworks like the European Critical Raw Materials Act to improve self-sufficiency and diversify supply chains
• These efforts are complemented by R&D projects aimed at developing new, sustainable technologies

💬 One quote: "The EU is ahead of its global peers in climate neutral technology innovation" (Joint Research Centre report)

📈 One stat: Public R&D investment in climate-neutral solutions in the EU increased significantly between 2016-2020, with investments growing faster than the EU's GDP in 15 of these solutions

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