FAQ

1. What is Cleantech?
Cleantech is transformational technology, services, knowledge, business models and processes that offer competitive returns for investors, customers, and society, while providing efficient, effective or novel solutions to global challenges such as climate change.

2. What is Cleantech Policy Intelligence?
Cleantech Policy Intelligence is analysis of regulatory and innovation policy incentives, trends, risks and constraints in the clean tech markets.  CPI is the world’s leading firm in the space. For inquiries, please email us.

3. Why is Cleantech Policy Intelligence so crucial?
Cleantech policy distributes millions of dollars, euros and yuans on strategic priorities. Those priorities change quickly.  The technology landscape changes quickly.  The marketplace is transformed as a result.  Having the wrong strategy or gambling on unstable government policy can make or break your efforts.  CPI ensures you maximize your options so can tailor your initiatives to the markets where you can have the greatest impact in the long term.

4. What are some typical projects CPI executes for a client?
Mapping of Cleantech policies in targeted countries–typically commissioned by a government looking to benchmark their performance with leading countries and comparable peers or also by multinationals looking for an international overview.

Highly specific and up-to-date, practical policy information–typically commissioned by businesses planning international expansion.  Some examples may include permitting a geothermal plant in Pennsylvania, Technical requirements for Moroccan solar incentive participation, etc.

State or sub-national level subsidies, regulations and incentives–typically commissioned by a Cleantech start-up.  An example is the nuanced and ever changing regulatory activity in Massachusetts, including in biomass and net metering.

Cleantech Policy workshop–typically commissioned by an organization trying to build knowledge among its core team members.

Survey of the social acceptance of a new technology or product–typically commissioned by a start-up.

5. How large is the Cleantech community?
Numbers are hard come by, but by some estimates 1/4 of all investments fall into this category. Sustainability indices continue to add listed companies, and the number of start-ups is huge. Most general business service providers will also target Cleantech.  For example, The Cleantech Group tracks more than 6,000 companies and innovative technologies, 8,000 cleantech investors, and 3,500 professional service providers.

6. What technologies are included as Cleantech? What about nuclear energy?
The purists would have it Cleantech is all about renewable energy. However, “cleaner” energy like nuclear, natural gas and clean coal technologies, while not exactly renewable like wind and solar energy but are typically considered to have less of an impact on the environment than petroleum and other non-renewable sources of energy. This is despite a few high profile and high impact disasters in the history of nuclear energy, such as Mayak, Chernobyl and Fukushima. More generally,  Cleantech may include any or all technologies that contribute to the transformation of agriculture, energy, materials, recycling, transport and water and a host of other areas.  

7. What are the key Cleantech policies to watch right now?
A myriad of new initiatives are developing.  Some of the most important ones include: U.S. ARRA, EU’s 20-20-20 Policy, UK Climate Change Act 2008 , and China’s 12th 5 year plan.

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