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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: A-5-03
Study on the Required Factors and Policies to Facilitate the Development of Green Industries in the Asian Region


The main objective of this research project is to explore ways for achieving rapid industrial growth in ASEAN countries through the diffusion of renewable energies based on the experiences of China and India, while at the same time ensuring sustainability and improving energy security.
One stark difference between the approaches taken by ASEAN countries and those of China and India is that while the diffusion of renewable energies in China and India has been undertaken mainly by domestic firms, ASEAN countries rely heavily on imported equipment.
The development of an indigenous renewable energy industry can bring many benefits. The renewable energy industry in China developed sufficiently to realize cost competitiveness in equipment, which also translates into the lower cost of renewable energies. For ASEAN countries, domestic production through FDI and gradual localization may be one way to achieve a similar kind of impact, as well as benefiting from technology transfers.
According to the research, factors associated with the success of Chinese and Indian manufacturers include scale economies, technological catch-up and supportive government policies. Although not definite, ASEAN countries could pursue energy market integration, a collaborative technology development/transfer scheme, and more supportive government policies towards diffusion of renewable energies to stimulate domestic manufacturing activities associated with renewable energies.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] HORII Nobuhiro (Associate professor, Kyushu University)
[ Co-researchers ] NABESHIMA Kaoru
MARUKAWA Tomoo (Professor, Institute of Social Science, Tokyo University)