Asian Nations Outpacing the United States in Clean Energy.
In 2009 the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Breakthrough Institute collaborated to complete the report, Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant, which benchmarked the clean energy competitiveness of China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States in order to emphasize the importance of innovation as a driver of economic competitiveness. The report analyzed clean energy investments and policy support for research, manufacturing, and domestic demand, focusing on wind, solar, nuclear, carbon capture and storage, hybrid and electric vehicles, advanced batteries, and high speed rail.
This follow-up report examines the competitive economic position of those same four nations—China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States—in the global clean energy technology sector as of 2015. Exploring competitiveness in the clean technology industry as measured by research, development, and demonstration (RD&D), and new developments in infrastructure deployment, it focuses on three lowcarbon energy generation technologies: solar, wind, and nuclear power. Finally, it discusses policy conclusions for the United States, including reasons why the United States cannot count on current policies and private incentives to address climate change and remain competitive.