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Eco‐Innovation in Industry: Enabling Green Growth (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264077225)

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Eco‐innovation will be a key driver of industry efforts to tackle climate change and realise "green growth" in the post‐Kyoto era. Eco‐innovation calls for faster introduction of breakthrough technologies and for more systemic application of available solutions, including non‐technological ones. It also offers opportunities to involve new players, develop new industries and increase competitiveness. Structural change in economies will be imperative in coming decades.

This book presents the research and analysis carried out during the first phase of the OECD Project on Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco‐innovation. Its aim is to provide benchmarking tools on sustainable manufacturing and to spur eco‐innovation through better understanding of innovation mechanisms. It reviews the concepts and forms an analytical framework; analyses the nature and processes of eco‐innovation; discusses existing sustainable manufacturing indicators; examines methodologies for measuring eco‐innovation; and takes stock of national strategies and policy initiatives for eco‐innovation.

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Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Framing Eco‐innovation: The Concept and the Evolution of Sustainable Manufacturing


‐The rise of sustainable manufacturing

‐Understanding eco‐innovation

‐Eco‐innovation as a driver of sustainable manufacturing



Chapter 2. Applying Eco‐innovation: Examples from Three Sectors


‐Eco‐innovation in the automotive and transport sector

‐Eco‐innovation in the iron and steel sector

‐Eco‐innovation in the electronics sector



Chapter 3. Tracking Performance: Indicators for Sustainable Manufacturing


‐How can indicators help sustainable manufacturing?

‐Existing sets of sustainable manufacturing indicators

‐How are manufacturers applying indicators?



Chapter 4. Measuring Eco‐Innovation: Existing Methods for Macro‐Level Analysis


‐Benefits of measuring eco‐innovation

‐Aspects of eco‐innovation to measure

‐Use of generic data sources to measure eco‐innovation

‐Use of surveys to measure eco‐innovation



Chapter 5. Promoting Eco‐innovation: Government Strategies and Policy Initiatives in Ten OECD Countries


‐Synergising innovation and environmental policies for eco‐innovation

‐Government strategies for eco‐innovation

‐Government policy initiatives for eco‐innovation



Annex 5.A. Government Policies and Programmes for Eco‐Innovation: Country Survey Responses

Chapter 6. Looking Ahead: Key Findings and Prospects for Future Work on Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco‐Innovation


‐Nine key findings

‐Main lessons of the first phase

‐Prospects for future work




Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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