Measuring Eco-Innovation

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-MERIT
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Research Brief No. 1, 2008
    TITLE:
    Measuring Eco-Innovation
    AUTHORS:
    by René Kemp
    PUB DATE:
    2008•12•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1816-5796
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3507-6
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2008

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    Faced with rising costs for producing goods and managing waste products, the competitiveness of firms, countries and even regions is increasingly linked to their ability to ‘eco-innovate’. However, very little is known about the growing global trade in environmentally beneficial goods and services as eco-technologies have been largely neglected in economic statistics. Nor do we know much about innovation efforts to reduce environmental impacts. This research brief reports on a recently completed European project to develop a conceptual basis for measuring eco-innovation and to propose guidelines for its practical application by researchers and policymakers.