The eco-innovation briefs are short reports highlighting selected findings from the EIO reports and analysis. Download the eco-innovation briefs here.

Introducing eco-innovation: from incremental changes to systemic transformations (#1)
As all innovations, eco-innovation means bringing a new product (good or service) to the market or implementing a new solution in the production or organisational processes of a company. What distinguishes it from other innovations, however, is that eco-innovation results in both economic and environmental benefits. {eio-brief-01}

Innovation for Sustainable Water (#2)
Water is a critical resource for all societies and a combination of climate change, population growth, increased urbanization and dietary shift poses a challenge for countries around the world to manage precious and limited fresh water resources. This challenge calls for eco-innovative solutions including development of technology and new organisational and management solutions in addition to legislative responses. The present thematic brief addresses these issues.

The Eco-Innovation Scoreboard at a glance (#3)
The Eco-Innovation Scoreboard at a glance.

Resource-efficient construction: A systemic approach to sustainable construction (#4)
Resource-efficient construction: A systemic approach to sustainable construction.

An eco-innovation gap? A glance at eco-innovation performance in EU countries and sectors (#5)
An eco-innovation gap? A glance at eco-innovation performance in EU countries and sectors.

Eco-Innovators in Europe: Focus on Materials (#6)
Eco-Innovators in Europe: Focus on Materials.

Innovation in the Phosphorus Cycle: a Prerequisite for Global Food Security and Key Markets (#7)
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all living matters. Nevertheless, current use patterns put a long-term supply at risk. Moreover, European phosphorus supply is highly import dependent, contributing to the vulnerability of food security. Innovation along the life cycle can help to reduce phosphor losses. Monitoring tools empower policies to act target oriented.

The Eco-Innovation Challenge: Pathways to a resource efficient Europe (#8)
Can eco-innovation trigger the transformation towards resource-efficiency, in a way that is both good for business and good for the environment? This brief summarising the challenges and solutions Europe has for achieving resource-efficiency, themes which are explored in more depth in the EIO Annual Report 2010.

Eco-Innovation Scoreboard: the 2011 Results (#9)
The 2011 update of the Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (Eco-IS) shows the comparison of eco-innovation performances of EU-27 Member states based on the expanded set of indicators.

Eco-innovation in Business: reducing cost and increasing profitability via Material Efficiency Measures (#10)
What is the scope of savings companies can achieve from implementing material efficiency measures? An empirical analysis of roughly 100 case studies with data stemming from the German Material Efficiency Agency (demea) gives an overview.

Eco-innovation opportunities for European SMEs in emerging markets (#11)
International collaboration and engaging in international markets are business opportunities for European eco-innovative SMEs. They also offer chances to contribute in economic and technological leapfrogging for developing countries and give an environmental value to the development process. What has been the role of European SMEs in promoting a green economy not just "in house" but also on a global scale? What are the challenges and opportunities for European eco-innovators on emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America?

Closing the ecoinnovation gap: an economic opportunity for business (#12)
Why should business eco-innovate? This brief presents two of the opportunities associated with eco-innovation. It is based on the EIO 2011 Annual Report and focuses on the economic perspective. Overall, ecoinnovation can provide the framework for a future-orientated, sustainable and competitive business strategy.

Eco-Innovation Scoreboard: the 2012 results (#13)
Icon_Brief_13 The 2012 update of the Eco-Innovation Scoreboard shows the comparison of eco-innovation performances of EU-27 Member states based on the new data and updated set of indicators.

Collaboration in Eco-Innovation Research in the EU (#14)
This brief makes use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) techniques to understand the formation of collaborations that the EU Framework Programmes for RTD (FP6 and FP7) have contributed to form between the different EU and extra -European institutions involved in eco-innovation projects.

Europe in transition: Paving the way to a green economy through eco-innovation (#15)
In 2012 the EIO looked at how eco-innovation can lead to and create pervasive change. It argues that if eco-innovation is based on partnerships of different stakeholders working together, it can play a crucial role in the transition to a green and competitive economy. This brief asks the following questions: What kind of future do we want? What is the state of resource use and eco-innovation in the EU? What is the role of eco-innovation? What can policy makers and businesses change?

A systemic perspective on eco-innovation (#16)
This brief presents the findings and messages of the EIO thematic report "A systemic perspective on eco-innovation". It illustrates that a number of systemic eco-innovation examples do already exist in various thematic fields. The report also lists key elements, which decision makers in the policy arena as well as in companies need to take into account, if they want to actively contribute to a systemic change.

Eco-innovation Observatory at a glance (#18)
Since its establishment in 2009, the EIO has delivered numerous reports, data analyses and a website with interactive database and good practice examples from across European Union. This briefs summarises about the EIO resources and presents the majour deliverables that were produced within the first three years of the EIO life.