Thematic Reports

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A systemic perspective on eco-innovation

This EIO Thematic Report takes a systemic perspective on the eco-innovation issue.
Given that current trends of development in Europe, but also in other world regions, are increasingly unsustainable, there is an urgent need for action. What is required is a systemic change, a shift of paradigm, away from a society based on ever increasing consumption of nature and strive for infinite growth in quantitative terms towards a development path, which is oriented towards the overarching goal of high quality of life for all people and which needs to be realised within the environmental carrying capacity of the planet.

"Emerging Markets" explores the role of European SMEs in promoting a green economy, not just ‘in house’ but also on a global scale. It analyses the challenges and opportunities for European eco-innovators that exist within the emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The growing markets in these developing economies, along with the increasing recognition of the sustainability and environmental agendas in the countries in which these markets are based have created, and also increased, demand for eco-innovations and eco-industrial technology and services. The particularly rich experience and knowledge of European eco-innovators and eco-industries have a lot to offer to these emerging markets. Through international collaboration, European eco-innovators can also assist developing countries in economic and technological leapfrogging and give added environmental value to the development process.

"Water Innovation" explores how eco-innovation can contribute to the conservation of one our most precious resources: fresh water. It considers the uses of water and how to account for water consumption throughout the economy. The authors emphasise the importance of considering both technological and non-technological innovation as well as address demand-side and supply-side policy measures relevant for water innovation. The publication examines numerous examples of public and business-led support schemes stimulating water innovation.
The report argues that for innovation to be truly stimulated it is necessary to recover the full cost of water through pricing. The latter will have to be supported by awareness raising through education of consumers as well as water metering.

"Resource-efficient construction" explores how eco-innovation can contribute to resource efficiency in the construction sector. The report argues that a more comprehensive approach to building and renovation is needed; one that looks at how both energy and materials can be efficiently used, and considers the trade-offs between them.
Widening the perspective to resource efficiency enables the systemic approach needed to frame discussions about sustainable construction because this perspective makes economic, social and environmental sense.

Wohnen und Bauen sind grundlegende Elemente des menschlichen Lebens und der europäischen Kultur. Von den alten Griechen und Römern über mittelalterliche Städte bis hin zur modernen Architektur kann man sich kaum einen anderen Bereich vorstellen, der ähnlich viel Leidenschaft geweckt und die Aufmerksamkeit so vieler Menschen auf sich gezogen hat. Nichtsdestotrotz sind Wohnen und Bauen ins Kreuzfeuer der Kritik geraten - sei es, weil sie mit ein Auslöser für den weltweiten Zusammenbruch der Finanzmärkte waren, oder weil sie zum Treibhauseffekt beitragen. Nachfolgender Bericht geht genauer auf ein neues Thema ein: ressourceneffizientes Bauen.

 
 
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