Horizon Scanning and Foresight Reports

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Future and Emerging System Eco-innovations and SMEs

"Future and Emerging System Eco-innovations and SMEs" is the third Foresight Report from the Observatory.
This third Foresight report on Future and emerging system eco-innovations and SMEs focuses on the ways a transition to resource efficient society could occur. We consider the future radical and system eco-innovations that could foster such a change. As transition is not possible without proper policy guidance that creates the fruitful framework conditions for positive change, also policy mix that should be prioritised in fostering system eco- innovations is examined and recommendations are made. Further, transition to resource efficiency requires the active input from all the actors in the society, three future scenarios are presented in which different actor groups, namely business, governments and research have taken the lead in advancing this overall vision.

Trends of Eco-innovation in the Internet, Scientific Publications and Electronic Media

"Trends of Eco-innovation in the Internet, Scientific Publications and Electronic Media" is the third Horizon Scanning Report from the Observatory.
This year, in the horizon scanning activities, our interests lie in the appearance and visibility of eco- innovations in the operative environment, in which new business opportunities will emerge especially for small and medium sized (SME) companies.

From Challenges to Business Opportunities: Future Eco-innovation Markets by 2030

"From Challenges to Business Opportunities: Future Eco-innovation Markets by 2030" is the second Foresight Report from the Observatory.
This Foresight report on Future Eco-innovation markets by 2030 complements the series of future-related activities undertaken by the Eco-innovation Observatory. The principle focus is on emerging eco-innovation markets and possible pathways towards resource efficiency, from the eco-innovation perspective. Companies operating in different sectors and areas will increase their eco-innovative activities, which are closely linked to many environmental challenges. During the next 20 years, companies will attempt to convert environmental challenges into business opportunities. In addition to the company and business perspectives, the policy perspective is emphasised, on occasion, as policy formulation creates the framework that enables the emergence of new eco-innovation markets and the implementation of eco-innovations.

New Horizons for Eco-Innovation Development

"New Horizons for Eco-Innovation Development - Opportunities, trends and discontinuities" is the second Horizon Scanning Report from the Observatory.
This second horizon scanning report explores the eco-innovation related future opportunities environmentally and economically beneficial to businesses and consumers alike. Eco-innovations visibility in various electric sources is explored, including the Internet, scientific publications, patent data and the electric media. Eco-innovation related future studies and scans of various information sources revealed that key areas for enhancing resource efficiency and sustainable material cycles as well as providing new business opportunities are mainly amongst the systemic approaches of biomimicry, cradle-to-cradle and zero waste.
In addition to trends identified, "discontinuities" with the potential to break trends are presented. Main barriers to successful implementation of eco-innovations are also identified to find ways of overcoming these obstacles. The report is embellished with few inspiring eco-innovation examples.

Constructing a Resource-efficient EU

"Constructing a Resource-Efficient EU" is a Foresight Report from the Observatory.
EIO foresight activities on sustainable construction have been carried out during 2010-2011. This report is based on analysis of the responses to a two-round Delphi survey implemented in late 2010 and early 2011 as well as a workshop held in October 2011. The results include four scenarios on sustainable construction, cross-impact analysis between selected trends related to sustainable construction, trend impact analysis on material consumption in the construction sector, and a roadmap to a sustainable city in Europe.
Results from the first round of the EIO Delphi have been already used in the above mentioned EIO thematic report 2010 "Resource-efficient construction". The timeframe in all foresight activities was from the present up to the year 2030.

"Future Trends - Creating the environment for eco-innovation evolution" is the first Horizon Scanning Report from the Observatory.
This report is one piece in a long chain of foresight activities described by the EIO activities. Horizon scanning is a starting point to various foresight activities that will follow, and as a starting point it is not meant to be exhaustive. Because various foresight activities will be undertaken continuously during the project, the extensiveness of the reports will increase in the two years to come. This approach allows the team to learn from and expand on the initial efforts as the project evolves.
The activity of grasping future trends, emerging technology fields and eco-innovations will provide information for the upcoming Delphi-technique, used to collect expert data for the following future scenarios, and further for the roadmapping and impact analysis activities.
Foresight activities can be thus illustrated as a chain of events in which each phase will provide information for the next one.

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