Better Policies to Support Eco-innovation
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- Table of contents
- Acronyms and Abbreviations
- Executive summary
Part I Policy issues for eco-innovation: An overview
Chapter 1 Towards eco-innovation: The role of policy
- The value of a strategic approach: Eco-innovation roadmaps
- Combining technical and non-technical innovation: From clean technologies to eco-innovation
- Joining up an array of policies: Co-ordination needs
- The role of public-private partnerships
- New models for technology transfer
- Annex 1.A1 Methodology for assessing eco-innovation roadmaps under the European Union’s Environmental Technology Action Plan
Part II Case studies on selected eco-innovations
- + Chapter 2 Combined heat and power: Policies in Germany and Canada
Chapter 3 Micro combined heat and power generation: Policies in Germany
- Micro-CHP fuel cell technologies, markets and industry
- The deployment of micro-CHP fuel cells in Germany
- The main drivers affecting micro-CHP fuel cell deployment
- Annex 3.A1 List of interviews
- Annex 3.A2 The added value of micro-CHP fuel cells
- Annex 3.A3 Leading countries in FC-based micro-CHP
Chapter 4 Carbon capture and storage: Policies in Germany and Canada
- The technological and competitive environment
- Market, utility and demand characteristics for CCS eco-innovation
- Main challenges faced by CCS eco-innovation
- Domestic public policies for CCS
- Conclusion: The role of initial conditions in policy orientations and timing
Chapter 5 Electric cars: Policies in Canada, France and Germany
- Technological and competitive environment for electric vehicles
- Market, utility and demand characteristics for electric cars
- Main challenges faced by electric cars
- National public policies for electric cars
- + Chapter 6 Biopackaging: What role for public policy?
- + Chapter 7 Solar tiles in Portugal: Linking research and industry
Part III Case studies on selected public-private partnerships for eco-innovation
Chapter 8 The UK Carbon Trust: A public-private partnership for eco-innovation
- Rationale and objectives
- Organisation and governance relations
- Budget and financial arrangements
- Main types of activity
- External co-ordination and coherence
- Main findings and lessons learned
- Annex 8.A1 List of interviews
Chapter 9 Sustainable Development Technology Canada: The public-private partnership potential
- An instrument framed for the specific features of eco-innovation?
- A coherent and articulated investment strategy for eco-innovation
- Public-private partnerships versus alternative instruments to stimulate and support eco-innovation
- How does SDTC cope with the usual criticisms addressed to PPPs?
- + Chapter 8 The UK Carbon Trust: A public-private partnership for eco-innovation
Eco-innovation is more important than ever on the public policy agenda. It is a major driver for green growth and contributes to the environmental performance and economic development of OECD and developing countries alike.
This report takes a pragmatic approach to policies that support the development and diffusion of eco-innovation. Building on the OECD Innovation Strategy, it argues that eco-innovation is not merely about technological developments: non-technical innovations matter as well. It acknowledges that policies do not operate in a vacuum and that they must take account of the contexts that influence the development and diffusion of eco-innovation, such as market structures. It explores links between eco-innovation policies and related fields such as industry, competition, and international cooperation.
This work builds on an OECD inventory of eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and in China. It also draws on studies of select environment-friendly innovations, highlighting different patterns of development across countries. It also incorporates extensive international consultation on the topics of eco-innovation and green growth.
The results from this publication will contribute to the Green Growth Strategy being developed by the OECD as a practical policy package for governments to harness the potential of greener growth.
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