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Measuring Eco-innovation

Objective

The project will offer a conceptual clarification of eco-innovation (developing a typology) based on an understanding of innovation dynamics, and identify and discuss the main methodological challenges in developing indicators and statistics on eco-innovation and how these may be overcome.
Some important challenges for eco-innovation measurement to be investigated are
1. The ongoing nature (changing characteristics) of an eco-innovation
2. The novelty and importance of an innovation
3. Possibilities for combining different innovation measures (input indicators and output indicators, direct and indirect measures)
4. The aggregation of eco-innovation into meaningful categories
5. The links between different types of innovation, for instance the link between organisational innovation and technological innovation
6. The competitiveness of eco-innovation of different type
We will propose possible indicators for measuring relevant aspects of eco-innovation, taking into account data availability issues, and de fine future research needed to address these methodological challenges in developing eco-innovation indicators and set up guidance for the most feasible route for implementation of eco-innovation indicators on the time scale envisaged.
The project will be done by eco-innovation experts with people from statistical bureaus from two communities: the environmental accounting community and the innovation community, including Eurostat and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Address

Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Maastricht

Netherlands

Participants (4)

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

FUNDACION LEIA CENTRO DE DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO

Spain

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

ZENTRUM FUER EUROPAEISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44513

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 March 2008

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 223 590

  • EU contribution

    € 199 983

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands