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The project has as a thematic network organised four major conferences focussed on various aspects of sustainable technological innovation, constructed a database with 517 abstracts of graduate students' dissertations, and analysed a large sample of the database contents. Topically the project has focused on sustainable technological innovation in two complementary senses. Innovation aimed at saving the environment constituted one main area, whereas the other area may be termed as the issue of socially acceptable innovation.
There are three broad categories of public policies regarding sustainability and social acceptability which have been studied and discussed. The first category is composed of the explicit policies. The second category is made of the implicit policies, so all other domains of public policy may come into consideration. The third and intermediary category is composed of particular cases, often belonging to traditional policy making, which have a critical impact on environmental performance or social acceptability, like e.g. the energy sector, the building industry and the urban development, or the transportation sector.

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