Policy Agenda

Eco-innovation policy agendas: global knowledge synthesis of rationales and evidence

Specific challenge: Seizing the green economy potential of eco-innovation requires better policies that mobilise actors and lower barriers. In particular, systemic eco-innovation poses significant challenges for policy, particularly in the context of international transfer and trade. Alignment of eco-innovation with other core green economy areas (ecosystem services, poverty eradication, etc) is in its infancy. Inno4sd will develop, synthesise and share evidence to facilitate the integration of eco-innovation and green economy strategies in the work of the European Commission, while also ensuring insights are relevant to the needs of developing countries and countries in transition.

Questions to answer:

  • What eco-innovation initiatives are underway globally, and how can policymakers better engage with business-led initiatives?
  • What eco-innovation policies work?
  • What barriers and opportunities for European eco-innovation arise in the context of international trade?

Work to do: We will assess policy rationales for eco-innovation policy, as well as consolidate and analyse evidence in specific areas of eco-innovation policy. The results will be used to present a comprehensive assessment on barriers to and synergies with eco-innovation arising from trade and competitiveness issues. Finally we will provide evidence to facilitate the co-ordination of eco-innovation policy with other policy domains.

Deliverables: Rapid reviews, review of eco-innovation policy rationales, evidence library on ‘what works’ and win-win-options for eco-innovations, global maps on eco-innovation policies and trade, as well as eco-innovation policy roadmap.

EU flagThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 641974.