ECO-INNOVATIONat the heart of European policies
The 2016 report of the Eco-Innovation Observatory discusses the role of policy for eco-innovation in the circular economy transition. It looks at the present framework conditions fostered by European policies and how the circular economy concept is being embedded in a current policy context at the EU level and in the Member States. It also discusses the bottom-up and top-down circular economy challenges.
32 good practice examples of circular economy oriented eco-innovations and initiatives from the EU Member States are featuring in the report. They altogether provide evidence for the multifaceted and impressive eco-innovation potential of EU Member States.
The report also presents the cross country comparison based on the recent eco-innovation indicators featured in the EU and Global eco-innovation scoreboards
The previous reports of the Eco-Innovation Observatory (EIO 2011, EIO 2012, EIO 2013, EIO 2014) introduced and exemplified the concept of eco-innovation and analysed findings of the EU Member States’ eco-innovation performances based on targeted indicator systems. They also reflected on emerging trends and developments in the European Member States in the context of resource efficiency and, based on the rapidly expanding pool of good practice examples of the European countries, undertake foresight assessments on the future orientation of eco-innovation.
Each EIO annual report (AR) has a special thematic focus: The first AR (EIO 2011) specified the role of material resources and resource efficiency for eco-innovation, the second AR (EIO 2012) focused on business opportunities of eco-innovation, the third AR (EIO 2013) on the issue of how different stakeholders can contribute to building a green economy, and the fourth AR (EIO 2014) focused on how a transition to a circular economy could be enabled.
The 2016 report further expands the focus on circular economy aspects of a resource-efficient society and strategies to cope with the challenges of these strongly intertwined concepts.