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EmInInn Details

A Collabarative Research Project of the 7th Framework Programme

Theme: ENV.2011.3.1.9-3
Macro-level indicators to monitor the environmental impact of innovation

Project Duration:
01/11/2011 - 31/05/2015

Dr. Philipp Schepelmann
Project Manager

Research Group Material Flows and Resource Management

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Döppersberg 19
42103 Wuppertal
Germany

email: info(@)emininn.eu
www.wupperinst.org

R&D objectives

Combine the insights and outcomes of recent advanced initiatives and research projects on the measurement of innovation.

Compile and systematise from different sources the available data to measure the environmental impacts of innovation.

Provide a common understanding on eco-innovation by creating common definitions and analytical boundaries that will enable the development of ex-post assessments and modelling of the environmental effects of innovation.

Apply, combine and, where appropriate, integrate methods, tools and approaches to show the macro-environmental results of past innovations in a range of different fields, thereby to create or enhance the ability to make ex-post assessments and modelling of innovation and its related (environmental) impacts in the areas of resource flows, waste and recycling, energy, emissions, and land use and biodiversity.

Improve the ability to monitor and assess secondary environmental and economic impacts of innovation (e.g. rebound effects).

On the basis of the assessment of the results, make recommendations that will support policy makers in the design of innovation policies and framework conditions.

Identify innovations and novel system configurations that may be able to contribute to absolute decoupling of economic growth and environmental pressure as well as to the conditions for this to occur.