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Paper on environmental innovation and competitiveness

In the context of the project "Lead Market Strategies: First Mover, Early Follower, Late Follower" Rainer Quitzow has published the working paper entitled "Towards an integrated approach to promoting environmental innovation and national competitiveness".

News from Jan 02, 2012

The paper explores how governments can promote environmentally-friendly technologies while sustaining national competitiveness. Taking the Porter Hypothesis as its starting point, it reviews how the literature on innovation-oriented environmental policy has evolved, outlining governance approaches from evolutionary and system-based perspectives. These approaches are then related to current debates on industrial policy and national competitiveness. The paper finds the policy approaches emerging from this debate to be largely compatible with the approaches to innovation-oriented environmental policy. It, therefore, concludes that there is no inherent contradiction between promoting environmental policy goals and national competitiveness. Rather, drawing on the literature on lead markets for environmental innovations, it argues that national competitiveness increasingly depends on the development of integrated policies for promoting environmental and economic policy goals:

Rainer Quitzow has presented versions of the paper at the 9th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics in Istanbul (June 14-17, 2011) and the 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference in New York (May 8-10, 2011). The full paper was also accepted at the 9th International GLOBELICS Conference in Buenos Aires (Nov. 15-17, 2011).