Diversity of eco-innovations: Reflections from selected case studies

Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla, Pablo del Río, Totti Könnölä
2010 Journal of Cleaner Production  
An analytical framework is developed in this paper in order to explore the diversity of eco-innovations according to several key dimensions (design, user, product service and governance). The framework is used to analyse a set of case studies of eco-innnovation processes. The diversity of the analysed ecoinnovations appears to be considerable; each of them involves different kinds of combinations of elements pertaining to those dimensions. Albeit the design dimension is decisive to determine
more » ... environmental impacts of the innovation, all dimensions can play a significant role in the management of eco-innovation. Our findings suggest that the capacity of eco-innovations to provide new business opportunities and contribute to the transformation towards a sustainable society depends on the interplay of those dimensions and the engagement of key stakeholders in the innovation process.
doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.02.014 fatcat:5ldum6kitnebfgrheh7xrl2vi4