Industrial Innovation and Sustainability—Conflicts and Coherence

Frieder Meyer‐Krahmer

in The Globalizing Learning Economy

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199258178
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191595868 | DOI:
 Industrial Innovation and Sustainability—Conflicts and Coherence

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First gives an outline of the two prevailing views on the possibilities for solving the conflict between sustainable development and technological innovation – the sceptical and the optimistic. It goes on to discuss three possible paths that industrial technological innovation can take towards environmental sustainability: more extensive use of environmentally acceptable alternatives (the traditional model), the closing and materials cycles and the integration of product policy and product use. The remaining sections of the chapter discuss sustainability and learning – the innovation strategies of firms, technology policy and environmental sustainability, and the role of regional, national, and international policies. It is concluded that an innovation policy for sustainability is still far from being conceptualized.

Keywords: environmental policy; innovation; innovation policy; learning; sustainability; sustainable development; technological innovation; technology; technology policy

Chapter.  7074 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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