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1 Promotion of Eco-innovations – the German approach Dr. Christoph Rövekamp Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany Katowice, 22.10.2009

2 "Crisis is a productive state. You merely have to eliminate the overtones of disaster." Max Frisch (1911 – 1991) Swiss architect and writer

3 1.“Why supporting Eco-Innovation?” 2.“How does Germany foster R&D in the field of Eco- Innovation”? 3.Perspectives: National and European level Overview

4 Revised EU SDS since 2006 The Commission adopted the second progress report on 24 July 2009 – COM (2009) 400 Three main conclusions: –Positive policy progress in all areas covered by the Sustainable Development Strategy –Unsustainable trends persist – efforts need to be intensified –Input for reflection and debate on how to bring the sustainable development in the future EU Sustainable Development Strategy

5 EU SDS: current status (Eurostat report)

6  Progress in many fields  BUT: EU is not yet on a pathway to SD  It is still a long way to go!  R&D expenditure remained far from the 3%-target  Moderately unfavourable changes for the headline indicators of climate change and energy  Unfavourable developments: sustainable consumption and production (e.g. domestic material consumption), sustainable transport (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions)  Efforts to reduce pressure on biodiversity have been mainly unsuccessful so far

7 Why promoting Eco-Innovation? Eco-Industries need further support and development Europe is the world's leader of environmental technologies –this sector employs some 3.4m people –and generates €227b in turnover Eco-Innovation is a driver for European lead markets: –Growth in world markets for eco-technologies: 6% annually –Estimated Volume (water & waste): € 500b in 2020

8 Strategic approaches and R&D initiatives High Tech Strategy for Germany Fona – Research for Sustainability High Tech Strategy on Climate Protection Environmental Technologies Master Plan The German Approach to R&D for Eco-Innovation

9 Strategic approaches – High Tech Strategy The High Tech Strategy for Germany Launched in 2006 Strategy supported by all ministries Integrated innovation policy approach Focus on global challenges and new markets

10 AIMS OF THE HIGH TECH STRATEGY INDUSTRY / SCIENCEFRAMEWORK CONDITIONS  Set new priorities – oriented to global challenges: health, climate protection/ resources conservation/ energy, mobility, security  Considering all factors entering into successful innovation  Use strategic partnerships to mobilize industrial research  Rely on key technologies as a basis for innovation  Encourage the growth of outstanding research and innovation clusters: the “Top Cluster Competition”  Expand and streamline innovation support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM); the “KMU-innovative” programme for funding cutting-edge research by SMEs  Strengthen top-quality research and innovation in the new Länder  Provide more attractive terms for innovation financing  Improve conditions for start-ups  Make R&D investments more attractive by enhancing intellectual property protection  Make public procurement more innovative  Pursue initiative for a “Freedom of Science Act” (“Wissenschafts- freiheitsgesetz”) Build bridges between industry and science Improved framework for innovation industry Set new priorities and creating lead markets LEAD MARKETS Strategic approaches – High Tech Strategy

11 Strategic approaches - “FONA - Research for Sustainability” Fona – Research for Sustainability Framework Programme of the BMBF Contribution to the German National Strategy for Sustainable Development Operating time: 2004 – 2009 Annual budget: 160m Euro > 1000 projects Inter- and transdisciplinary research Learning Programme Creating a network of stakeholders from industry, science, politics and administration Basis for co-operation beyond the borders Shaping the European Research Area at the 5th BMBF Forum for Sustainability in Berlin

12 Mobilising the relevant actors in industry and science Strategic approaches – High Tech Strategy on Climate Protection Starting point: „Climate Summit“ - Dialogue with Industry and Science I ) Work on the knowledge base - e.g. Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) II ) Initiate technologic breakthroughs - Innovation Alliances (e.g. LIB 2015, OPV) III ) Offer knowledge for decision takers - e.g. Financial forum: climate change, Climate Service Center IV ) Assume global responsibility - Dialogue for Sustainability (D4S)

13  Industry and research open up together innovation fields  600 m € of Federal research funds mobilize over 3 billion € from industry  aim is to cover all the important parts of the value chains  further alliances in preparation Innovation alliancesInvestments (million €) PublicIndustry Automotive Electronics100500 OLED-Initiative100500 Organic Photovoltaic60300 Lithium-Ion-Battery60360 Molecular Imaging 150750 European Initiative 100 GET30225 Digital product memory30150 Applied virtual technologies in product and production material life cycle (AVILUS) 34170 CarbonNanoTubes (CNT)40240 Innovation alliances open up markets Strategic approaches – High Tech Strategy

14 Strategic approaches - Environmental Technologies Master Plan Environmental Technologies Master Plan Passed by the Federal Government in November 2008 Aim: Opening up future markets more effectively, improve the framework conditions for innovation In the first stage, the Master Plan is focusing on the areas of water, raw materials and climate protection (including renewable energy).

15 Advancement of the Framework Programme “FONA - Research for Sustainability” More international and european focus Integrated research pipeline Inter- and transdisciplinary approach Thematic foci: Earth system and geotechnologies Climate and energy Sustainable technologies and resources Society and cultural developments Cross-cutting issues (e.g. Economics and sustainable development, Research infrastructures)

16 ERA-Net on Eco-Innovation Targets Boosting development of Eco-Innovation all over Europe Improving the dissemination of knowledge on Eco-Innovation Instruments Exchange of experiences with national research programmes cross European borders Joint Activities for improving the implementation of Eco- Innovation Pooling national funds for supporting research for development and for dissemination of eco-innovation  More information on the ERA-Net in Session 4

17  The current status of EU sustainability indicators shows that there still is a long way to go in order to reach the political sustainability targets  Eco-Innovations are crucial to be developed further to achieve long-term objectives  Eco-innovation must be embedded in the political and social context (e.g. regulatory framework, standards, awareness raising, consumer behaviour/information) Conclusions

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