Presentation on theme: "EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND Cleantech Incubation Europe: Policy and Practice Event Insights from the INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalisation exercise."— Presentation transcript:
EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND Cleantech Incubation Europe: Policy and Practice Event Insights from the INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalisation exercise on Eco-Innovation Laura Roman, Technopolis Group 19 June 2014 / Delft
3 Eco-innovation is any innovation that reduces the use of natural resources and decreases the release of harmful substances across its whole life-cycle. impact on environment (resources and emissions) impact on economy (turnover, profit, sales, exports, jobs) impact on economy (turnover, profit, sales, exports, jobs) impact on society (jobs, quality of life) impact on society (jobs, quality of life)
4 INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalization Eco-Innovation Projects ECOREGIONS www.ecoregionsproject.eu Focus: local and regional development policies in the areas of eco-innovation
5 INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalization Eco-Innovation Projects European clusters and regions for eco-innovation network plus (ECREIN+) www.ecreinplus.eu Focus: developing an effective regional policy mix to support eco-innovation
6 Cleantech-incubation Europe (CIE) www.cleantechincubation.eu Focus: regional policies for cleantech incubation INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalization Eco-Innovation Projects
7 Forwarding regional environmental sustainable hierarchies (FRESH) www.freshproject.eu Focuses on regional policies to support and measure eco-innovation in the construction sector
8 INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalization Eco-Innovation Projects Regions using eco- Management for eco- innovation development (RECOMMEND) www.recommendproject.eu Focuses on regional policies to promote eco- management as an instrument for corporate eco-innovation
9 INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalization Eco-Innovation Projects Developing sustainable regions through responsible SMEs (DESUR) www.desur.eu Focuses on improving regional policies to promote responsible innovation in SMEs through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes
10 INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalization Eco-Innovation Projects Producer services for European sustainability and competitiveness (PROSESC) www.prosesc.org Focus: regional policies to promote green and competitive transport (from two-wheelers to e- vehicles and fuel cell buses).
11 Challenges addressed by INTERREG IVC projects Common challenges: Environmental Economic Disparities among EU regions More specific challenges: Capabilities in regional planning for eco-innovation Fostering eco-innovation among small and large companies Promoting innovation and dissemination of eco-innovations Strengthening and greening value chains
12 Results of the exchanges of experiences By mid 2014: A total of 136 good practices identified by the projects Four good practices have already been transferred 30 good practices are in a process of preparation for transfer to a different region Some of them are being incorporated in the regional development plans.
13 Approaches to eco-innovation identified in the projects
14 Types of good practices identified Eco-Innovation policy good practices GrantsInnovation vouchers Green standards for new buildings Green public procurement RIS3 strategiesNetworking initiatives Incubators and clusters Eco-Innovation support tools good practices Benchmarking instrument Green technology atlas Genuine progress towards sustainability indicator for the region Eco-Innovation technology good practices Low Energy / Zero emission building New model of biogas plant E-car battery recharging infrastructure
16 Recommendations to regions promoting Eco-Innovation Committed leadership of regional authorities Attain political commitment to sustainability goals Regional development / innovation strategy should include sustainability targets Commitment to sustainability targets provides stable market signals for private investments Work across multiple levels of governance, and where needed involve national policy-makers Regional authorities as eco-innovation change agents Assess local demand for new practices and foster bottom-up processes of change Conduct robust analysis of economic, regulatory, technological, innovation, and natural profile Make strategic choices in regional planning based on regions’ uniqueness: local assets and resources Foster framework conditions for eco-innovation Link main stakeholders in implementing EI actions (businesses, R&D providers, consumers) Develop local skills and build local capabilities for the green economy Raise awareness, improve access to knowledge on eco-innovation to all stakeholders
17 Recommendations for clusters and incubators Foster triple helix cooperation, and capitalise on the incubator’s physical proximity to R&D facilities incorporating opportunities for concrete projects between the members of the incubators, the private sector, universities or public sector. Clusters should work together with incubators and support the entrepreneurial environment in the region. Design cleantech incubator facilities to cater to different phases of the innovation process. Good practices include a range of types of incubators and demonstrators. Some are offering a fast-track space for testing and adopting the lean start-up concept in the case of early-stage business ideas. Other demonstrators offer the opportunity of testing their prototypes in real life settings for start-ups that are more advanced in the innovation chain.