Eco-innovations: a novel phenomenon?
1998 (English)In: Journal of Sustainable Product Design, ISSN 1367-6679, E-ISSN 1573-1588, no 7, 7-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It has generally been accepted that in order to reach sustainability, significant changes will have to take place. Eco-innovations ie. new products and processes providing customer value, while using less resources and resulting in reduced environmental impacts, are therefore of great importance. On the basis of selected parts of the existing innovation theory, this article explores the eco-innovation phenomenon. The theory is used to analyse two examples of ecoinnovation; the struggle between steel and aluminium to the application of light weight car bodies, and the development of lawn mowers with improved environmental performance. The analysis shows that innovation theory is useful for creating a better understanding of the concept and development of eco-innovations. It is therefore concluded that the innovation theory should be part of the frame of reference when analysing and managing eco-innovations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998. no 7, 7-15 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-74799DiVA: diva2:495423