Innovation policy and sustainable development: Can public innovation incentives make a difference? (Brussels, 2002)

Innovation policy and sustainable development: Can public innovation incentives make a difference?
Brussels, 28 February-1 March 2002

The focus of innovation policy has traditionally been on productivity and economic growth, but pressures to contribute to environmentally sustainable growth have steadily been gaining ground. The spring 2002 workshop of the Six Countries Programme, hosted and organized by the Institute for Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT), addressed a number of questions in relation to this issue: What can the innovation policy community learn from the impact of environmental technology policies? How can innovation policy instruments contribute to their primary goal of improving innovation performance, and simultaneously to the policy goal of sustainable development? Can the two policy goals be combined in instruments that address both issues? Can innovation policy do more to have a major impact on environmentally friendly growth? Have we developed the right tools to measure this impact? Operational experiences with policy measures and programmes that have combined 'traditional' innovation policy objectives with sustainability were presented and debated during the workshop.

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