Industrial Innovation and Environmental Regulation: Developing Workable Solutions

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Integrating environmental and
innovation policies

René Kemp

This chapter briefly examines the effects of innovation policies in bringing forth environmental innovations - innovations offering environmental gains relative to existing technologies.1 It is found that innovation policy is insufficiently oriented toward green system innovations and badly coordinated with other areas of policy, especially environmental policy. Suggestions are given for integrating environment and innovation policies. One such suggestion is the use of programmes for system innovations offering sustainability benefits. Such programmes should be selected and implemented as part of long-term transition policies that are concerned with redirecting the trajectories of development. A model of transition management is outlined in the paper and applied to mobility. In the model, alternative trajectories are explored in a forward-looking yet adaptive manner. The model has been developed by the author together with Jan Rotmans and has been adopted by the Dutch government as a steering model for working toward sustainable energy, mobility and agriculture.

The structure of the chapter is as follows. The section immediately following this discusses the environmental effects of innovation policies and outlines a new perspective on environmental innovation policy. This is followed by a discussion centring on the innovation effects of environmental policy and makes a plea for the combination of policy instruments and programmes for system innovation. A description of the model for transition management, and the applications for transition management to sustainable mobility appear ahead of the summary and conclusions.

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