Chapter 8

What Holds Back Eco-innovations? A “Green Growth Diagnostics” Approach

Harald Sander     Technische Hochschule Köln, Cologne, Germany and Maastricht School of Management, Limburg, Netherlands


This paper argues that greening the economy requires green innovations and reviews a recently proposed framework for analyzing barriers to green growth: Green Growth Diagnostics. The paper argues that this tool, when applied to eco-innovations and adapted it to the specific environmental problems faced, can be a useful, though not perfect, instrument to prioritize policy actions. Further, it is suggested that its main value lies in facilitating a collaborative discovery process among all stakeholders when obstacles to eco-innovation ought ...

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