How can innovation be made sustainable? - Analysis and Consulting
How can innovation be made sustainable?
In order to achieve sustainability, we need more, quicker and better innovations.
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Many climate activists are skeptical with regard to the emphasis on innovations as a way to more sustainability. In their opinion, this distracts from the need for behavioural change and suggests that an easy solution is possible.
But in fact, this perspective closes the path to more sustainability, because it is based on a narrow concept of innovation. Innovations are not simply new technologies which continue with existing approaches to living and working based on a linear trajectory. Rather, social and technical innovations have the potential to change the way we live and do business.
To harness the potential of innovations, a framework based on the polluter-pays principle is required. In the global competition between economic and political systems, sustainable innovations can be a competitive advantage. In this context, instruments such as Co2 pricing must be thought of in global terms.
Innovations include more than just technology. New organisational structures and new business models must also be considered as well. This will also trigger behavioural changes in the population.