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Quelles politiques de l'innovation et de l'environnement pour quelle dynamique d'innovation environnementale ?


  • Marc-Hubert Depret
  • Abdelillah Hamdouch


While there is today a large consensus around the extent and causes of climate change and the environment deterioration as well as on their mid-long term economic consequences if nothing is done, the international community remains divided regarding the nature, the scale and the schedule of the remedying actions that should be undertaken. In order to clarify the ongoing debates concerning these pending issues, economic analysis has proposed a series of interesting solutions based upon various institutional mechanisms and market devices. Paradoxically, environmental innovation occupies only a secondary role within this policy framework meanwhile many experts and analysts consider it as a key solution to environmental problems. Moreover, it is widely agreed that some environmental innovations should represent a considerable economic potential in the long term. How can one explain this paradox? We suggest in this exploratory article the following idea: innovation is not a core component in the agenda of policy-makers in charge of environment and climate issues because on the one hand innovation policies as well as environmental policies are usually inappropriate, and because these policies are usually designed and implemented without any due coordination among them, on the other hand. Codes JEL: B52, E6, L5, O3, Q55

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  • Marc-Hubert Depret & Abdelillah Hamdouch, 2009. "Quelles politiques de l'innovation et de l'environnement pour quelle dynamique d'innovation environnementale ?," Innovations, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 127-147.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:inndbu:inno_029_0127

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    Cited by:

    1. Angèle Renaud, 2013. "Configurations of the Interactive Use of Environmental Management Control
      [Les configurations de contrôle interactif dans le domaine environnemental]
      ," Post-Print halshs-01178070, HAL.
    2. Maria Lorek, 2013. "Innovations environnementales et transition des territoires industriels et portuaires : le cas de Gdansk, Pologne Environmental Innovation and the Economic Transition of the Industrial and port areas:," Working Papers 273, Laboratoire de Recherche sur l'Industrie et l'Innovation. ULCO / Research Unit on Industry and Innovation.
    3. Julien Jacob, 2011. "Innovation and diffusion in risky industries under liability law: the case of “double-impact” innovations," Working Papers of BETA 2011-24, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
    4. Sihem Dekhili & Mohamed Achabou, 2015. "The Influence of the Country-of-Origin Ecological Image on Ecolabelled Product Evaluation: An Experimental Approach to the Case of the European Ecolabel," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 131(1), pages 89-106, September.
    5. Marc-Hubert Depret & Abdelillah Hamdouch, 2012. "Clean Technologies and Perspectives of the Green Economy in Emergent and Developing Countries: Foundations, Opportunities and Constraints," Chapters,in: Crisis, Innovation and Sustainable Development, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    co-evolution; environmental innovations; firms; incentives; public policies; sustainable development;

    JEL classification:

    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation


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