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The dynamics of environmental innovations: three stylised trajectories of clean technology

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  • Vanessa Oltra
  • Maider Saint Jean

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In this article, we explore the dynamics of environmental innovations developed by firms to comply with environmental regulations. Our analysis is based on a micro-simulation model of industrial dynamics. The question arises: how do firms competing in the same industry deal with environmental issues without altering their productive efficiency or the performance of the product? We focus on clean technology which seeks to combine environmental and productive dimensions by way of innovation offsets. Our simulations show that an innovative strategy based on a good balance between environmental and productive dimensions takes more time to develop and needs to address a 'competence destroying effect'. Finally, we study favourable conditions for the development of this type of clean technology and draw some policy implications.

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  • Vanessa Oltra & Maider Saint Jean, 2005. "The dynamics of environmental innovations: three stylised trajectories of clean technology," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(3), pages 189-212.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:14:y:2005:i:3:p:189-212 DOI: 10.1080/1043859042000226202
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    Keywords

    Environmental innovation; Clean technology; Innovation offsets; Industrial dynamics;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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