Eco-Innovations: Factor 4, Factor 10 and beyond

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Worldwide, our environment changes dramatically. It has become obvious that the entire life cycle of resources induces high environmental burdens. Economic growth in emerging nations as well as the still high demand for resources in industrial countries increase pressure on our natural environment. For a sustainable future, we need to combine high-quality wealth with reduced environmental impacts.

Eco-innovations point at the chances that lie in this challenge, for all economies. Since its establishment, the Wuppertal Institute has done intensive research regarding these chances. It has developed concepts like "Factor Four" (Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker), "Factor Ten" (Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek) and "Energy Efficiency Revolution" (Peter Hennicke). The focus lies on increasing resource productivity, i.e. minimising the input of natural resources while enhancing the economic output and well-being. For measuring and evaluating material intensity, appropriate concepts have been developed. Our research projects examine the thesis that these eco-innovations can be established as lead markets of the future and increase competitiveness in spite of many constraints.

Eco-innovations and the key strategy of increasing resource productivity follow the vision of an economy embedded in natural ecosystems and material flows with minimal resource use that does not develop at the expense of other regions. One objective to operationalise this vision is the decoupling of economic growth and resource use. The foundation of the UNEP International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, of which Stefan Bringezu is a member, underlines the great relevance of this subject for a sustainable development.

Topic Online "Eco-Innovations" presents cutting-edge and fascinating best practices which are available for download. They can be technical, institutional, organisational or social and illustrate the necessary systemic change. At the same time, problems and restraints that constrain these markets of the future are shown and political recommendations are given.

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: The Resource-Efficient Building Envelope

Functional Integration

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: Light-Emitting Diodes for General Lighting

A Bright Idea

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: Intracting Helps

Eco-Innovations in Public Administrations

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: Waterless Urinals

Saving Water and Improving Hygiene

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: Unburned Clay Building Materials

A Modern Option

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: Cutting Wood With Water

Water Hydraulics instead of Oil Hydraulics

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Best Practice Eco-Innovation: Energy Plus Pumps

Energy Efficient Circulating Pumps for Heating Systems

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Projects

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Dialogue on Climate Protection with the Industry in North-Rhine Westphalia

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MinRoh

Elaboration of Basics for the Development of a Resource Strategy for Minerals for North Rhine-Westphalia

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EBRD Phase II

Support for Conceptualisation and Prioritization of the EBRD's Sustainable Resources Initiative

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EBRD Phase I

Resource Efficiency Opportunities for Countries in the EBRD Region: Supporting the Transition to Green Market Economies

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ÖkonRess

Development of Proposals for the Use of Economic Instruments to Increase Resource Efficiency in Germany and Europe

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Resource EIA

Strategic Review of an Operationalised Protective Good "Natural Resources" within the Framework of the Environmental Impact Assessment

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POLFREE

Policy Options for a Resource Efficient Economy

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PlastCycle

Development of Instruments and Policy Measures to Increase the Use of Secondary Resources - with a Focus on Recycled Plastics

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KRESSE

Critical Mineral Resources and Material Flows during the Transformation of the German Energy Supply System

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EIAP IA

Support for the Impact Assessment of a Possible Eco-Innovation Action Plan

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EIO

EU Eco-Innovation Observatory

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Eco-Innovation

Eco-Innovation - Putting the EU on the Path to a Resource and Energy Efficient Economy

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Competitiveness

The Links between the Environment and Competitiveness

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Expansion of the Use of Energy Crops and Land Use Competition

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MaRess

Material Efficiency and Resource Conservation: An Analysis of Material Flows, Sectors, Categories of Needs and the Development of Strategies and Instruments

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Publications

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Sustainable Growth and Resource Productivity

Economic and Global Policy Issues

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Sustainable Resource Management

Global Trends, Visions and Policies

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Strukturwandel und Ressourcenpolitik

Impulse für die politische Debatte im Wahljahr 2009

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Eco-Innovation

Putting the EU on the path to a resource and energy efficient economy

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Decoupling GDP Growth from Resource Use

A paper on behalf of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management

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Ressourceneffizienz: Warum sie verdient, viel schneller umgesetzt zu werden

Entwicklung, Potenziale und Hindernisse

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Resource Strategies in Japan

Brochure shows options for Germany and Europe

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Corporate Governance of Sustainability

A Co-Evolutionary View on Resource Management

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Towards a Sustainable Biomass Strategy

What we know and what we should know

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Resource Use in European Countries

An estimate of materials and waste streams in the Community, including imports and exports using the instrument of material flow analysis

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