Environmental Macro Indicators of Innovation

  • Project no.3344
  • Duration 11/2011 - 05/2015

EMInInn aims at assessing the environmental impacts associated with innovation.
In a first step EMInInn will assemble and coherently set out macro-indicators and data of environmental impacts and, parallel to this, indicators and data to measure technical innovations. The definitions and delineations will be the basis for operationalising the assessments as well as for selecting appropriate analytical frameworks.

EMInInn will develop an innovative methodology, incorporating and integrating a number of advanced analytical approaches for the ex post assessment of the macro-environmental impacts of innovation. This methodology will be applied in different areas:

  • Energy sources and conversion technologies
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Transport
  • Built environment and buildings
  • Waste management

EMInInn aims at assessing environmental impacts of established as well as emerging technologies. In selected cases options for scenarios to model burden-shifting and rebound effects will be explored.
A number of workshops and papers will allow interaction with experts, stakeholders and policy-makers. EMInInn will strengthen the science-policy link. In that context EMInInn will address three established EU policy areas, which cover three major environmental impact areas:

  • Resources and waste,
  • Energy and climate, as well as
  • Land-use and biodiversity.

EMInInn aims at generating contributions for improving EU-policies for a transition towards a more sustainable Europe and thus contribute to the flagship initiatives for a Resource Efficient Europe and the Innovation Union.

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