Advertisement

Changing Patterns in Eco-Innovation Research: A Bibliometric Analysis

  • Serdar TürkeliEmail author
  • René Kemp
Chapter
Part of the Sustainability and Innovation book series (SUSTAINABILITY)

Abstract

In this chapter we analyze patterns in the nature of eco-innovation research. For this, we conducted different types of bibliometric analyses on Web of Science Core Collection data. The analysis reveals that eco-innovation is examined from different perspectives. These are (1) supply-side perspectives focusing on firms and industries (e.g. drivers for and barriers to eco-innovation); (2) technology-centered research (e.g. carbon capture and storage, electric vehicles, smart plugs); (3) science-based research (e.g. new materials); (4) sectoral studies (e.g. steel and iron industry, transport, information technology, food, agriculture, tourism); (5) the knowledge support element in eco-innovation (e.g. skills and training); (6) demand-side analyses (e.g. diffusion and adoption dynamics of individuals, households, firms), and (7) a policy influence perspective (the impact of policy instruments e.g. eco-labels, policy mixes). Concept-wise, we observe that the concepts of industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, and circular economy are gaining importance as analytical lenses. Our analysis reveals differences between “eco-innovation” and “environmental innovation” research in that the latter pays more attention to policy influences and is less consumption-oriented. We also identified a shift from analysing the impact towards supply and demand side research, a shift from environmental innovations to the generative processes and dilemmas for sustainability-oriented innovations, and a rise in publications from less developed parts of the world.

Notes

Acknowledgement

We want to thank Christiane Reif and Jens Horbach for offering comments and suggestions to an earlier version of the chapter. We are grateful to Alison Cathles for chapter proofreading.

References

  1. Adams, R., Jeanrenaud, S., Bessant, J., Denyer, D., & Overy, P. (2016). Sustainability-oriented innovation: A systematic review. International Journal of Management Reviews, 18(2), 180–205.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Andersen, M. M. (2008, June). Eco-innovation–towards a taxonomy and a theory. In 25th celebration DRUID conference.Google Scholar
  3. Artes, F., Gomez, P., Aguayo, E., Escalona, V., & Artes-Hernandez, F. (2009). Sustainable sanitation techniques for keeping quality and safety of fresh-cut plant commodities. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 51(3), 287–296.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. ASEIC. (2011). Opgeroepen op September 2, 2016, van About ASEIC: http://www.aseic.org/IntroR.do
  5. Barbieri, N., Ghisetti, C., Gilli, M., Marin, G., & Nicolli, F. (2016). A survey of the literature on environmental innovation based on main path analysis. Journal of Economic Surveys, 30(3), 596–623.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Bastian, M., Heymann, S., & Jacomy, M. (2009). Gephi: An open source software for exploring and manipulating networks. Icwsm, 8, 361–362.Google Scholar
  7. Bergek, A., & Berggren, C. (2014). The impact of environmental policy instruments on innovation: A review of energy and automotive industry studies. Ecological Economics, 106, 112–123.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Bocken, N. M. P., Short, S. W., Rana, P., & Evans, S. (2014). A literature and practice review to develop sustainable business model archetypes. Journal of Cleaner Production, 65, 42–56.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Bossle, M. B., de Barcellos, M. D., Vieira, L. M., & Sauvee, L. (2016). The drivers for adoption of eco-innovation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 113, 861–872.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Brunnermeier, S. B., & Cohen, M. A. (2003). Determinants of environmental innovation in US manufacturing industries. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 45(2), 278–293.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Burchart-Korol, D., Pichlak, M., & Kruczek, M. (2016). Innovative technologies for greenhouse gas emission reduction in steel production. Metalurgija, 55(1), 119–122.Google Scholar
  12. Byrka, K., Jedrzejewski, A., Sznajd-Weron, K., & Weron, R. (2016). Difficulty is critical: The importance of social factors in modeling diffusion of green products and practices. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 62, 723–735.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Chappin, E. J., & Ligtvoet, A. (2014). Transition and transformation: A bibliometric analysis of two scientific networks researching socio-technical change. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 30, 715–723.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Chua, S. (1999). Economic growth, liberalization, and the environment: A review of the economic evidence. Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 24, 391–430.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. de Medeiros, J. F., Ribeiro, J. L. D., & Cortimiglia, M. N. (2014). Success factors for environmentally sustainable product innovation: A systematic literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 65, 76–86.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. del Rio, P., Penasco, C., & Romero-Jordan, D. (2016). What drives eco-innovators? A critical review of the empirical literature based on econometric methods. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, 2158–2170.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Diaz-Garcia, C., Gonzalez-Moreno, A., & Saez-Martinez, F. J. (2015). Eco-innovation: Insights from a literature review. Innovation-Management Policy & Practice, 17(1), 6–23.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Environment Agency. (2007). http://ew.eea.europa.eu. Opgeroepen op July 2016, van what is eco-innovation? http://web.archive.org/web/20131107101137/http:/ew.eea.europa.eu/Industry/innovation/faq296659
  19. European Commission. (2006). Decision no 1639/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 2006 establishing a competitiveness and innovation framework programme (2007 to 2013). Official Journal of the European Union.Google Scholar
  20. European Commission. (2011). Attitudes of European entrepreneurs towards eco-innovation: Analytical report. Flash Eurobarometer 315, Directorate-General Environment. Brussels: Eurobarometer.Google Scholar
  21. European Commission. (2012). Eco-innovation the key to Europe’s future competitiveness. European Commission: Luxembourg.Google Scholar
  22. Faber, A., & Frenken, K. (2009). Models in evolutionary economics and environmental policy: Towards an evolutionary environmental economics. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 76(4), 462–470.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Fussler, C., & James, P. (1996). A breakthrough discipline for innovation and sustainability. London: Pitman Publishing.Google Scholar
  24. Garfield, E. (2009). From the science of science to Scientometrics visualizing the history of science with HistCite software. Journal of Informetrics, 3(3), 173–179.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Gavel, Y., & Iselid, L. (2008). Web of science and scopus: A journal title overlap study. Online Information Review, 32(1), 8e21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Ghazal, M., Akmal, M., Iyanna, S., & Ghoudi, K. (2016). Smart plugs: Perceived usefulness and satisfaction: Evidence from United Arab Emirates. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 55, 1248–1259.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. Hojnik, J., & Ruzzier, M. (2016). What drives eco-innovation? A review of an emerging literature. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 19, 31–41.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Horbach, J., Rammer, C., & Rennings, K. (2012). Determinants of eco-innovations by type of environmental impact—The role of regulatory push/pull, technology push and market pull. Ecological Economics, 78, 112–122.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Inigo, E. A., & Albareda, L. (2016). Understanding sustainable innovation as a complex adaptive system: A systemic approach to the firm. Journal of Cleaner Production, 126, 1–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Karakaya, E., Hidalgo, A., & Nuur, C. (2014). Diffusion of eco-innovations: A review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 33, 392–399.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Kemp, R., & Pearson, P. (2007). Final report of measuring eco-innovation (MEI project), Bruxelles.Google Scholar
  32. Kemp, R., & Pontoglio, S. (2011). The innovation effects of environmental policy instruments—A typical case of the blind men and the elephant? Ecological Economics, 72, 28–36.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Ketata, I., Sofka, W., & Grimpe, C. (2015). The role of internal capabilities and firms’ environment for sustainable innovation: Evidence for Germany. R & D Management, 45(1), 60–75.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Klewitz, J., & Hansen, E. G. (2014). Sustainability-oriented innovation of SMEs: A systematic review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 65, 57–75.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Lang-Koetz, C., Pastewski, N., & Rohn, H. (2010). Identifiying new technologies, products and strategies for resource efficiency. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 33(4), 559–566.Google Scholar
  36. Lucchetti, M. C., & Arcese, G. (2014). Tourism management and industrial ecology: A theoretical review. Sustainability, 6(8), 4900–4909.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  37. Markard, J., Raven, R., & Truffer, B. (2012). Sustainability transitions: An emerging field of research and its prospects. Research Policy, 41(6), 955–967.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  38. Markard, J., & Truffer, B. (2008). Technological innovation systems and the multi-level perspective: Towards an integrated framework. Research Policy, 37, 596–615.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  39. Mirabella, N., Castellani, V., & Sala, S. (2014). Current options for the valorization of food manufacturing waste: A review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 65, 28–41.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  40. Mol, A., & Sonnenfeld, D. (2000). Ecological modernisation around the world: Perspectives and critical debates. London: Frank Cass.Google Scholar
  41. Mol, A., Sonnenfeld, D., & Spaargaren, G. (Eds.). (2009). The ecological modernisation reader. Environmental reform in theory and practice. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  42. OECD. (2010). Eco-innovation in industry – Enabling green growth. La Vergne, TN: OECD Publishing.Google Scholar
  43. OECD. (2012). The future of eco-innovation: The role of business models in green transformation. OECD Publishing.Google Scholar
  44. Prieto-Sandoval, V., Alfaro, J. A., Mejía-Villa, A., & Ormazabal, M. (2016). ECO-labels as a multidimensional research topic: Trends and opportunities. Journal of Cleaner Production, 135, 806–818.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  45. Qi, G. Y., Zeng, S. X., Tam, C. M., Yin, H. T., & Zou, H. L. (2013). Stakeholders’ influences on corporate green innovation strategy: A case study of manufacturing firms in China. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 20(1), 1–14.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  46. Reid, A., & Miedzinski, M. (2008). Eco-innovation: Final report for sectoral innovation watch (Systematic Eco-Innovation Report).Google Scholar
  47. Rennings, K. (2000). Redefining innovation—eco-innovation research and the contribution from ecological economics. Ecological Economics, 32(2), 319–332.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  48. Rezvani, Z., Jansson, J., & Bodin, J. (2015). Advances in consumer electric vehicle adoption research: A review and research agenda. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 34, 122–136.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  49. Schot, J., & Geels, F. W. (2008). Strategic niche management and sustainable innovation journeys: Theory, findings, research agenda, and policy. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 20(5), 537–554.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  50. Türkeli, S., Kemp, R., Huang, B., Bleischwitz, R., & McDowall, W. (2018). Circular economy scientific knowledge in the European Union and China: A bibliometric, network and survey analysis (2006–2016). Journal of Cleaner Production, 197, 1244–1261.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  51. UNEP. (2014). Eco-innovation manual.Google Scholar
  52. van Berkel, R. (2007). Eco-efficiency in primary metals production: Context, perspectives and methods. Resources Conservation and Recycling, 51(3), 511–540.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  53. Van Eck, N. J., & Waltman, L. (2010). Software survey: VOSviewer, a computer program for bibliometric mapping. Scientometrics, 84(2), 523–538.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  54. Viaggi, D. (2015). Research and innovation in agriculture: Beyond productivity. Bio-based and Applied Economics, 4(3), 279–300.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Nations University-MERIT, Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations