Innovation and Sustainable Development — Lessons for Innovation Policies? Introduction and Overview

  • Uwe Kuntze
  • Frieder Meyer-Krahmer
  • Rainer Walz
Part of the Technology, Innovation and Policy (ISI) book series (3217, volume 6)


When the modern industrial economy emerged the natural environment was considered an unlimited resource by industrial managers and most economists — nowadays we know better: the industrial economy needs fundamental re-thinking. A worldwide polluted environment, shrinking natural resources and ever growing social problems call for radically new concepts for the future industrial society. Since 1987 “sustainable development” became a key notion for visions of a production and consumption system that is able to reduce the use of natural resources and to avoid pollution to the maximum possible extent, blaming the simply growth oriented type of industrial technologies.


Sustainable Development Environmental Policy Environmental Sustainability Electricity Market Innovation Policy 
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  • Uwe Kuntze
  • Frieder Meyer-Krahmer
  • Rainer Walz

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