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Sustainable Innovation
Key conclusions from Sustainable Innovation
Conferences 2003–2006 organised by
The Centre for Sustainable Design
Martin Charter & Tom Clark
The Centre for Sustainable Design
University College for the Creative Arts
www.cfsd.org.uk
May 2007

Contents
1

Introduction

05

2

Definition and importance of sustainable innovation

09

3

Drivers

12

4

‘State of the art’ and application

15

5

Obstacles

20

6

Policy needs

28

7

Needs for implementation in business

35

8

Needs for collaboration in establishing
Sustainable Innovation Systems (SIS)

40

9

Needs for further research and understanding

43

10

Conclusions

46

11

Further information

46

References

47

Appendices
Downloadable from www.cfsd.org.uk/si03_si06
1

List of presentations and papers: Sustainable Innovation 03 (TSPD8)

2

List of presentations and papers: Sustainable Innovation 04 (TSPD9)

3

List of presentations and papers: Sustainable Innovation 05 (TSPD10)

4

List of presentations and papers: Sustainable Innovation 06 (TSPD11)

1

Introduction

This booklet summarises the key conclusions from the 2003–2006 conferences on Sustainable Innovation organised by The Centre for Sustainable Design (www.cfsd.org.uk). The conclusions are drawn from the respective conference presentations, papers and discussions. The publication has been sponsored as part of a ‘Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Innovation & Design’ project awarded to The Centre for Sustainable Design by the South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

Sustainable Innovation conferences
The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 and one of the early needs it identified was for an annual (European) conference related to the design and development of sustainable products. As a result, the Centre organised a series of international conferences under the brand of Towards Sustainable Product Design (TSPD). From 2003 the events were re-branded under the title of Sustainable Innovation. In 2001, CfSD decided to add themes to the conferences and subsequently focused on Product-ServiceSystems (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2001), Management (London, UK, 2002), Innovation (Stockholm, Sweden 2003), New Business Models (Farnham, UK, 2004), State of the Art (Farnham, 2005), and on Global Developments (Chicago, USA, 2006). Construction and Buildings is the theme for the 2007 conference in Farnham, UK (the 12th conference in the series).

The 2006 conference in Chicago was the first time the event had been taken out of Europe. The continued success of the programme has been the result of wide sponsorship and support from the following:

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Government and regional agencies, including Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); Department of Trade & Industry (DTI); the Government Office for the SouthEast (GOSE), Ministry of Environment (Sweden); Nordic Council of Ministers; and South-East England Development Agency (SEEDA).

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Other organisations, including British Standards Institute (BSI); Buckinghamshire & Berkshire Sustainable Business Partnership; Delft University of Technology; e(c)oncept; Future 500; Hampshire Natural Resources Initiative; 02 Global Network; Oxfordshire Sustainable Business Partnership; Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology; Stuttgart Design Centre; Sustainable Trade & Innovation Centre (STIC); Surrey Economic Partnership; Swedish Business Development Agency (NUTEK); the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); West Sussex Sustainable Business Partnership; World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); and Waste & Resource Action Programme (WRAP).

The conferences have included presentations by invited speakers and papers refereed by expert advisory panels. Speakers and authors have included leading-edge international designers, inventors, academics and...
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