Eco-innovation
  What is Eco-innovation   Principles of design for eco-innovation   Eco-innovation resources
  What is Eco-Innovation
  ‘eco-innovation allows businesses to respond to the sustainable development challenge by identifying and evaluating opportunities to engage in resource effective practices, and offer tailored solutions to their specific structures and capacities’
  Background
 

While LED technologies represent a significant energy efficiency innovation within the lighting sector, the aim of eco-innovation is to decouple the market growth of important low carbon technologies (such as LEDs) from the environmental & social impacts resulting from resource consumption, particularly for designated cycLED target metals. Eco-innovation can provide businesses with the opportunity of reducing risks, reducing costs while at the same time adding value. The opportunity to add value through better products, processes and services is what separates eco-innovation from other resource management actions available to business (EDCW 2013).

The need for eco-innovation is that existing environmental innovation practices only offer incremental improvements to the environmental profile of technologies, these improvements are insufficient if we are to achieve required environmental targets (Hellstr√∂m, 2007; Huesemann, 2006). Eco-innovation seeks more radical (step-change) improvement resulting from influencing social, business model and institutional change alongside the technological innovation required to deliver ‘absolute’ rather than ‘relative’ decoupling of market growth from environmental impact (UNEP, 2011).
 

 

  Figure 1: Resource decoupling
  CycLED aims to support the LED lighting sector in the transition from incremental innovation (small modifications to existing product & processes) to significant product re-design or the development of new alternate products, services and business models. This transition will be supported through the development of an eco-innovation approach including technical guidelines and explorative and strategic tools, which addresses three key questions:

1. How we design & assemble lighting products to optimize their resource performance potential?
2. How we service & support them to realize this potential?
3. How we derive business value from doing this?