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Summary of the International Workshop on Eco-Innovation in Athens


Logotech in collaboration with Greenovate! Europe  (Belgium) organised an international workshop on “Eco Innovation in Europe: New Markets for Policy & Business” on the 5th November 2007 at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens. The event focused on the definitions, political directions and business opportunities relating to eco-innovation.  


The idea of eco-innovation is fairly recent. It is usually defined as 'new products and processes which provide customer and business value but significantly decrease environmental impacts. Eco-innovation is closely linked to a variety of related terms. Often it is used interchangeably with 'environmental innovation' or linked with 'environmental technology', 'eco-efficiency', 'eco-design', and 'sustainable design'. Eco-innovation is an area of growing importance where discussions are very valid for the shaping of future directions for both Policy and Business.


Below, you may see the Workshop Agenda:










10h00        Welcome

George Strogylopoulos, Chairman, Logotech SA

Representative, General Secretariat of Research and Technology (Greece)


10.05         Setting the scene


Eco-innovation as USP for Europe in the global competition

Sebastian Gallehr, Chairman of the Europe INNOVA eco innovation panel, CEO of e5-European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (Germany)


Eco innovation in Europe: the state of play

René Kemp, Senior researcher, Maastricht University and Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands)


10h30        Eco-innovative policy: the response to environmental threats

                  Moderation: George Strogylopoulos, Chairman, Logotech SA (Greece)


                  What policy measures and instruments are available to support eco-innovation? What are the trends in EC policy? How can the Structural Funds be used to better support eco-innovation? What good practice exists?


o        Stefano Valentini, ASTER (Italy)

o        Danae Diakoulaki, Professor, National Technical University of Athens (Greece)

o        Astrid Severin, Executive Manager, Greenovate! Europe (Belgium)

o        Friedrich Hinterberger, President, S.E.R.I. (Austria)

o        Smaro Zisopoulou, Ministry of Economy and Finance (Greece)

o        Nikos Sakkas, Partner and Project Manager, Apintech Ltd (Greece)


11h45        Roundtable discussion

                  All speakers above


12.30         Lunch


13.30         Eco-innovative business: a booming sector?

                  Moderation: Sebastian Gallehr, Chairman of the Europe INNOVA eco innovation panel, CEO of e5-European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (Germany)


                  What is needed to bring clean technologies and services to the market? What does an eco-innovation friendly business environment look like? Where are the markets? How can Europe keep in a leading position? What are the opportunities for greener industries?


o        Katharina Krell, Executive Manager, Greenovate! Europe (Belgium)

o        Andreas Gournelos, Project Manager, RF Energy SA (Greece)

o        Taco van Someren, Managing Partner, Ynnovate (Netherlands)

o        Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek, President, Factor 10 Institute and International Factor 10 Club (France)

o        Dr George Vekinis, President of "Advanced Industrial Technologies SA"


15.15         Roundtable discussion

                                    All speakers above


16.00         Closing Remarks

                  Sebastian Gallehr and George Strogylopoulos


16.15                 End of workshop


Eco-innovation continuously gains more attention on the European political and business agenda. A number of individuals expressed interest to attend the Eco-innovation workshop, coming from EU countries, and a variety of backgrounds, as the consulting industry, research institutions, associations and the academia. Both sides; speakers and workshop participants felt that the event was interesting, much for their personal interest and for their professional careers.



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