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:
ECO-INNOVATION IN EUROPE:
NEW MARKETS FOR POLICY AND BUSINESS
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
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.