Innovation: Paper: Eco-innovation in NICs: conditions for export success with an application to biofuels in transport

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Keywords: 
biofuels, transport, eco-innovation
The objectives of GLOBIS are to synthesize from the scholarly debate in different disciplines, a theoretical foundation for reconciling the three global processes: globalization, development and sustainable development. Our ontological assumption is that globalization is an ongoing and in principle benign process, but a process that needs to be promoted and adjusted in relation to sustainable development. Development as a concrete and institutionalized process also needs to be carefully aligned with sustainability.

Based on this comprehensive understanding we will analyze how the global flows of financial capital, people, goods and ideas are promoted, restricted and regulated through a number of important policy areas, such as: trade, agriculture and food, energy, transport, technology and innovation, and tourism, in order to identify the existing tensions in globalization, recognizing the trade-offs involved, and thus pointing to possible areas of reform in current policy practices and global institutions.

GLOBIS will serve to inform European policy processes on how to reconcile globalization and sustainable development in order to promote ambition of EU to become the leading force in the world towards sustainability. This will be pursued through a number of thematic studies of important policy areas. The project will engage stakeholders from different sectors of EU and beyond in dialogues on concrete policy dilemmas.

PROJECT GOALS:

To investigate the interactions between sustainable development and globalisation, through theoretical assessments and case studies
Case study research, based on the eco-innovation literature and lead markets concept
This paper looks at sustainable development and globalisation from the perspective of the eco-innovation literature, for the case of biofuels in transport. It assesses the potential for NICs to develop technology and hence export markets in biofuels equipment.
An analysis of innovation indicators suggests those countries which have strong capacities in eco-innovation in general.
An analysis of biofuels in transport considers demand and regulatory factors in addition to technological capabilities in biofuels and complementary sectors. A very large global market in biofuels for transport could develop.

The case of biofuels in Brazil shows that demand oriented innovation policy coordinated with supply oriented R&D policies can be successful in NICs in developing markets in new technologies for sustainability. Brazil, China, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa and also Indonesia, Thailand and possibly India have the favourable combination of high biofuels production potential and the requisite technological capability to develop internationally competitive 2nd generation biofuels production technologies.

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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Globalisation Informed By Sustainable Development

Acronym: 
GLOBIS

Runtime: 
01.09.2009 to 31.08.2013

Status: 
completed project

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET

(Sweden)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mr. OLSSON Krister

Website: http://www.lu.se

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FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

(Germany)

Contact person: Mr. STEIERT Maximilian

Website: http://www.fraunhofer.de

Phone: +49-76145885308

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SOCIETE DE MATHEMATIQUES APPLIQUEES ET DE SCIENCES HUMAINES

(France)

Contact person: Mr. MAILLES Jean Pierre

Phone: +33-0607808858

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