The Team

The Eco-Innovation Observatory is delivered by a core consortium of five organisations, supported by an Expert Group and a stakeholder Steering Group.

Technopolis Group (Belgium) - leader

Technopolis Group is a research and consulting company with a technopolis-logostaff of over 80 and working experience in some 35 countries. It is a leading international evaluation practitioner, with especially strong skills in research, development and innovation. Technopolis Group provides practical, knowledge-based research, advice and management support services to policy makers and organisations responsible for putting policy into practice. Its main focus in on science, technology and innovation and policies for economic and social development.

The company has developed a strong capacity and expertise in eco-innovation and sustainability themes. It has a long track record in the area of environment, energy and waste policy research programs both at the European and national level. A wide range of strategic studies and advice to regional, national and international governmental organisations, inventories and evaluations of environment related policies, innovation and research projects, background studies for the design of new programmes, thematic and conceptual papers have been provided by the Technopolis experts.

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C-Tech Innovation Ltd (UK) c-tech-new-white

C-Tech Innovation is an independent UK-based innovation management and technology development company totalling nearly 70 staff, working internationally with clients and partners in industry, academia, Government and NGOs.

The company is a major participant in European and national collaborative research and has particular strengths in project management, research and development, technical due diligence, market and technical awareness, IP exploitation, multidisciplinary consultancy and innovation training. C-Tech has extensive experience of technology development and creating new commercial products and processes through the implementation of novel technologies, with a particular emphasis on energy technologies, biotech and waste treatment.

C-Tech has well established and in-depth expertise in knowledge transfer in the areas of resource efficiency and environmental sustainability, delivering multiple national and sub-national publically-funded eco-innovation programmes helping businesses to adapt and succeed in the transition to a low carbon economy. The company is engaged in the sustainability agenda from policy maker level through to one-to-one business interactions, familar with both working with clients to implement immediate business solutions and running foresight projects to inform future policy direction on climate change.

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Finland Future Research Centre - FFRC (Finland)

Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) was established in 1992 as a special unit of the Turku School of Economics. Since 1stJanuary 2010 FFRC became a special unit of the University of Turku, Finland.

FFRC has expertise in academic futures research, education and foresight activities in different fields of society such as environmental issues, energy and climate policies, innovations, and culture. FFRC produces and refines visionary knowledge regarding alternative futures including related possibilities, challenges and threats. FFRC offers analytical futures-oriented information in interesting formats to back up its clients’ futures processes.

FFRC has offices in Turku, Helsinki and Tampere. The number of FFRC personnel is 50 and from the annual 2.5 M€ turnover around 85% comes from external sources.

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Sustainable Europe Research Institute - SERI (Austria)

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) is one of the leading European research institutions in the field of environmental accounting and material flow analysis, integrated economic-environmental modeling, policies for a sustainable natural resources use, and indicators for sustainable development. The institute was founded in 1999 and comprises a core research team of 20 experts from different scientific fields, including economics, ecology, land use planning, information technology, and development studies.

SERI follows a holistic approach which allows developing broad and comprehensive solutions to sustainable development. The institute supports decision makers in the areas of sustainable development with information relevant to their goals within the framework of national, regional and European sustainable policies.  Through the development of concrete policy recommendations, SERI constitutes an important link between scientific research and the practical implementation of results.

In order to implement effective strategies towards higher resource efficiency, SERI measures and analyses human resource use. We maintain a global data base on natural resource extraction ( and have vast experience in calculations of resource use indicators on the product, sectoral and macro levels. Our work also includes the development of new methods and indicators of environmental statistics, and the compilation of international environmental databases. We communicate our results to different groups in society who can contribute to a reduction in resource use: political decision makers, companies, civil society organisations as well as consumers.

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Wuppertal Institute (Germany)Wuppertal

The Wuppertal Institute explores and develops models, strategies and instruments to support sustainable development at local, national and international levels. Applied sustainability research is the Institute’s prime objective, which it approaches with an interdisciplinary perspective and systems understanding.

Since its establishment in 1991 the Wuppertal Institute has done extensive research on ways to increase resource productivity while enhancing economic output and well-being.  Concepts such as "Factor Four" (Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker), "Factor Ten" (Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek) and the "Energy Efficiency Revolution" (Peter Hennicke) were developed at the Wuppertal Institute.

Eco-innovation is seen as a further key strategy towards enabling the vision of an economy embedded in natural ecosystems with sustainable material flows.  Research projects examine the thesis that these eco-innovations can be established as lead markets of the future to increase competitiveness and achieve environmental targets. Special emphasis is put on analysing and supporting technological and social innovations that decouple prosperity and economic growth from the use of natural resources. Within the eco-innovation observatory, the Wuppertal Institute’s main focus is data collection and analysis, as well as preparation of the annual report.

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