Business Information

Many organisations and initiatives have developed information sources on instruments, methods and tools supporting eco-innovation process at the company level. They range from environmental checklists as very basic tools, requiring limited resources, to more complex approaches supporting the innovation process. Some of them are presented below. Please contact us to contribute new useful sources!

Initiative and its relevance for eco-innovation


The United Kingdom's Waste & Resources Action Programme website provides guidance on enhancing resource efficiency for local authorities, individuals and businesses.

The Global Footprint Network offers to assist businesses in the utilisation of Ecological Footprint measures in order to derive benchmarks, quantitative targets as well as evaluations of future activities and strategies that can feed into strategic decision-making frameworks.


ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency)(France): ADEME provides training, information, networking, advice and financial assistance to companies who want to improve their efficiency and their ecological track record.

Centre for Sustainable Design (UK): The Centre offers consultancy services, designs training programmes, facilitates expert workshops, and provides informational resources in different areas concerned with the sustainability of products.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development offers an eco-efficiency learning module online that helps to come up with eco-efficient innovations.

The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative provides a series of training materials on life cycle management. They enable the assessment of an innovation’s environmental, social and economic impacts considering the entire life cycle of an existing product.


UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) helps companies in developing countries to move to clean technologies and to adopt more sustainable methods of production. National Cleaner Production Centres in 43 countries support companies that want to move to green technologies by disseminating information, creating awareness, training professionals as well as by offering plant assessments and practical demonstrations.

The LiMaS (Life Cycle Innovation & Management for SMEs) project has developed a free and user-friendly web-based tool that facilitates the eco-innovation developments by technicians in SMEs.

The MePPS (Methodology for Product Service Systems) webtool assists your organisation in creating new product-service offerings.

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) (UK): NISP assists member companies with 12 regional teams of industrial symbiosis practitioners who work closely with NISP members to enhance their resource efficiency. Membership is free.

The REMake website on recycling and resource efficiency for SMEs in the manufacturing industry offers hands-on information, technical expertise and practical tools as well as consultancy services in the area of resource efficiency.

(Search term: “remake”)

The compendium “Resource productivity in 7 steps” by the Wuppertal Institute contains practical advice to designers, engineers, distributors, bankers, lawmakers and others on how to increase the resource productivity of goods and services.


The “Design for Sustainability: A Step-by-Step Approach” by UNEP is targeted at designers and industry and focuses on three different design approaches: redesign of existing products, radical sustainable product innovation and new product development.

Inspiring case studies on eco-innovation can be found on the European Commission website.

The OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit provides an internationally applicable common set of indicators to measure environmental performance at the level of facilities.

(Search term: “Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit”)

The Carbon Trust (UK) has published 'Green Your Business for Growth' guide. The guide includes information and practical advice on how businesses can develop a strategy to implement the green growth strategy. The guide focuses notably on improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint of company's operations as well as products and services. The publication features case studies of companies.

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