United Kingdom


The United Kingdom (UK) is very active in the promotion of eco-innovation, the circular economy and new business models with environmental benefits. The country was in 11th position in the Eco-innovation rankings scoreboard for 2015. It performs above EU average regarding eco-innovation inputs and eco-innovation activities and significantly above EU average in terms of resource efficiency outcomes.

This dynamism is underlined by the existence of multiple organisations fostering systemic eco-innovation and a more circular economy, through the delivery of financial support, advice and networking opportunities to innovative SMEs and public bodies at the regional and at the national level. Such organisations include Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Catapult Centres.

In 2014 and 2015, particularly dynamic areas in terms of eco-innovation and the circular economy included: 1) Remanufacturing and new business models, 2) Waste management and recycling, 3) Sustainable use of natural resources and critical materials, 4) Low carbon transport, focussing in particular on ultra-low emission vehicles and 5) Clean and carbon abatement technologies.

Nowadays, more and more systemic and transformative eco-innovations and supporting policies are emerging in the United Kingdom, aiming to make a complete shift in the paradigm on current patterns of production and consumption. While there are a number of barriers to eco-innovation to be overcome in the future, the United Kingdom is firmly engaged in a transition from linear product supply chains to circular economy models.

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for The United Kingdom




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