Expert Group members

Martin Charter

Martin_CharterMartin Charter is the Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ( at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and a former Visiting Professor of Sustainable Product Design at UCA before joining full-time. Since 1988, he has worked at director level in 'business and environment' issues in consultancy, leisure, publishing, training, events and research. Prior to this he held in a range of management positions in strategy, research and marketing in gardening, construction, trade exhibitions, financial services and consultancy including Save & Prosper Group, Reed International, Creative Marketing Group and Kiveton Park (Holdings) Ltd.

Martin was the launch Director of Greenleaf Publishing, Marketing Director at the Earth Centre, former co-ordinator of one the UK's first green business clubs, more recently he ran a regional network on green electronics ( and currently he directs a network focused on eco-innovation ( Presently, Martin also sits on sustainability advisory boards of P&G and InterfaceFlor in Europe. He is a regular international conference speaker and author and editor of various books and publications including Greener Marketing (1992 and 1999), The Green Management Gurus [e-book] (1996), Managing Eco-design (1997), Sustainable Solutions (2001) and System Innovation for Sustainability (2008). Martin has an MBA from Aston Business School (UK) and postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Rene Kemp

Prof Dr René Kemp is professor of innovation and sustainable development at the ICIS institute of Maastricht University and professorial fellow of UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He has worked on eco-innovation issues for 23 years, a topic on which he published 5 books and numerous articles. He is an expert on sustainability transitions (a field which he helped to establish). Together with Jan Rotmans he developed the model of transition management, which was adopted by the Dutch national government as the model for achieving sustainability, aligning energy policy with innovation and environmental policy.

studied econometrics in Tilburg (NL) and worked as a visiting researcher at Harvard (US), Foscari University in Venice (Italy), IPTS (Spain), STEP (Norway), SPRU (UK) and EAWAG in Switzerland. He is advisory editor of Research Policy (the leading innovation journal), editor of the Springer book series "Sustainability and Innovation" and editor of the new Elsevier Journal Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. He is involved in the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) as leading analyst and involved in UNEP's International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management as a reviewer. For the Environment Council of July 2004 he wrote a policy note on strategies for eco- innovation, which fed into the Council's conclusions.

Xavier Leflaive

Xavier_LeflaiveXavier Leflaive is a principal administrator at the OECD Environment Directorate. He has managed several projects related to the analysis of policies that support the development and diffusion of eco-innovations. He developed country profiles of non European OECD countries and China on policies to support eco-innovation (available at

In cooperation with DG Environment, Xavier assessed the national roadmaps to support eco-innovation, developed by EU member states under ETAP. He developed case studies on selected eco-innovations in several countries (including combined heat and power generation, micro combined heat and power, electric cars, carbon capture and storage, biopackaging, solar tiles) to explore the relationships between technical and non-technical innovations, the policy relevance of alternative patterns of technical trajectories, and innovative ways to transfer eco-innovation to developing and emerging economies. A flagship publication due at the end of 2010 will capture the main messages from this resrearch.

Birgit Munck-Kampmann

Birgit_Munck-KampmannBirgit Munck-Kampmann is the Director of the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC/SCP). In her capacity as Manager of European Topic Centres on Waste & Material Flows and Waste & Resource Management, she has gained a considerable knowledge about European environmental policies.

Birgit Munck-Kampmann has worked as deputy Head of Division in the Danish EPA, in the department for Strategic Environmental Planning, monitoring and indicators from 1996-2000 and earlier she has worked at the Danish Water Quality Institute, Rambøll & Hannemann and the Ministry of the Environment. Furthermore, Birgit has worked as lecturer in Economics at the Technical University of Denmark and the Copenhagen Business School. She has an extensive experience with environmental projects overseas, including the Far East, Africa and East & Central Europe. Her academic background is in International Economics with special focus on transfer of technologies to support the economic and social development in developing countries.

Klaus Rennings

Rennings_KlausDr. Klaus Rennings is senior researcher at the ZEW since 1994 and vice-head of the department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management". His main fields of research are: Innovation-oriented environmental policy and Sustainability Impacts Assessment.

Klaus Rennings has co-ordinated several big national and international research projects, including the EU STRATA network Blueprint ("Blueprints for an Integration of Science, Technology and Environmental Policy") and the EU Project I.Q. Tools ("Indicators and Quantitative Tools for Improving the Process of Impact Assessment for Sustainability"). He is member of the committee environmental and resource economics of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik). As a senior researcher, Klaus Rennings is responsible for the research area innovation and sustainable development at ZEW. The main research fields are here:
• Specification of rules, indicators, and strategies for sustainable economic activities
• Determinants and economic impacts of environmental innovations
• Environmental innovation systems

Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek

Schmidt-BleekProf. Dr. Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek is a founder and the president of Factor 10 Institute and the Laureate of Takeda Global Environment Award 2001(with E. von Weizsäcker).

Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek is a physical chemist by training (Max Planck Institute). During the 60ies he worked with Nobel Price winner Sherry Rowland, and as a faculty member at the University of Kansas, Purdue and Tennessee University, where he founded an environmental study centre in 1971, together with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Tennessee Valley Authority. Starting in 1974, he coordinated the (West) German environmental research, and later developed and administered the German chemical substance control legislation. As the head of Division at the OECD he was in charge of chemical management, including harmonized testing and evaluation procedures. He subsequently became leader of the Technology, Economics, and Society Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA, where his principal task was to support the development of market economic legislation in (former) COMECON countries in close cooperation with the chief economic advisor to President Gorbachev, Stash Shatalin.

Realizing that western environmental protection laws could not achieve sustainability, Schmidt-Bleek developed the Factor 10 dematerialization concept, including indicators such as “ecological rucksack” and MIPS (Material Footprint). He built up the Wuppertal Institute with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker as first Vice President, and served as chairperson for the Future Council of North-Rhine Westfalia. In the 90ies he became the founding president of the International Factor 10 Club and the Factor 10 Institute in the Provence. In 2008 he initiated the World Resources Forum Davos, and, together with Bernd Meyer, the Lindau Group, an association of concerned economists interested in economic perspectives of sustainable development. Schmidt-Bleek has taught physical chemistry, economics, law, and system design at various universities. He has published hundreds of papers and some 20 books in a number of languages.

About Schmidt-Bleek: ENV. MINISTRY, Director General in Charge, Bonn, 1982: “Father of the German Chemicals Act“; BILD DER WISSENSCHAFT 2006: “Father of Dematerialisation“. DER SPIEGEL, Sept 2009: “Doyen of the German environmental research“. FINANCIAL TIME DEUTSCHLAND: “one of the best known environmental scientist of Germany“.

Markku Wilenius

mwilenius-resizedWilenius has been working in Finland Futures Research Centre since 1996, where he has served as a director and responsible for research. He has been professor of futures studies in Turku School of Economics since 2004. In 2007 he was appointed the head of strategic research and development at Allianz SE, world´s leading private insurance company based in Munich, Germany. He returned to his academic work from the beginning of 2011. He has published several books on futures studies, sustainability, creativity, innovation and leadership. His fields of professional interest are sustainable development, culture's role and possibilities in the economic field and in the society as a whole, visionary and strategic management of organizations. Wilenius is a Member to the Club of Rome. In 2001 Wilenius was awarded the international Aurelio Peccei –prize by L’eta Verde organisation, based in Rome.





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