Eco-innovation in Poland: 2012 update
|Eco-innovation in Poland: 2012 update|
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Positive, albeit slow changes can be observed in Poland in the area of eco-innovations. They do not immediately translate into a significant increase in the value of the eco-innovativeness index. Compared with 2011 Poland moved from the last place to the 25th position. The increase occurred in the area of eco-innovation output.
Significant recent initiatives include:
Despite these positive signals, development of eco-innovations in Poland is still hindered by a number of barriers. Eco-innovations still tend to be perceived as “end of pipe, environmental protection technologies” rather than a cross- cutting innovations. Transition to a low-carbon economy is perceived as a threat in companies and SMEs. Implementation of stringent environmental regulations is seen solely as a cost and not as an opportunity for building an innovative and competitive economy. Awareness on the benefits resulting from implementation of eco-innovative technologies among entrepreneurs and consumers in general is relatively low. Entrepreneurs tend to invest in cheapest technologies allowing them to achieve the commercial goal or meet the minimum legislative requirement. Many entrepreneurs and research organisation fail to see benefits from cooperation. Establishment of the National Centre for Research and Development and development of clusters should improve that situation.
In overall, Poland sill lacks an integrated support system for eco-innovations that would cover all institutions and subjects involved in the development of the green economy.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 13:02|