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Diversely moving towards a green economy: Techno-organisational decarbonisation trajectories and environmental policy in EU sectors

Massimiliano Mazzanti () and Ugo Rizzo ()

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2017, vol. 115, issue C, 111-116

Abstract: This paper adopts an ex ante perspective to investigate the potential techno-organisational dynamics related to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU by 2030 and 2050. We provide a qualitative analysis based on interviews with representatives from the main manufacturing sectors in the EU. Path dependency and enhanced carbon pricing may support the ‘incremental path’. More radical changes are achievable through strong techno-organisational reorganisation and new policy support. It follows that technological innovation is sufficiently effective only if coupled with organisational innovation. Earmarking ‘environmental revenues’ to support sector R&D is a way to enhance the governance of the innovation-policy realm and create opportunities for radical innovation.

Keywords: Techno-organisational change; Climate change; EU 2030 2050 targets; Sectors; Eco-innovations; Climate policy; Energy policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L52 O33 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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