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The Role of Standards in Eco-innovation: Lessons for Policymakers

Herman R.J. Vollebergh and Edwin van der Werf ()

No 2013.74, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Abstract: This paper aims to help policy makers identify how standards can contribute to the effective and cost-efficient development and deployment of eco-innovations (innovations that result in a reduction of environmental impact). To that end we discuss what standards are, how the process of standardization works, and how standards are related to induced innovation and diffusion in different type of markets, e.g. markets for add-on technologies versus markets for integrated resource- or emission-saving technologies. This broad perspective enables us to identify interesting economic dimensions of standards, such as their contribution to positive network externalities, and the extent to which they are substitutes or complements to environmental policy instruments. Finally we discuss how governments might contribute to eco-innovation by selecting, stimulating or creating (inter)national standards.

Keywords: Standards; Technological Change; Eco-innovation; Environmental Policy Instruments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q38 Q55 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-cse, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-ino, nep-knm and nep-res
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