the challenges of climate change and the use of and access to natural resources are directly linked to how we produce and consume products and services
to combat climate change the EU has set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % by 2020
projections show a doubling of total household consumption in terms of expenditure in the EU-25 by 2030 - leading to significant contributions to greenhouse gasses, pollution, material use, and natural resource depletion.
market failure neo-classical economics (Keynes) linear models of innovation addressing inputs & distribution rather than system supporting firms in isolation systems failure evolutionary economics (Joseph Schumpeter) innovation systems knowledge & interactive learning actors, infrastructure and culture networks & completition capacity building frameworks
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