This report summarises research on barriers to investment in innovation and whether opportunities are currently feasible or not in the collaborative economy, and in the area of green growth. For this purpose, multiple roundtable meetings have been organised and interviews have been held with entrepreneurs, academics, legal experts, representatives of companies and government, who are active in the field of the collaborative economy. This summary sets outs the priority aspects of the collaborative economy which require action.
The collaborative economy contributes to green growth, but its potential can be utilised better. This can be achieved by looking at the opportunities and barriers, which now exist because the difference between producers and consumers has become more blurred, as well as changing trends of consumers renting or sharing products rather than owning products. As a result new risks and questions arise concerning liability, taxation, and competition. This report suggests a role for the government in four areas: (1) to ensure that current legislation is clear in how it applies to the collaborative economy; (2) to provide regulatory flexibility for experiments; (3) to monitor relevant developments and safeguard the public interest; and (4) to address the barriers that have been identified in this research.