How important is the C2CN for Europe? Igor Jelinski, EC/DG Environment


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  • 07/06/10
  • 07/06/10
  • Demand Need more of a eco-friendly market Pull through demand: Green Public Procurement Focus on domains with big potential pay-off Construction Industry, Recycling Review of ETAP: review actions and focus on those with highest impact
  • Eco-efficiency and 'Green growth' have also recently been discussed at international level (OECD Ministerial Council meeting in June, UNEP actiivities)
  • 07/06/10
  • 07/06/10
  • How important is the C2CN for Europe? Igor Jelinski, EC/DG Environment

    1. 1. Eco-Innovation & C2CN – Merging environmental and cohesion policy Mechelen 26 / 05 /20 10 Igor Jelinski DG ENV , E.4 „LIFE -Environment and Eco-innovation”
    2. 2. The Europe 2020 vision <ul><li>The Europe 2020 vision: Smart, sustainable and inclusive growth </li></ul><ul><li>A new governance framework for the European Union and the Member States </li></ul><ul><li>Flagship initiatives to solve </li></ul><ul><li>societal challenges </li></ul><ul><li>The “Innovation Union” – A new </li></ul><ul><li>European innovation strategy </li></ul>
    3. 3. Bridging the gap - Environment and growth <ul><li>Eco-industries in the European Union: </li></ul><ul><li>Annual turnover 319 billion Euro (2,5% EU GDP) </li></ul><ul><li>Strong recent growth (app. 8 % p.a.) </li></ul><ul><li>3,4 million directly employed (1,5% of EU employment) </li></ul><ul><li>600 000 jobs created between 2004 - 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Venture Capital : 1.6 billion USD investment in cleantech in 2009 in EU </li></ul>Source: IDEA Consulting and Ecorys, Study on the competitiveness of the EU eco-industry, 2009
    4. 4. EU Action Plan 2004 - 2009 ETAP Getting from Research to Markets Improving Market Conditions Acting Globally <ul><ul><li>Priority Actions </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>ETAP: Promote eco-innovation and the take-up of environmental Technologies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D: €10 billion in FP7 for environmental technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 technology platforms (fuel cells, H2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailor-made financial instruments for eco-innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansion of eco-design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Technology Verification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of state-aid ( eco-innovation bonus) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Public Procurement -> 50% target </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness-raising -> ETAP Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation in promising areas -> Lead Markets </li></ul></ul>EU-wide Action 2004 - 2009
    6. 6. ETAP has been successful <ul><li>Conditions have improved thanks to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Putting environmental technologies/ eco-innovation on the agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobilizing Member State actions (ETAP national roadmaps) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focusing research efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving market conditions through: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinating policies (Lead Market Initiative) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative financial instruments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships with the private sector </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. But obstacles remain <ul><li>Generic eco-innovation barriers </li></ul><ul><li>ETAP-specific issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited information on EU and Member State performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus of actions and coordination of efforts and policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity and overlap of instruments (both at EU and Member State level) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uneven impact on Member States (long run) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited impact globally </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Need for our economies to adapt to resource and carbon constrained world – paradigm shift </li></ul><ul><li>Good for the economy, jobs and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>The economic crisis - an opportunity to speed up this adjustment process </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-efficiency and 'Green growth' a challenge both for the EU and globally </li></ul>Why an Eco-innovation Action Plan?
    9. 9. <ul><li>Creation of greater market demand from the private sector for Eco-Innovation: - changing the relative prices, working to influence consumption patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of the new public infrastructure needed – to avoid lock-in to existing economic patterns: eg. electric car charging points </li></ul><ul><li>Supply-side innovation policy to help firms change the direction of their innovation – eg. skills support </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance to firms to adjust their production, business models, efficiency and skills to new market conditions </li></ul>What is needed from policy to foster eco-innovation
    10. 10. From ETAP to an Eco-innovation Action Plan <ul><li>Objectives still relevant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eco-innovation for competitiveness and sustainable development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU competitive advantage in the green tech sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobilize stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New, reinforced targeted actions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Priority areas still relevant: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From research to demonstration and wider use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better markets and diffusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting globally </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. From ETAP to an Eco-innovation Action Plan <ul><li>New focus… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of environmental (and economic) policy in promoting eco-innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand focus from green tech to eco-innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better coordination of EU and Member State actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage further private funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase SME focus and networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforce the global dimension </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>C2C Network = first FTN in the area of environment/sustainable development/eco-innov. </li></ul><ul><li>Help regions fill the project pipeline with qualitative and innovative projects towards EU 2020 objectives (resource-efficiency, knowledge society…) </li></ul><ul><li>EC support to cutting-edge innovation & developments </li></ul><ul><li>Merging cohesion and environmental policy </li></ul><ul><li>Regions often incubators of innovative policy approaches </li></ul>C2CN in the new framework?
    13. 13. <ul><li>In general focus on the substance & process of developing the action plans </li></ul><ul><li>Support to regular organisation of steering committee (help on agendas, debates, reports…) </li></ul><ul><li>Act as an animator (checking benchmarks are set in the project to assure achievements of results); </li></ul>Role of EC
    14. 14. <ul><li>Help setting up a culture of transparency and communication (need for a well organised website) </li></ul><ul><li>Help to establish a culture of peer assessment </li></ul><ul><li>To confirm the involvement of the Managing and other authorities in the project </li></ul>Role of EC
    15. 15. <ul><li>The C2C FTN is ‘just in time’ vs. recent policy developments at EU level </li></ul><ul><li>EC will be closely involved and push for success </li></ul><ul><li>This project and its success is owned by all project partners </li></ul>Conclusions
    16. 16. For more information <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Google ‘EU ETAP’ </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter ‘Clean, Clever, Competitive’ </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews, info on environmental technologies and eco-innovation in Member States </li></ul>
    17. 17. Thank you [email_address] Tel: 0032 229 61 54