Eco-Innovation and the Development of Business Models

Lessons from Experience and New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

  • Susana Garrido Azevedo
  • Marcus Brandenburg
  • Helena Carvalho
  • Virgílio Cruz-Machado

Part of the Greening of Industry Networks Studies book series (GINS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Susana Garrido Azevedo, Marcus Brandenburg, Helena Carvalho, Virgílio Cruz-Machado
    Pages 1-15
  3. Models and Frameworks Supporting Eco-innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Maria do Rosário Cabrita, Virgílio Cruz-Machado, Florinda Matos
      Pages 39-53
    3. Ida Gremyr, Jutta Hildenbrand, Steven Sarasini, Hendry Raharjo
      Pages 55-79
  4. Application: Surveys and Case Studies on Eco-innovation Deployment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Patrícia A. A. da Silva, João C. O. Matias, Susana Garrido Azevedo, Paulo N. B. Reis
      Pages 99-116
    3. Marlete Beatriz Maçaneiro, Sieglinde Kindl da Cunha
      Pages 137-162
    4. Steven Sarasini, Jutta Hildenbrand, Birgit Brunklaus
      Pages 163-178
    5. Tiberio Daddi, Marco Frey, Fabio Iraldo, Francesco Rizzi, Francesco Testa
      Pages 179-200
    6. Andrea Bikfalvi, Rodolfo de Castro Vila, Xavier Muñoz
      Pages 201-220
  5. Future Directions: Eco-innovation Initiatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Mette Mosgaard, Henrik Riisgaard, Søren Kerndrup
      Pages 275-295
    3. Nikolay Bogatyrev, Olga Bogatyreva
      Pages 297-314
  6. Flavia Pereira de Carvalho
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


Environmental challenges such as pollution, climate change, water and natural resources depletion and dwindling bio-diversity are true threats to the survival of our civilization, forcing us to learn how to act now. Fortunately this is exactly what this book does: presenting real life cases, along with theory, methodologies and tools demonstrating how eco-innovation can support sustainable economic growth and save our planet for future generations.

Following an introduction describing developments and directions of eco-innovation, Section One discusses Models and Frameworks Supporting Eco-Innovation, with chapters on search strategy for radical eco-innovation; and systematic eco-innovation with TRIZ Methodology. Section Two offers surveys and case studies showing eco-innovation in practice, including a sketch of the eco-innovative landscape in the Brazilian Cellulose, Paper and Paper Products Industry; efforts to eco-innovate among large Swedish companies; progress towards joint product-service business models and more. The third section surveys future directions and emerging trends, among them a new methodology for eco-friendly construction; the development of lightweight small inter-island ferries in Scandinavia and BioTRIZ: a win-win methodology for eco-innovation.

The book explores eco-innovation as a framework for supporting the development of new business models which consider the entire business ecosystem, on the way to a sustainable world. Moreover, it explores the eco-innovation process in cross-national and cross-sector perspective.


BioTriz Eco-friendly construction Eco-innovation Environmental challenges TRIZ methodology

Editors and affiliations

  • Susana Garrido Azevedo
    • 1
  • Marcus Brandenburg
    • 2
  • Helena Carvalho
    • 3
  • Virgílio Cruz-Machado
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Management and EconomicsUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.Supply Chain Management, Faculty of Business and EconomicsUniversity of KasselKasselGermany
  3. 3.UNIDEMI, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT)Universidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  4. 4.UNIDEMI, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT)Universidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05076-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05077-5
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