A New Eco-design Strategy to Assess Sustainable Environmental Innovations

Sergio Jofre, K Tsunemi, T Morioka

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Abstract

This paper analyzes and discusses the potential role of evolutionary theories in environmental innovation with emphasis on sustainability. The study focuses on the dynamic mechanisms driving the adaptation of products to their changing environments. As a result, a strategy, called the Eco-evolution, is proposed. Eco-Evolution is a strategy based on incremental innovation through re-examination of existent knowledge and technological trajectories. The strategy attempts the identification of lock-in of non-optimal technologies and sustainable alternatives, in order to outline the sustainable design and organizational horizons. To illustrate the practical application of the strategy, an example on domestic refrigerators is included. The study concludes that eco-evolution is efficient when identifying non-optimal technological trajectories and sustainable options for innovation on the bare of existent knowledge.
Keyword: Service oriented economy,Eco Innovation,Jofre,Innovation,Dematerialization,Eco Evolution,Evolutionary Theorizing,Eco Design,Evolutionary design
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EcoDeslgn2003 : Third lmernatlonal Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and inverse Manufacturing
Volume1-C3
Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2003
Pages81-88
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventEcoDeslgn2003 : Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and inverse Manufacturing - Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …

Conference

ConferenceEcoDeslgn2003 : Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and inverse Manufacturing
CityTsukuba, Japan
Period01/01/2003 → …

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Jofre, S., Tsunemi, K., & Morioka, T. (2003). A New Eco-design Strategy to Assess Sustainable Environmental Innovations. In Proceedings of EcoDeslgn2003: Third lmernatlonal Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and inverse Manufacturing (Vol. 1-C3, pp. 81-88). IEEE.