Addressing global climate change and other environmental problems necessitates the thorough implementation of more resource-efficient products and cleaner technologies. One of the focus areas of Nordic cooperation is cleaner technologies and innovation.
Several projects in this area have been carried out. The aim has been to provide input to national policies, as well as international processes such as the EU Environmental Technologies Action Plan and the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy.
These projects have highlighted the importance of encouraging and creating favourable conditions for sustainable solutions.
The need for government intervention varies depending on the structure of the sector addressed and whether the innovation relates to core business or not.
A number of policy recommendations aimed at enhancing the diffusion of cleaner technologies and environmental innovation have been proposed as a result of workshops and activities carried out by the Nordic Council of Ministers:
Other areas in focus in the Nordic cooperation on clean tech and innovation are BAT-Best Available Techniques and eco-design. Read more here or download report.