Consumption, innovation and the environment

OECD Workshop on Environmental Innovation and Global Markets, 20-21 September 2007, Berlin


Organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).


Background and purpose of the workshop

The OECD has been exploring the links between environmental innovation and globalisation. The main output of this project is a report, “Environmental Innovation and Global Markets”, based on interviews with companies and government officials in 8 OECD countries (Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) and in China.  The report focuses on innovation in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energies.
The project aimed to facilitate a policy dialogue between industry and government on how best to promote innovation that meets environmental objectives within a context of increasingly globalised markets.
This workshop provided a forum for that dialogue. The outcomes of the workshop discussions served to finalise the policy recommendations in the report. 


Speakers and participants

Key speakers were representatives from governments and companies who took part in the interviews of the previous phase of the project. Other experts from governments, business, NGOs and academia were also invited.
Each session started with a few short presentations, which allowed ample time for an open discussion with all participants.
The workshop was held in English. 





Opening Session

Session I

Session II

Session III




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