Innovation for ecological transformation

The Veolia Institute Review - Facts Reports n.25 | 2023

Innovation has become an absolute necessity for companies in the modern world.

Innovation has already led to significant successes in ecological transformation, but it also has its limits and biases.

For true ecological transformation, it seems necessary to promote "right techs" and take into account criteria such as positive impact, affordability and speed of implementation of innovative solutions. It is also important to analyze the entire life cycle of solutions, to encourage "creative dissent" and to create ecosystems conducive to innovation.

This review explores new ways of putting innovation at the service of ecological transformation.




1. What is innovation for ecological transformation?

The nature of innovation is only one aspect of our understanding that should change in support of ecological transformation. We must also consider where innovation comes from, and what outcomes it supports for which people.

Olivier Gilbert
Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics
Saradindu Bhaduri
Jawaharlal Nehru University

2. Implementing innovation for ecological transformation

Many examples illustrate the potential of human ingenuity to address the challenges we face, and the progress being made across all sectors. At the same time, there are also significant challenges to be overcome, not least how to rapidly scale and spread these innovations to meet the scale of the challenges we face.

Mahima Sukhdev, Snehal Bhosale, Anupam Ravi, Aromi Salot
GIST Impact
Dr. Dayna Baumeister, Nicole Miller
Biomimicry 3.8
Luise Fischer, Francesca Rizzo, Adriana O’Phelan, Anthony Zacharzewski, Andrea Gabaldon Moreno, and Carla Rodríguez Alonso
Henri Boyé
Energy and water consultant
Ellen Martin, Amandine Joy
Circulate Capital
Anna Rosa Rylander, General Manager at Urban Rigger
Signe Ryborg, Head of Communications at Urban Rigger

3. Innovation levers for ecological transformation

Innovation relies on new ideas and innovators. But the success of innovation also depends on wider levers of change including economic, legal, and social factors.

Arnoud De Meyer
Singapore Management University
Andrea Bina, Simon Cooper
Emmanuelle Aoustin
Doreen Ankrah (Marketing Coordinator),
Jamie Bristow (Policy and Advocacy),
Daniel Hires (Director of Partnerships and Marketing)
Jan Artem Henriksson (Executive Director)