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Eco-Innovation Policies Towards Sustainability in Asian Countries
* 1 , 2 , 3 , 1 , 4 , 5
1  EcoService Co., Ltd, Republic of Korea
2  Program in Global Environmental Management, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
3  Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies, Visiting Professor, Republic of Korea
4  Department of Forest Sciences, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
5  Graduate School of Business Administration, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Abstract: In the global society eco-innovation emerged as an effort to implement sustainable development as outlined during the 2012 RIO+20 conference. States and firms have established and implemented policies and strategies for eco-innovation as one route to sustainable development. Eco-innovation has been facilitated in developed countries, especially OECD members and European countries through action plans. Recently eco-innovation policies are emerging in the developing countries. Based on this context, this research aims to analyze eco-innovation policies in Asian countries. We investigated policies related to sustainable development in 17 Asian countries with the categories of policy instruments. National policies were interpreted and compared with the classification of development stages according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). As a result this research indicates different approaches to eco-innovation in Asian countries. It offers insights to designing national strategies for eco-innovation in Asia's developing countries. Therefore this research can contribute to facilitating and diffusing eco-innovation toward sustainability in Asia.
Keywords: Eco innovation; Asia; policy anlysis
Comments on this paper
David Lepoire
Thanks: Will strategic environmental assessments help?
Very nice paper in creating a framework for eco-innovation and documenting the recent activities in Asia.
I was a bit surprised that the sustainability plan for China was cited as 1993.  Would the 12th 5-year plan count
as a sustainability plan?

Also, I was wondering what role strategic environmental assessment might have in guiding national directions.
I've been involved with many programmatic and site-specific U.S. environmental assessments under NEPA
but wonder if some environmental issues should be considered at a higher level.

Rosa María Chávez Dagostino
comment on eco-innovation
Interesting work. Some actions and programms you mention are from 90s, would be also interesting to know if that stated in the countries was succesful. I agree about the collaboration with local experts in Asian countries for a better eco-innovation policies analysis.