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  1. The Climate-KIC team
  2. Paul Dickinson SPARK! lecture
  3. Thursday, 04 December 2014
How can governments help to promote sustainability through innovation?Share your ideas and thoughts following Paul Dickenson's SPARK! lecture.
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Promoting of the projects on the base of the government we have to use the most conscious matter of the transparency. Only some particularly matters on the resumesplanet com website can have the disclosure projection innovations for the campaign.
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- By giving incentives to develop new innovative solutions for problems
- Facilitating the research in renewable energy technologies
- Supporting high potential start-ups
- Stop letting big corporations influence law making to facilitate sales of unsustainable products
- Transparency of policies
- Supporting Carbon Disclosure Initiatives
- Introduce Carbon Credit Systems
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This talk really hit on a great key theme which is turning the supposed enemy into an ally and using it to our advantage. I really like the point made concerning 'purchasing' being 'voting', and this is where I feel the government needs to ensure people are getting more facts and information - either through awareness campaigns, paid for by taxes and fees implemented on the companies, or dare I say it, by further regulation and transparency. Just like we've nutrition labels on food, why don't we have social and environmental labelling systems? The data exists, or basic variations of it, and so over time more data can be gathered through increased requirements and market shifts.
There's a system being developed in North America, called Just, a type of labelling for companies, and it seeks to address aspects of social and cultural transparency with firms.
The cool thing is, that the more companies that jump onto this track of declaring data (in voluntary programmes versus the ones I mentioned above that might be obligatory and regulated by the government), social and business pressure would work over time to ensure more companies follow this path.
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I see governments as the main stakeholder in this quest, because if the regulation is weak and so is compliance to it, the companies can always cheat on numbers to achieve "sustainable" business. So the government must act in creating easy to understand and open minded policies so that innovations that focus in maintaining our social welfare, have a fast track to markets. Of course all investments, technical support, tax reduction should also be provided, partially by the government as well. And in the citizen side, governments must invest heavily in awareness and education for a better behavior of our future generations.
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I completely agree on this point of awareness and education, people know that half the things in the world they consume are bad for them, animals, other people, or other environments but they keep doing it anyway because they don't have the information on how to act any differently and they are unsure to try new things without supporting information.
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I believe that government definitely has a role in promoting sustainable innovation. There are a few measures in sustainable innovation policy but they can be basically categorised into two groups: one is demand-side policies and the other is supply-side policies.

In terms of the demand-side policies, the government can make efforts in increasing the demand for sustainable innovative products and services through (1) awareness raising; (2) public procurement of sustainable products; (3) environmental and social regulations; (4) feed-in tariffs, (5)customer subsidies or rewards and so on. The aim is to promote user-driven innovation which goes into the direction of sustainability.

In terms of the supply-side policies, the government can help build the capacities for innovation and commercialization of innovative results. In detail, policies such as R&D support, public venture capital, education and training in the field of green entrepreneurship, and so on could help the transition to a green economy.

Additionally, there are some other complementary actions which can be undertook by the government in order to speed up sustainable innovation in society. For instance, governments should create system of monitoring and evaluation so that they can review and adapt policies in response to changing social, economic and technological situation.
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