Aida Szilagyi, Andrei Churican, Anne Verniquet, David Rochat
Conference: International Symposium “The Environment and the Industry”
Date: October 13-14, 2016
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Published: 2016
Eco-innovation has been widely accepted as a method for improving the performance of
enterprises and for supporting them to advance to more sustainable business models, as well
as a driver of business success and competitive advantage at the firm level.Implementing eco‐
innovation is a challenging process and will not be suitable for all organisations. Therefore
understanding barriers and drivers at the national and business level and main gaps in policy
and education could build a better picture of the context and conditions for eco-innovation in
Romania. The paper reflects existing opportunities in the country and demonstrates that ecoinnovation potential is important and needs to be addressed. Our research identified existing
premises and drivers for eco-innovation that could boost application of eco-innovation in
companies, entail policy changes, and boost cooperation between stakeholders from R&D,
academia, businesses, clusters and policy makers. The succes of eco-innovation depends on
the awareness that will be created among businesses through dissemination of strong
business cases, the adjustment of the policy framework that should stimulate and reward the
market for eco-innovative solutions and the capacity of experts to convince the companies’
management of the financial and environmental benefits of eco-innovation, to explain the need
for continuous application of eco-innovative strategies and how they can be mainstreamed in
the overall enterprise strategy and overall management. Through its objectives, the
ECOPartner project contributes to install a model of cooperation betwen main actors interested
in eco-innovation and build cooperation between the main stakeholders by initiating the
Romanian Eco-Innovation Network (RE-IN). The role of the RE-IN is to develop and strengthen
partnerships and to become the main partner in Romania for policy makers, businesses,
academia and experts with common interests in eco-innovation

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