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Adm. Sci. 2014, 4(3), 242-275; doi:10.3390/admsci4030242

Eco-innovative Practices for Sustainable Consumption and Production: What are the Possible Benefits for Companies?

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Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna, Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33-Pisa 56127, Italy
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ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Via Martiri di Monte Sole, 4-Bologna 40129, Italy
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Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología, C/Leonardo da Vinci, 2-Sevilla 41092, Spain
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Inèdit Innovació SL (UAB Research Park), Carretera de Cabrils, Km 2 (IRTA)-Cabrils 08348, Catalonia, Spain
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Sostenipra (UAB-IRTA-Inèdit), Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallés)-Barcelona 08193, Catalonia, Spain
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Department of Chemical Engineering (XBR), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Bellaterra-Barcelona 08193, Catalonia, Spain
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Received: 13 May 2014 / Revised: 1 July 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 30 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Management)
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Abstract

The paper aims to present some eco-innovative practices regarding Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The study also focuses on potential benefits for the actors who implement these practices, mainly with reference to companies. After a literature review on the actual importance of SCP and on the effects of eco-innovation tools and policies on companies, authors present the developed eco-innovation practices in three focus areas related to sustainable consumption and production. The aim of the study is to contribute to literature studies on SCP with the development of eco-innovative practices resulting by the integration of existing tools, by pointing out and valorizing their potentials and synergies. These practices have been pointing out in the framework of the international European project. Three focus areas are involved by the practices: sustainability of products and services, sustainability of production processes and sustainable management of industrial areas. Authors developed four eco innovative practices resulting from the integration of 15 existing tools. These practices offer many opportunities to many actors, mainly companies and public authorities, in order to achieve environmental and competitive benefits and implement eco-innovation principles with a cooperative and shared approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: eco-innovation practices; sustainable consumption and production; sustainability of products and services; sustainability of production processes; sustainable management of industrial areas eco-innovation practices; sustainable consumption and production; sustainability of products and services; sustainability of production processes; sustainable management of industrial areas
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De Giacomo, M.R.; Loprieno, A.D.; Tarantini, M.; Preka, R.; Litido, M.; Furphy, A.D.; Calvo, V.V.; Llorach-Massana, P.; Gasol, C.M.; Rieradevall, J.; Farreny, R.; Gabarrell, X. Eco-innovative Practices for Sustainable Consumption and Production: What are the Possible Benefits for Companies? Adm. Sci. 2014, 4, 242-275.

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