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Environmental Innovations in the Nordic Mobile Phone Industry

Green Markets and Greener Technologies (GMCT)

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The environmental impacts of mobile phones are related to the use of resources, process chemicals and en-ergy consumption in all production stages, energy use during the use phase and the considerable amount of potentially hazardous substances in the components. The mobile phone market is global and corresponds to a fragmented supply chain. The products tend to have a short lifetime and new features and increased data transmission are among some recent innovations. These innovation dynamics and the market trends are some basic characteristics that environmental policy has to consider, when making a mix of different policy instruments. This report analyses the challenges that policymaking deals with and evaluates how different policy tools can influence the future innovation of more environmental friendly mobile phones.

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Preface

Environmental technologies and eco-innovations are promoted both in European Union and Nordic countries to achieve the dual goals of maintaining competitiveness in a dynamic and knowledge-based economy while integrating environmental consideration in this process. The European Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) points to the fact that despite the significant technological potentials for environmental technologies, they are still underutilized. Therefore, policy measures are considered to enhance the commercialization and diffusion of environmental innovations.

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