The Next Big Thing?

Trends Shaping Nordic Innovation

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Waste of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) contains both hazardous and valuable materials. The European directive on WEEE gives producers and importers of EEE the responsibility to collect and treat WEEE. In order to evaluate the effectively of collecting schemes, it is necessary to know the quantity of WEEE generated. The purpose for this project has been to establish a method to measure amount of WEEE generated. It has also been developed a practical Excel model to demonstrate the method. The model is based on amount of EEE supplied to the market and the lifetimes of the products. The report describes in detail the development work and shows examples of calculation. The Excel model is available for documentation and demonstration, together with a user guidance. The project joint venture and Nordisk Council of Minister disclaim responsibility for how users might use the tool and its results.



Innovation Indicators

In 2008, the Nordic Innovation Centre finalised five projects dealing with Nordic Innovation Indicators, and arranged a conference with more than 80 participants and the involvement of the EU, the OECD, and participation from most EU countries. In 2009, the Nordic Council of Ministers and NICe co-sponsored the Nordic Innovation Monitor by FORA, and a report which investigates new ways of applying indicators in innovation policies. This chapter examines the current discussion on innovation indicators, and discusses why the established models for measuring innovation increasingly are called into question by leading scholars, innovation agencies and countries all over the world. The discussion regarding current methods of measuring innovation is not only restricted to academia. It is highly relevant to the issue of innovation policies to the extent that indicators shape both the policies and programmes for innovation.


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