Eco-innovation method in a Research and Technology Organisation: need analysis and identification of the main functions of the method (Judais 2023)

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Judais, Pierre (1,2); Monnier, Elise (1); Ben Rejeb, Helmi (2); Zwolinski, Peggy (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CEA, Liten, 38000, Grenoble, France; 2: Grenoble INP, CNRS University of Grenoble Alpes, G-SCOP, 38000 Grenoble, France
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 1525-1534
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Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) develop and transfer new technologies to industry. Considering environnemental and social challenges in their activities is becoming more and more important. Integrating these challenges within an organization requires a global and coherent method, but also flexibility to adapt to the various activities of the organisationz. Eco-innovation is an approach that can meet these goals. However, literature has already shown that the main obstacles for the integration of eco-innovation come from the lack of global approaches adapted to companies' practices. In this paper, we characterise the specific activities of RTOs. Then, we specified the need for an eco innovation approach for RTOs. We carried out a functional analysis to formalise the need and identify the main functions that the eco-innovation approach must fulfil. We conducted exploratory interviews with various stakholders from an RTO in order to validate the identified needs and functions.

Keywords: eco-innovation, Design methods, Sustainability, Research and Technology Organisations, Ecodesign

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