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A "‘Triple-I" Strategy for the Future of Europe
By Raimund Bleischwitz*


*           Toyota Chair for Industry and Sustainability, College of Europe, Bruges / Belgium email: rbleischwitz@coleurop.be as well as Co-Director “Material Flows and Resource Management”, Wuppertal Institute.
The paper lays down a strategy consisting of Innovation, Internalisation of Externalities, and Integration – called Triple I. It refers to the changing roles of state, corporations, and NGOs in EU, which increasingly lead to co-evolution rather than separate developments. Triple-I gives some conceptual underpinning to that hypotheses, ‘Innovation’ is seen along value chain management in a systems perspective, driven by competition and participation of stakeholders. ‘Internalisation’ refers to endogenous efforts by industry to assess externalities and to foster knowledge generation that leads to benefits for both business and society. ‘Integration’ highlights the role business and its various forms of cooperation might play in policy integration within Europe and beyond. Looking forward towards measures to be taken, the paper explores some frontiers for a partnership between public and private sector: i) Increasing resource productivity, lowering material cost, ii) Energy integration with Southeast Europe and Northern Africa, iii) Urban mobility services and public transport, iv) Tradable emission permits beyond Europe. Finally, some conclusions from an economic viewpoint are drawn.
 
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