Potential of Open Innovation for a “green” industry by Astrid Bonk
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Climate and Energy Fund the anthology “Das Pariser Klima Abkommen und die Industrie – Wie kann Österreich die Chancen der Energiewende nützen?” (The Parisian Climate Agreement and the Industry – How can Austria use the chances of the energy revolution?) was published by Theresia Vogel, Managing Director of the Climate and Energy Fund, and Patrick Horvath, General Secretary of WIWIPOL.
The Parisian Climate Agreement – also ratified by Austria – demands a drastic reduction of all CO2 emissions. To reach the ambitious goal of a complete decarbonization of the Austrian economy all sectors have to contribute – including the industry sector. However, this raises the question how the Austrian industry can become “greener” and more climate friendly while staying competitive on the global market?
Among several well-known authors winnovation consultant Astrid Bonk contributed an article to the publication. In “Grenzen überschreiten, um neue Wege zu gehen” (“Crossing boarders to walk new paths“) Bonk gives an introduction to the concept of Open Innovation and its potential to solve major societal challenges as the decarbonization of the economy. The article emphasizes the importance of collaboration across sectors and disciplines in order to drive radical innovations. For example could a closer collaboration between industry and research lead to an increase of research topics with high relevance for the industry.
Astrid Bonk is a consultant and researcher at winnovation since November 2015. She holds a Master degree in “Environmental and Sustainability Management” from the University of Applied Sciences Krems.