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Firms, Finance and Sustainable Transitions

The Financial Constraints of Eco-Innovation Companies

Edgardo Sica

This thought-provoking book introduces a financial economics perspective to the topic of eco-innovations and, more generally, sociotechnical transitions. It develops a model that illustrates how financial constraints can prevent the development of eco-innovations within companies and hinder the transition process towards a more sustainable regime. Edgardo Sica presents a review of the state of the art, as well as new data from original surveys aimed at testing the impact of financial constraints on eco-innovative decisions at radical and niche levels.
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Chapter 6: Financial constraints and radical eco-innovations: the case of the anaerobic digestion and biogas niche

The Financial Constraints of Eco-Innovation Companies

Edgardo Sica

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This chapter reports the findings achieved from an ad hoc survey which investigates the financial constraints of eco-innovative companies at niche level. In other words, it explores the way financial constraints may affect the niche readiness by hampering the development of radical EIs. In particular, readiness is measured in terms of (1) networking activity within the niche, (2) level of knowledge of niche actors and (3) expectations of actors about the future development of the niche. The survey was administrated to the companies operating in the anaerobic digestion and biogas niche, both in England and Italy. This niche represents an interesting case study since it takes simultaneously into account the most relevant domains that can actively contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable regime, that is, energy, food and mobility.

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