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Anticipating environmental burdens in research and innovation projects—application to the case of active and healthy ageing

AuthorsMonsonís-Payá, Irene; Gómez Navarro, Tomás; García-Melón, Mónica CSIC ORCID
KeywordsResponsible innovation
Environmental sustainability
Issue Date2020
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
CitationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(10): 3600 (2020)
AbstractIn this paper; for research and innovation projects without environmental goals; a procedure is proposed to operationalize the anticipation and reflexivity of environmental concerns in the initial phases. By using the expert knowledge of specialists; we have first conducted a study to identify the general environmental topics relevant in any kind of research and innovation project not addressing the environment. In a second phase; a strategy is proposed to rank order the topics in terms of environmental relevance by means of the Analytic Hierarchy Process. To illustrate it; the case of Information and Communication Technologies for Active and Healthy Ageing is used because of its increasing importance; and because normal environmental targets are not considered. Results show that; in this case; the most relevant topic to be considered is the primary energy consumption by sources; followed by hazardous solid waste and consumption of non-renewable and scarce materials. According to the experts; these should be the main issues to be considered regarding the environmental sustainability of the outputs of such research and innovation projects. In conclusion; this paper contributes to a better understanding of how to promote a wider integration of environmental sustainability in research and innovation when environmental goals are not initially included.
DescriptionThis article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Multi-Criteria Techniques to Solve Agrifood and Environmental Problems.
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