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Eco-innovations in examples of Polish enterprises

Paweł Bartoszczuk

Warsaw School of Economics, Enterprise Institute, Poland

al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554 Warszawa


ORCID: 0000-0002-2208-5960

received:  07.11.2020
corrected: 25.11.2020
accepted: 08.12.2020
eco-innovation, environment, Central European countries, economy, entrepreneurship, environment.


The goal of the research was to determine the impact of ecoinnovations on environmental and financial performance in CEE countries, particularly Poland. There exist several types of them and they can result therefore in a new or significantly improved product (good or service), process, a new type of marketing or new organizational methods. Some authors have proposed a  narrowing of this concept. According to these researchers, the reason for eco-innovation introduction is the deliberate pursuit of a lower environmental burden, as well as the achievement of a specific environmental effect. Eco-innovation should be seen as an integral part of innovation efforts across all the economy’s sectors. We give three examples of eco-innovative projects in Poland. While large companies are more willing to cooperate with universities and are thus more likely to innovate, SMEs are reluctant to do so and to co-operate among themselves due to a lack of trust, as well as no incentives to innovate


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