Sustainability Assessment

Client: European Commission

Partners: ARC Fund, Coventry University Enterprises, Danish Board of Technology Foundation, University of Helsinki, Technical University of Dortmund, Poznan Science and Technology Park, University of Primorska, INOVA+, META Group, Increase Time, Municipality of Monza (Italy), Municipality of Espinho (Portugal), ZSI, University of Milano-Bicocca, Cleantech Bulgaria, The University of Manchester, Ku Leuven HIVA, Techno Logica.

Duration: 3 years (2013-2015)

Outcomes: CASI Project Portal and CASI Mapping Platform (CASIPEDIA) and tools; Certified CASI Online Tutorial; 7 Policy Briefs; Project Reports; Scientific journal article; Springer Book; Mobilisation and Mutual learning events in the Czech Republic; CASI Final Conference; Follow-up Bolero Project.

Sustainable innovation (SI) is considered to be a key driver of societal progress in an era of enormous economic, environmental and societal challenges, and the uncertainties and future consequences that come with them.

The CASI Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation was developed by 19 European partners, in collaboration with a wide range of societal stakeholders from all EU Member States, based on a combination of different analytical approaches, participation and dialogues, and lessons from innovators’ experiences.

Futures Diamond’s contributions extended beyond the "Communication and Dissemination" work package, encompassing numerous tasks across other work packages.

During the three-year project Futures Diamond has successfully:

  • Developed and launched the CASI Mapping Platform and accompanying tools (CASIPEDIA, Ideas Bank, Actions Bank, Visions Bank). This comprehensive platform has facilitated the mapping of 600+ cases of sustainable innovations, offering invaluable insights:
  • Developed a Certified CASI Online Tutorial on ‘Sustainable Innovation Assessment and Management. Widening horizons on Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials’ that attracted over 400 participants
  • Published a Scientific Journal Article: "Towards a more responsible sustainable innovation assessment and management culture in Europe" by Popper Rafael, Popper Monika & Velasco Guillermo (2017) in Engineering Management in Production and Services, Sciendo, vol. 9(4), pages 7-20, December.
  • Released several CASI Project Reports and 7 Policy Briefs, providing comprehensive insights into sustainable innovation practices and their implications.
  • Co-edited a Springer Book on 'Governance and Management of Sustainable Innovation: Learning from Experience to Shape the Future' and co-authored several chapters
  • Organised numerous Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Events in the Czech Republic. These events, including policy dialogues, stakeholder workshops, and citizen panels, fostered meaningful engagement and knowledge exchange.
  • Co-organised the final CASI Project Conference, "Public Engagement for Research, Practice, and Policy," held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. This conference facilitated fruitful discussions among key stakeholders and contributed to shaping the future of sustainable innovation.

Building upon the success of the CASI Project, we are proud to announce our participation in the follow-up BOLERO Project. Developed for the University of Milano-Bicocca, the BOLERO Sustainable Innovation Platform and Hub aim to further promote and enhance the sustainability agenda, by adapting the proven CASI approach to the unique context of Italy, thus striving to serve Italian innovators and support the broader sustainability objectives of the country and beyond.

The Bolero Project ensures the continuous evolution of research outcomes from the CASI Project, effectively addressing the ever-changing needs of businesses and society at large. It underscores our commitment to advancing sustainable innovation and fostering a more sustainable future for all.

Visit the Bolero Platform here