Implications of frugal innovations on sustainable development

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Levänen, Jarkko Hossain, Mokter Lyytinen, Tatu Hyvärinen, Anne Numminen, Sini Halme, Minna 2017-05-03T12:00:30Z 2017-05-03T12:00:30Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Levänen , J , Hossain , M , Lyytinen , T , Hyvärinen , A , Numminen , S & Halme , M 2016 , ' Implications of frugal innovations on sustainable development : Evaluating water and energy innovations ' Sustainability , vol 8 , no. 1 , pp. 1-17 . DOI: 10.3390/su8010004 en
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dc.description.abstract Frugal innovations are often associated with sustainable development. These connections, however, are based on anecdotal assumptions rather than empirical evidence. This article evaluates the sustainability of four frugal innovations from water and energy sectors. For the purposes of the evaluation, a set of indicators was developed. Indicators are drawn from sustainable development goals by the United Nations and they encompass central dimensions of sustainability: Ecological, social and economic. In this article, frugal innovations are compared to solutions that are currently used in similar low-income contexts. Studied frugal innovations were found more sustainable in terms of energy production and water purification capacity than the existing solutions. In terms of social sustainability, larger differences between innovations were found. For example, business models of frugal energy solutions focus on capacity building and the inclusion of marginalized low-income people, whereas business models of water purification solutions focus on more traditional corporate social responsibility activities, such as marketing awareness campaigns and cooperation with non-governmental organizations. Three major sustainability challenges for frugal innovators were identified: (1) the proper integration of material efficiency into product or service systems; (2) the patient promotion of inclusive employment; and (3) the promotion of inclusive and sustainable local industrialization. The article concludes that despite indisputable similarities between frugality and sustainability, it is problematic to equate the two conceptually. en
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dc.format.extent 1-17
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 8, issue 1 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.subject.other Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law en
dc.subject.other Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment en
dc.subject.other Geography, Planning and Development en
dc.subject.other 512 Business and management en
dc.subject.other 113 Computer and information sciences en
dc.subject.other 111 Mathematics en
dc.subject.other 114 Physical sciences en
dc.subject.other 212 Civil and construction engineering en
dc.subject.other 214 Mechanical engineering en
dc.title Implications of frugal innovations on sustainable development en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies
dc.contributor.department Department of Built Environment
dc.contributor.department Department of Applied Physics
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management en
dc.subject.keyword Energy
dc.subject.keyword Evaluation
dc.subject.keyword Frugal innovation
dc.subject.keyword Indicators
dc.subject.keyword SDG
dc.subject.keyword Sustainability
dc.subject.keyword Water
dc.subject.keyword Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
dc.subject.keyword Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
dc.subject.keyword Geography, Planning and Development
dc.subject.keyword 512 Business and management
dc.subject.keyword 113 Computer and information sciences
dc.subject.keyword 111 Mathematics
dc.subject.keyword 114 Physical sciences
dc.subject.keyword 212 Civil and construction engineering
dc.subject.keyword 214 Mechanical engineering
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201705033764
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su8010004
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