VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Mika Naumanen is a Senior Scientist in the Innovation and Knowledge Economy group of VTT. He has run VTT’s “business from technology” program and managed a portfolio of business development projects in the fields of industrial systems management, services and built environment, ICT and electronics. He is a Visiting Scholar in Statistics Finland.
We present action roadmaps paving the way towards electric mobility and circular economy. We do this within the CASI-F (common framework for assessment and management of sustainable innovation) framework, where we first analyze critical issues that influence the uptake of electric mobility and new storage media for electric power. The main lesson from the analysis of the positive and negative effects that the identified critical issues have on the mapped innovations is that the actions to manage such an extensive set of barriers, drivers, opportunities and threats might need to be implemented by multiple actors with different managerial roles and responsibilities. Due to government’s ability to change legal and administrative structures and procedures, one important role for government and the public sector is related to changing and/or adapting such infrastructures in a way that would support the implementation, scaling, diffusion and institutionalization of electric mobility innovations. Not only monetary resources are of importance, but also the positive acknowledgement and general support, e.g., through awareness raising activities and campaigns, is a task in which the public sector can assist the development, up-scaling and institutionalization processes. An important task for civil society is related to campaigning and awareness raising activities. Thoughtful marketing and an effective issue communication could help in stipulating behavioral changes within people, a task that reoccurs at all three levels for civil society, as well as it could enhance further community engagement. Similar to government and civil society, also businesses have reoccurring tasks and responsibilities. Such responsibilities are mostly concerned with the provision of various kinds of resources, both tangible and intangible. The sharing of knowledge regarding appropriate business models and strategies, their development and implementation, is of great interest. Additionally, businesses are encouraged to engage in networks and to cooperate and collaborate with partners and other relevant stakeholders in order to enhance future battery technologies’ and their recycling potential. Research and education are supporting social innovation by fundamental but practical relevant research, including evaluation of programs and initiatives and the development of tools and methods for (up) scaling electric mobility innovations. This also comprises of giving access to research results and tools for the public (social innovators) and an own engagement in up-scaling processes.