Home Database Guidances Connecting Smart and Sustainable Growth through Smart Specialisation
Guidance Document

Connecting Smart and Sustainable Growth through Smart Specialisation


This practical guide demonstrates that sustainable and smart growth can go hand-in-hand in all European regions and Member States: sustainable economic growth can only be ensured if regions and Member States are prepared to follow the principles of environmental sustainability. This guide aims to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Why do smart growth and sustainable growth complement each other?
  • What can be done in the regions to connect smart and sustainable growth?
  • How to use the EU’s Regional Policy to boost innovation for sustainable growth?

The purpose of the document is to assist the Managing Authorities of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in integrating sustainable growth objectives into their research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation, or RIS3 for short. The guide focuses on three thematic areas that are particularly relevant to sustainable growth:

  • Eco-innovation;
  • Ecosystems services;
  • and Sustainable energy.

Reference information

Published in Climate-ADAPT Nov 26 2018   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Nov 01 2022

Document Actions