The lack of knowledge of the connection between regulation and innovation is due to the use of an unspecified ceteris-paribus clause, and to problems of measuring the innovative efficiency. The knowledge of positive innovation-impacts of regulations in the field of environmental protection is also relatively small. There are studies which indicate that regulations in ecologically intensive production industries forced the management to use nearly fully mature end-of-the-pipe techniques. Environmentally favourable changes of production processes on the other hand, primarily served the saving of fresh water, energy and raw materials. Environmentally favourable innovations, which are also classified as being economical, are however not adopted by all potential users. (orig./HSCH).