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Improving technology transfers in the environmental sector



The EU funded METTTES project, which finished in September 2008, endeavoured to increase cross-border transfer of technologies that are particularly relevant to the environmental sector

METTTES was established to generate concrete long-term partnerships within the European environmental sector, particularly between research institutes, large industries, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The EU Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) project had a budget of €910,000 with 75% provided by the EU. Its objective was to double productivity in the mediation of transnational technology-transfer agreements (TTTs); to achieve this, it developed an innovative approach to analysing and demonstrating regional demand for innovation in the environmental sector.

The project was lead by the Zentrum für Innovation und Technik (ZENIT), and involved a number of key partners – including the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Malta Enterprise and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. It set about formulating the best methodology to cultivate cross-border technology transfers in the European environmental sector by bringing together enterprises, research groups and industries to work in concert.

Highlighting economic reality

METTTES’s method was based on regional-scale analyses of European and national policies, such as EU Directives and Member State legislation, as well as reviews of local incentives for environmental enterprises and their impact on technology demands of companies. This analysis highlighted the reality that technical demands were not brought about by the needs of small enterprises, but were rather related to the economic regulatory context of a region as a whole.

The project used these analyses to produce regional demand profiles (RDP), which provide in-depth, high quality, commercially interesting technology requests addressing both current and future demand. These RDPs include a comprehensive and detailed presentation of the region, identify foreseeable technology demands and ‘best available techniques’ (BATs) as defined by the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive 96/61/EC. The RDPs enable specific technological solutions to be identified for individual regional.

The initiative has produced 12 RDPs – see BOX – which have in turn led to the organisation of 12 international brokerage events on the same topics. These events have highlighted the demands of the various regions, and facilitated meetings between SMEs, large industries, research institutions and local actors, and have led to the matching of technology offers and requests in the environmental sector. To date, there have been a number of well attended brokerage events in a variety of European countries, among them Italy, Hungary, Poland and Malta.

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Regional demand profiles

The METTTES project developed 12 regional demand profiles for:

  • Greece – Waste management and treatment
  • West Macedonia, Greece – CO2 and dust emissions
  • Northern Hungary – Water and wastewater treatment
  • Ireland – Solid waste management
  • Lazio, Italy – Renewable energy
  • South-East Italy – Pollution of surface water (textiles)
  • Latvia – Waste management
  • Lithuania – Waste management and prevention
  • Malta – Waste management
  • Central Poland – Waste management
  • North East Poland – Waste management
  • Slovakia – Renewable energy.


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METTTES regional demand profiles: http://metttes.innovationmalta.com/RDP/tabid/58/Default.aspx