Danish cleantech makes waves the world over
Zealand Region and Capital Region, Denmark
This project has succeeded in establishing Denmark’s cleantech industry as a leader in its field. The work it has carried out in key areas, including tests, demonstrations, innovation, matchmaking and entrepreneurship, has earned it recognition both in Denmark and worldwide.
Projects such as this are helping the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020, as set out in the EU 2020 growth strategy. The EU is facing some tough challenges, including an ageing population, an insufficiently qualified workforce, the need for greater innovation, striking a balance between economic growth and environmental degradation, and ensuring secure, clean energy supplies. Regional policy projects across the EU are playing an active role in dealing with these and many other challenges, by undertaking projects designed to generate employment, raise educational achievement, develop renewable energy sources, boost productivity and give all citizens access to opportunities. The projects and the regions play a pivotal role in this, as they generate real results that contribute to achieving the strategy’s key goals.
The 200 members making up the cluster have contributed to the many results, which include job creation, private-public initiatives, attracting foreign companies, greater testing facilities and, ultimately, less damaging environmental impact.
Two regions, one direction
The Capital Region and Zealand Region both focus on cleantech as a vital area for their future growth and development. When the project first began, there was no overall view of the cleantech industry, and advantage was not being taken of the potential for innovation, exports and attracting foreign investment and talent. The project therefore set out to develop one of the world’s leading and most recognised cleantech clusters, in doing so creating value for the cluster companies and research environments. It wanted to differentiate itself by tying together cleantech technologies and environments across industries and value chains.
Eyes focused on key areas
The cluster concentrates on Tests & Demonstrations, Matchmaking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International Outreach as well as Facilitation. The activities include organising innovation and growth programmes for entrepreneurs, making more test & demonstration facilities available, matching researchers with companies, setting up industry-specific networks (six in total), adding to the understanding of what the cleantech industry is all about, cooperating with international clusters and enhancing the international profile of this Danish cluster.
Becoming the best in the business
The impact of all this work includes greater growth for existing cleantech companies in the region, more cleantech start-ups locally, international cleantech companies being attracted to the region, better use of climate solutions and improved environmental results in Denmark, and more coordinated effort between the two regions. The project is recognised as one of the leading 10 cleantech clusters worldwide and has successfully organised many international conferences. The project’s website is the most visited Danish cleantech website in the country.
In addition to creating 1 000 new jobs, the project has attracted 25 foreign companies to the cluster, secured the growth and momentum of 25 entrepreneurs and created 30 new research and innova¬tion collaborations between companies and research institutions as well as 20 new partnerships/collaborations. Between 8 and 10 public-private partnerships and collaborations with 15 international cleantech clusters have also been set up, adding to the pool of expert talent on offer.