ECO FUTURE RADAR 2012-2015: The Key to Successful Green Tech Business

26. August 2011

 

For the Green Tech Valley cluster ECO WORLD STYRIA, experts from all continents have shared their expertise regarding the most relevant drivers for successful energy and environmental technology businesses. The results, which are aggregated in the ECO FUTURE RADAR, were presented for the first time at the Ecocity World Summit 2011 in Montreal/Canada. For the […]


For the Green Tech Valley cluster ECO WORLD STYRIA, experts from all continents have shared their expertise regarding the most relevant drivers for successful energy and environmental technology businesses. The results, which are aggregated in the ECO FUTURE RADAR, were presented for the first time at the Ecocity World Summit 2011 in Montreal/Canada.

For the third time, 51 national and international experts from 30 nations followed ECO WORLD STYRIA’s invitation to formulate and evaluate the most important trends, technologies and themes for the future, which will impact the industry for environmental technology over the next few years. Apart from economic, ecological and technological future trends, legal and socio-cultural aspects were also taken into consideration, including an analysis of their relevance.

“The ECO FUTURE RADAR demonstrates 50 concrete market trends and determines the resulting opportunities for established as well as new companies in the environmental technology sector”, says Bernhard Puttinger, Managing Director of the ECO WORLD STYRIA cluster, who presented the current results in Montreal to an audience of 1500 international delegates. Puttinger focused on the 7 guiding factors of the ECO FUTURE RADAR, which, according to expert opinions, in turn have a major impact on other themes and factors. He furthermore presented the 10 highest ranked market factors for clean tech, as well as an evaluation by regions. He then demonstrated certain trends, which in general are well-known, but which have surprisingly little influence on environmental technology businesses and can therefore be safely categorized as “illusions”.

The energy sector turned out to be the key area for innovative technologies. The main drivers behind this development are the continuous rise of the oil price, the much-debated nuclear energy sector, as well as the necessary reduction of the greenhouse gas CO2. These issues result in not only manifold challenges and opportunities for technology companies, communities and research institutions, but also in an increasing demand and investment in the area of renewable energy, the development of new energy storage systems, and innovations in the area of materials and composite technology.

Another major issue is the growing demand for highly skilled workers in environmental technology companies and thus the guiding requirement for educational institutions to respond to the growing need with appropriate offerings.

“In Styria, major future-oriented topics, which in the Eco Future Radar are identified as the main issues of the future, have been the center of focus for a considerable amount of time, as is demonstrated by the high level of education, the renunciation of nuclear energy and the amount of investment in pilot projects. And with a research ratio of 4.4%, one of the highest levels in all of Europe, Green Tech Valley is also extremely attractive as a business location”, added Bernhard Puttinger.

The ECO FUTURE RADAR, entitled “Opportunities for your entrepreneurial future in green technology 2012-2015”, was developed in cooperation with international cluster partners such as the GCCA as well as scientific journals for environmental technology.

For further enquiries: Dr. Sabine Marx, ECO WORLD STYRIA, +43 316 40 77 44-15, marx@eco.at

The ECO FUTURE RADAR 2012-2015 (66 pages, book), including a practical strategy tool, is available from ECO WORLD STYRIA for a price of € 290.00 excl. VAT. Order your copy at office@eco.at or call +43 316 407744. Free of charge for ECO member companies. ISBN 978-3-9502755-2-0

from left to right: Ben Taube – South East Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nina Harjula – Lahti Science and Business Park, Shawn Lesser – GccA , Bernhard Puttinger – ECO WORLD STYRIA, Chris Häuselmann – Swiss Cleantech

 
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