Eco World Styria wins award and leads national spearhead project

1. August 2012

 

Eco World Styria, Austria, is indisputably one of Europe´s strongest green tech clusters. This position has recently been formally recognised by the EU, awarding the cluster a prestigious RegioStars Award. Also, the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has chosen the region´s City of Graz to realise the country´s most ambitious smart city projects. RegioStars Awards […]


Eco World Styria, Austria, is indisputably one of Europe´s strongest green tech clusters. This position has recently been formally recognised by the EU, awarding the cluster a prestigious RegioStars Award. Also, the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has chosen the region´s City of Graz to realise the country´s most ambitious smart city projects.

RegioStars Awards 2012, the awards for Europe´s most innovative and inspiring projects supported by European Regional Policy, attracted a record-breaking 107 applications prior to its 5th annual event. Five admirable projects took home a prestigious trophy, including Eco World Styria in Austria. Bernhard Puttinger, Managing Director of the ECO WORLD STYRIA cluster says „the award is an impressive endorsement of the cluster´s work and the inventive companies in the cluster. The pioneering work and innovative power of the energy and environmental engineering companies in the Green Tech Valley have made this possible.“

Eco World is a local driver of growth

Eco World Styria won the ´Smart Growth´ category 2012 that based on a number of criteria, such as the innovative character and expected sustainability of the project, and the project´s results in enhancing local, regional and interregional partnerships. The Styrian cleantech cluster started up in 2005 with the aim of creating a hub for the development of innovative green businesses, strong enough to compete with the best globally. Since then, the cluster has established itself as ground-breaking in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. Encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5,000 jobs and grow the local economy. On average, local companies have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year.


National hub for smart city demonstrations


In addition to the EU´s recent acknowledgement of Eco World Styria´s work, the cluster has also attracted attention in Austria: the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has selected the region´s City of Graz to realise the „Smart City Project Graz Mitte“ as a national spearheading pilot project to demonstrate new urban energy technologies as a part of innovative municipal development. The project is designed to encourage citizen involvement and has a funding of Euro 4.2 million. The pilot project encompasses an entire range of ecological and economic aspects to be considered when developing a „smart“ part of the city – from urban electricity generation and building façade integration, to the construction of a block of residential flats with approximately 80 units.


See the presentation of the winner of RegioStars 2012 ´smart growth´ here.

International Cleantech Network, 22.06.2012

 
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