Third gold for the Green Tech Cluster
In an international comparison of “Cluster Management Excellence”, the innovation related provider VDI/VDE Berlin awarded the Green Tech Cluster the highest mark of 100 points. The Styrian Environmental Technology Cluster now stands on the winners’ podium as the new No. 1 and leads the list of 1000 clusters audited worldwide across four continents. This award for outstanding strategy, spirit and achievement is already the third “Gold Medal” following awards in 2010 and 2012. The cluster recently initiated 35 industrial innovation projects for a liveable environment.
A special drum for the safe collection of lithium-ion batteries, an efficient heating foil for heat delivery systems and green big data services are just three of the new products and services within the 35 innovation projects launched last year by the Styrian environmental technology cluster. Its services have now been audited by independent bodies and rewarded with the highest evaluation of 100 points. As a result, the Green Tech Cluster, along with two European clusters in other regions, is leading the list of more than 1000 organisations audited worldwide.
“More than 20 years ago in Styria, we started to focus on clusters and consequently on the increased cooperation between companies, science and industry. Today our clusters in Styria represent a model for success, which is both respected and imitated internationally. This is especially true of the Green Tech Cluster, which already leads three international rankings as the best environmental technology cluster in the world”, comments State Economic Minister, Barbara Eibinger-Miedl.
In US rankings, the Green Tech Cluster was already ranked as the world’s best environmental technology hotspot in 2010 and 2012.
Breaking international ground
The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA), based at the innovation related service provider VDI/VDE in Berlin, has audited the Green Tech Cluster comprehensively on site, in accordance with the global standard for Cluster Management Excellence developed by the European Union. This covers 31 aspects and over 100 key performance indicators for strategy, structure, cooperation, financing, services and results.
Thomas Lämmer-Gamp, Director of ESCA emphasises that: “The Green Tech Cluster had already demonstrated an outstanding management organisation in an audit in 2014. The recently performed audit has once again indicated a significant increase in performance. The auditors awarded full marks in all areas.”