The region of Styria, Austria, is home to more than 200 companies and research facilities on the green tech sector. Here more than 22.000 people are developing the green innovations of tomorrow. With 20 global technological leaders, the region provides the world’s highest concentration in the areas of hydropower, bioenergy, solar energy, waste and resource management and green buildings.
Styria is an excellent and fertile breeding ground for research and development. With an R&D quota of 5.2%, it is one of Europe's top three regions and has held a leading position over the last decade. Since the cluster was created in 2005, green tech companies have grown at a rate of 10% annually, almost twice as fast the average annual rate of around 7% for global markets. More than 90% of this innovative output is exported in global markets.
The Green Tech Cluster accelerates green innovations and green growth. With the Strategy 2015-2020, the cluster is placing the focus for growth on green innovation. In the key strategic areas of Green Energy (integrated energy systems with biomass, hydro and solar), Green Building (energy facades, smart urban buildings) and Green Resources (digital waste management, future waste recycling), the Green Tech Cluster develops more than 30 industrial innovation projects each year.
Based on the triple "I" of innovation, internationalisation and individual services, the Green Tech Cluster provides support with international roll out of innovations and offers customised services to cluster partners. The Green Tech Cluster has formed the alliance of 13 global clusters in the ICN International Cleantech Network and provides access to international markets.
The Green Tech Cluster has been awarded many times for excellent cluster management (“Cluster Management Excellence Label” in gold with an outstanding evaluation result of 100%), the most innovative growth project in the EU (“Regiostar” of the European Commission) and the No. 1 Environmental Technology Cluster worldwide (US rankings).