Regional Environmental Technology Centres in Sweden, organization and working procedures
Olof Hjelm*, Josefin Nyquist and Henric Rehnmark
Environmental Technology and Management
Department of Management and Engineering
Linköping University
581 81 Linköping

 *Tel: +46 13 28 56 47
Fax: +46 13 28 11 01

Environmental technology (ET) or Cleantech has started to attract much interest in the regional development of many European regions. ET is often seen as a coming line of business which will attract investors and bring economic growth, while contributing to more sustainable regions. This increased interest has many explanations and is of course influenced by the strong medial and political focus on climate change. Many Swedish companies have a long tradition of ET, but only recently it has been able to find reliable statistics of the size of the sector. After the release of public statistics from Statistic Sweden it became obvious that ET comprised a substantial part of the Swedish business sector. Further, highly innovative ET companies have started to attract international investors and several international delegations are visiting Swedish regions to meet such companies.

 This has created a belief among many Swedish regions that the ET sector stands before something like a new IT boom. But it is also realised that many companies in this sector are often small and that they are not ready for international markets or to grow rapidly. Another problem is that much of the know-how and technical solutions are trapped in companies owned by the local municipalities which by law are not allowed to operate outside the local region. To overcome these and other obstacles Swedish regions are setting up different types of Environmental Technology Centres (ETC). In this article we present the first results from ongoing research on the creation of such centres.

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