Copenhagen’s cleantech cluster wins best-practice award

Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster won a prestigious award at the 2016 RegioStars Awards, celebrating Europe’s most original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

In 2009, Copenhagen Capacity, the Capital Region of Denmark and Region Zealand initiated Denmark’s most ambitious cluster project, Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster.

The ambitions of the cluster initiative included creating 1,000 jobs in five years, and to develop a strong cleantech cluster in Greater Copenhagen viable to continue after the project period had ended.

Today, Denmark’s national cluster CLEAN, which has earned recognition as a European “GOLD Cluster”  is a living proof that Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster succeeded in any way.

Read more about CLEAN here.

Strong clusters attractive for business, investors and talent

In October, the cluster won the “Smart Growth Award” at the RegioStars Awards 2016 by the European Commission, highlighting it as a European role model for other regions and cities.

“We are very happy and proud to have succeeded in creating a viable cluster, which still today creates value for international and Danish cleantech companies in Greater Copenhagen. It is proof that the combination of local expertise and funding from the EU is a strong one”, says Claus Lønborg, CEO of Copenhagen Capacity, who was the initiator and project manager of Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster.

“Strong clusters is attractive for international companies, investors and talents, and therefore Copenhagen Capacity is engaged in cluster development. Our most recent initiative is Copenhagen Healthtech Cluster, making Greater Copenhagen the leading region for testing and developing new health technology”, says Claus Lønborg.

About RegioStars Awards:

  • In 2016 five awards was awarded in the categories Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth, Inclusive Growth, City Star and Effective Project Management.
  • Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster was one among 23 nominated projects for the 5 awards and won in the category Smart growth.
  • Read more about Regio Stars Awards here 

About Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster and CLEAN

  • Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (CCC) had 12 partners and a total budget of DKK 142 million.
  • The project created 1096 jobs and supported 126 startup companies.
  • The project was financed by EU funds and support from the Capital Region of Denmark and Region Zealand.
  • In 2014, CCC merged with Lean Energy Cluster, resulting in the national cluster CLEAN.
  • CLEAN is Denmark’s green cluster with more than 170 members from the public and private sector and knowledge institutions.
  • The cluster works with energy, environment, smart city and internationalisation.
  • CLEAN has the status of GOLD Cluster and are among Europe’s leading.

Read more about CLEAN here.