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Nordic CleanTechMarket Survey

A semi-qualitative survey of the Nordic Cleantech market of demands and where further support will be needed to accelerate a sustainable development and efficient use of environmental friendly technology

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Municipalities, counties and similar public organizations represent a dominating share of negative environmental impact in society. The result of this project will, in the long run, be a major increase of awareness, followed by an increased use of new technologies and opportunities that will decrease negative environmental impact of the involved areas. This survey include areas such as waste handling, waste water purification, energy (power plants and district heating), real estate, vehicle handling, sports facilities, swimming pools, large-scale kitchens, transports, waterworks, and road building. These 12 areas all pose some kind of negative impact on our environment, through inefficient use of energy, use of chemicals and inefficient use of other resources. All 12 areas involve a large number of small and medium enterprises and their innovative products and services that make a contribution to decrease a negative impact on the environment. The survey was performed as a gap analysis with values from what was considered to be important and what was considered as reached progress in the areas concerned. The values are presented in dot- and spider-diagrams where the countries arithmetic average on respective survey area has been plotted out in respect to the gap value. The values are also aggregated into a diagram for the Nordic countries. The diagrams are reflecting the aggregated score with the total number of municipalities participating in the survey. In the result some clear observations can be made.

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Summary

Municipalities, counties and similar public organizations represent a dominating share of negative environmental impact in society. Swedish investigations, performed prior to this survey, show that two out of three Swedish municipalities are not able to overview new technologies and new opportunities when it comes to reducing negative environmental impact. The investigation also show, that the public purchasing process will be affected in such way, that the capabilities and quality aspects of the new alternatives available in the cleantech industry, will not be included in the purchasing process, due to lack of knowledge. Thus, the major output and result of this project will, hopefully, in the long run be a major increase of awareness, followed by an increased use of new technologies and opportunities that accordingly will decrease negative environmental impact in this segment. The segment that includes municipalities, counties and similar public organizations, most commonly involve areas such as waste handling, waste water purification, energy (power plants and district heating), real estate, vehicle handling, sports facilities, swimming pools, large-scale kitchens, transports, waterworks, and road building. These 12 areas all pose some kind of negative impact on our environment, through inefficient use of energy, use of chemicals and inefficient use of other resources. Most of the 12 mentioned areas are in one way or another linked to materials recycling. 8 of the 12 areas involve buildings in some way. All 12 areas involve a large number of small and medium enterprises and their innovative products and services that make a contribution to decrease a negative impact on environment.

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