Denmark has been ranked No. 1 in a new report ’Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012’, prepared by WWF and Cleantech Group, a global cleantech consultancy company. The report examined where new cleantech companies are growing today, and which countries are best at creating innovation in green technology.
The Minister for Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr says:
- The report shows that Denmark is a leader in cleantech. We have set an ambitious course towards becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050, with specific targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% in 2020 and to ensure that wind energy will account for half of our electricity consumption by 2020.
- Denmark's achievement is partly explained by our ability to support the start-up of cleantech companies until their ideas and technologies become profitable to the benefit of both the economy and the environment.
- Rankings like this are important when I discuss with foreign companies why they should invest in Denmark. And international companies have already discovered Denmark in terms of investments in cleantech. Last year, a third of the jobs Invest in Denmark helped create were in the cleantech sector.
Denmark supports innovative cleantech start-up companies
The report assessed 38 countries against 15 indicators related to the creation and commercialisation of start-up cleantech companies. An associated index measured the potential of each country to produce cleantech start-up companies and commercialise green innovation over the next 10 years.
Denmark was ranked No.1 on the list, followed by Israel, Sweden, Finland and USA. The report highlights Denmark's support of innovative cleantech start-up companies, and confirms that start-up companies, especially in wind energy sector, are succeeding in creating businesses from their innovative technologies.
The full report can be downloaded here