The NRW cluster policy
Clusters are regional and interregional networks in which companies, research facilities, political and non-profit institutions cooperate all along the value chain. The cluster policy of North Rhine-Westphalia's government aims to "strengthen strengths", supporting such partnerships in 16 different industries and technological fields.
The environmental technology industry
The GreenTech industry has become one of the global key industries in recent years. Its global market volume amounted to EUR 1,400 billion in 2007, and this is expected to rise to EUR 3,100 billion by 2020. Among the German federal states, NRW is one of strongest in the field of environmental technology. Already today it is home to 250,000 jobs in the industry. The companies in NRW have placed their focus on the forward-looking markets of resource and energy efficiency. In the water sector, NRW has always been a leader. NRW offers outstanding location advantages in terms of demand, availability of trained human resources and infrastructure.
The environmental technology cluster Umwelttechnologien.NRW works under the auspices of North Rhine-Westphalia's Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection (www.mkulnv.nrw.de). The cluster pursues the central goal of continuing to improve NRW's already prominent position in the GreenTech industry. It has set itself the following guiding objectives:
Improve competitiveness and create high-quality and innovative jobs
Sensitize the international market for environmental technologies from NRW
Promote integrated environmental protection as an alternative to after-care approaches
Build up the identity of environmental technology as an industry
Raise the state's profile in the industry
The cluster management team will initiate activities and projects to realize these goals and preside over their implementation through to completion.