Six companies nominated for WWFs Dutch Cleantech Award 2012

WWFs Dutch Cleantech Award 2012 will be awarded on December 11, to the most promising cleantech company during the Clean Tech Symposium in Rotterdam. Six companies that make an important contribution to a 100% renewable energy supply have been nominated.

The following companies have been nominated by an independent jury: Hygear, Locamation, SkyNRG, HeatMatrix, Tempress and A. de Jong Group. “The variation in the six nominated companies illustrates the breadth and potency of the cleantech sector. From technological innovation to ICT or chain innovation, from energy savings to smart grids and solar energy to sustainable biofuels,” said jury chairman and CEO of Siemens Netherlands Ab van der Touw as the nominees were announced.

The purpose of the award is to stimulate the cleantech sector in Holland so solutions can grow and reduce emissions worldwide. At present Holland is in 21st place worldwide. Denmark, China and Germany lead the top 25 according to WWF in the Clean Economy, Living Planet report.

“The Dutch cleantech sector already has a good foundation. To get into the top ten worldwide there is a need for stable regulations, adequate funding and a strong domestic market. Only then can the sector take off and enable the Netherlands to reach the top 10,” says WWF Director Johan van de Gronden. Cleantech is seen as one of the drivers of a green economy in both the government manifesto and in a recommendation of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) on energy and economy cleantech. “Such support is very useful for this sector. We are on the right track. ”

The Cleantech Star Award 2012 is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), together with employers organisation FME-CWM and energy company Eneco. The nominees will present themselves on the WWF Cleantech Symposium which will be held on December 11 at Drijvend Paviljoen in Rotterdam.

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Locamation smart grid automation and smart grid automation-related products and services

SkyNRG enabling biofuel flights

A. de Jong Group energy efficiency and environmental technology services

HyGear turnkey plants for generating hydrogen and biogas

HeatMatrix light and small heat exchangers for waste heat recovery from industrial flue gas

Tempress solar energy solutions

Six New Climate Solvers Presented Today!

Climate Solver will celebrate its 5th anniversary at its annual conference in Stockholm today. And in keeping with our earlier traditions, we'll present this year's harvest of inspiring climate innovations. As lack of sufficient funding is one of the major barriers that often keep such solutions from reaching the market and their full potential, the conference theme this year is Financial Vehicles, which is also the name of a discussion paper (See Publications). And so not to keep you in suspense for a moment longer... the list of selected Climate Solvers 2012: Emerging Cooking Solutions AB - Biomass-waste Pellets for Efficient Cookstoves  

Heliospectra AB - L4A Efficient Greenhouse Lighting 

HiNation AB - HiLight Solar Light and Charging  

Powerfy AB - Solar-powered Rural Mobile Charging 

Solelia Greentech AB - Solar Charging for Electric Vehicles 

Waves4Power AB – Ocean Power 


Back by Popular Demand - Climate Solver 2012

WWF Climate Solver will celebrate its 5 year anniversary this year on November 22 at our popular, annual Climate Solver Conference in Stockholm. We’re currently in the final stages of the selection process, and will soon have a decision as to which of many interesting candidates will be awarded the title Climate Solver 2012. The theme for this year’s conference is Financing the Transition where we’ll be looking at innovative financing models from around the globe, and how they might be applied in Sweden.
Meanwhile our colleagues in China are busy arranging the details of their first ever presentation of Chinese climate technologies, which of course will be profiled on this site as soon as they are announced in December.
Oh, and solutions from India will not be far behind and are expected to be presented next spring. In other words – watch this space!

Climate Solver now launched in India!

Congratulations to our colleagues at WWF India for their newly launched Climate Solver initiative! Together with an impressive team of partners, WWF will forge the path of success for Indian climate innovations – both domestically and globally. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Ventures India, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (IIM Ahmedabad), Skyquest Technology Consulting Pvt. Ltd., and Technology Development Board (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India) have all offered their support and expertise to this promising effort.

The Climate Solver platform will provide an interface between low carbon technology innovators and industry associations, investors, government, incubation centres, and the media. After careful screening and selection of innovative clean technologies, developed by small and medium enterprises, Climate Solver India aims to showcase their potential, expand their outreach and generate awareness about them along with the overall value of innovation, as an immediate and practical solution to climate change. WWF India’s objective is to promote the use of innovative clean technologies and thereby contribute to reducing emissions and enhancing energy access.

WWF India is now accepting nominations for the first selection of  Indian Climate Solvers. Further details regarding the application process, open from 28th May till 31stJuly, are provided on the WWF India – Climate Solver webpage.

For details and queries please contact Ms. Indrani Handa – OR Ms. Kadambari Yadav – About WWF-India

Denmark tops first-of-its-kind Global Cleantech Innovation Index

Denmark, followed by Israel, Sweden, Finland and the US provide the best conditions today for clean technology start-up creation, with companies in the Asia Pacific region following closely behind when it comes to commercial success, the first Global Cleantech Innovation Index shows.

In Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012, Cleantech Group and WWF looks at where entrepreneurial cleantech companies are growing today, reasons as to where they will spring-up over the coming years, and which countries are falling above and below the curve for fostering cleantech innovation.

Thirty-eight countries were evaluated on 15 indicators related to the creation and commercialisation of cleantech start-ups, generating an index measuring each one’s potential, relative to their economic size, to produce entrepreneurial cleantech start-up companies and commercialise clean technology innovations over the next 10 years.

“The global macro-economic landscape is shifting; fostering entrepreneurial start-ups and growth companies with clean technology solutions will be an increasingly important part of countries’ competitiveness on the world stage” said Richard Youngman, Managing Director Europe & Asia, Cleantech Group.

The four top scoring countries were Denmark, Israel, Sweden and Finland. These countries all have small economies and while they are the source of much innovation, they have less ability to scale-up companies. These small countries need innovative approaches and collaboration to compensate for the lack of large domestic markets and inconsistent availability of finance throughout a company’s life-cycle.

“This index shows that several countries are on the right track, but clearly much more needs to be done if we are to properly address climate change and achieve a transition towards a global 100 percent renewable future,” said Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.

“The overwhelming majority of capital required for making the transition to a low-carbon future will come from a variety of private sources. Developing a working recipe for strengthening the flow of public-private finance towards early as well as later stage cleantech is key for countries that want to taste the economic success of cleantech,” she added.

North America and northern Europe emerged as the primary contributors to the development of innovative cleantech companies.

The US placed fifth in the Index. However in absolute terms, without factoring in economic size, the United States leads in many measures of cleantech innovation: the country has the greatest public cleantech R&D budget, the greatest number of cleantech start-ups and investors, as well as the most venture capital, private equity, and M&A deals in cleantech. 

However, the Asia Pacific region performs well when it comes to scaling up entrepreneurial cleantech companies to wider commercial success and revenue creation.

While currently seeing fewer emerging cleantech start-ups and placing 13th, China leads in cleantech manufacturing, is strong in early-stage growth, and shows potential to produce more early stage innovation in the future.

The country is rapidly gaining access to funding due to success in raising money for cleantech-focused funds. Additionally, China has been home to the majority of cleantech IPOs since 2009, many of which listed on the recently established ChiNext board of the Shenzhen stock exchange.

Similarly, India scores 12th but is performing well in fund raising towards Cleantech focused funds and has much activity in later stage Cleantech companies.

Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012 is available as a free download from both Cleantech Group and WWF.


Notes to Editors
A free webinar, The Global State of Cleantech, discussing the findings is scheduled for February 28, 2012 at 9am GMT as well as 6pm GMT. Register at

For more information, please contact

Stefan Henningsson, Senior Adviser Climate Innovation, WWF International, +46 70 57 99 291,, Twitter: shenningsson

Barbara Evaeus, Manager Climate Communications, WWF Sweden,, +46 70 393 90 30