Enabling a Global Vision for the Baltic cleantech industry

Thematic cluster:
Central Baltic Programme
2. Economically competitive and innovative region
Direction of support:
Supporting innovation and improving competitiveness
Jan 2011 - Aug 2013 (2 years, 8 months)
Total funding:
1 096 660 €
ERDF funding:
874 285 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Exploiting the full potential of the region in research and innovation
Promote entrepreneurship and strengthen the growth of SMEs

Development idea

Environmental concerns such as the climate challenge and protecting ecological variety have become central issues in the public debate. The “cleantech industry” is seen upon as the good news in this discussion. The sector is said to represent a synergy between business interests and environmental concerns. However, despite big expectations many cleantech companies are struggling to establish themselves internationally.

Aim of the project

The aim of the Global Vision project was to increase business growth in small- and medium-sized innovative cleantech companies by means of detecting and overcoming export barriers.

Main project activities

Through in-depth analyses of the cleantech industry – on general, micro and cluster level – the project has developed a roadmap and action plan for the cleantech industry. Moreover, the project developed and delivered concrete actions such as tailored training programmes in three countries directed to cleantech companies. In the end, the project partners were able to identify new, efficient market channels and analyse existing, currently underutilised regional contacts of the decision-makers, in order to achieve the development of a new sales model for the cleantech industry.


Örebro University

ERDF funding:
434 083 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
144 694 €

Tallinn University of Technology

ERDF funding:
208 883 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
36 862 €

Riga Planning Region

ERDF funding:
231 319 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
40 821 €


Analysis of barriers to growth in the clean tech sector

In-depth analysis of the clean tech clusters and the barriers for growth perceived by companies. Problems related to knowledge providers were also addressed.

The results of the analysis are presented in a report.

Emergence of the Clean Technologies Sector in the Baltic Sea Region - full version ENG
Emergence of the Clean Technologies Sector in the Baltic Sea Region - summary version ENG

Strategy and action plan for the clean tech sector in the Baltic Sea Region

The report includes recommendations for how the clean tech sector can establish itself internationally.

The report introduces existing strategies related to the clean tech sector. Secondly, it defines a joint vision for the internationalisation of the clean tech sector in order to create a common understanding for a sustainable economic development of the sector. Thirdly, it presents critical success factors in order to achieve this vision. Finally, the report pinpoints a number of actions proposed to be implemented by different actors.

Joint strategy and action plan for the clean technologies sector in the Baltic Sea Region ENG

Export Development Programme for the clean tech sector

In order to enhance SME capacity for growth on international markets, an export development programme was carried out for the clean tech sector. 

Cleantech companies in Estonia, Latvia and Sweden face export challenges of a similar nature. An Export Development Programme was carried out for companies in the clean tech sector in each country. On a company level, the Export Development Programme resulted in better understanding of the barriers companies perceive in their internationalization efforts.