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Luxembourg is a strong advocate for sustainable development, in economic, ecological and social terms with governmental policies aimed at facilitating the up-take of clean technologies and products.

An expanding sector

Luxembourg is home to a growing community of clean technology start-ups and SMEs. Their main fields of expertise include:

  • Sustainable construction
  • Energy transition
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Smart cities
  • Smart mobility
  • Circular economy

Cooperation between the private and public sectors is encouraged with research activities in environmental management, life-cycle assessment, clean technologies and process engineering, environmental modelling and the sustainable management of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Circular economy, smart cities, smart mobility: new opportunities

There are a wide array of new business opportunities for cleantech companies in Luxembourg. Facilitating the transition to a circular economy is a national priority. The demand for innovative solutions is driven by building projects with a cradle-to-cradle approach and the on-going reconversion of brownfield sites into eco-friendly districts. There is also a clear focus on developing smart mobility and supporting developments in fields such as clean transportation, shared mobility and intelligent transport systems (ITS).

Luxembourg: your ideal access point to the European cleantech market

Located in-between several of the main European markets, Luxembourg offers an excellent platform for targeting clients across the EU and setting up pilot installations and demonstration centres that are within easy reach for on-site visits.

International trade is greatly facilitated by Luxembourg’s stable and business-friendly environment. The highly skilled and multilingual workforce makes it easy to find staff able to communicate with your clients in their own language.

Sustainable finance hub

Luxembourg plays a pioneering role in using finance to meet sustainable goals. The Luxembourg Green Exchange is the world’s first and leading platform exclusively dedicated to sustainable securities, listing almost half of the world’s green bond volume and an estimated third of sustainable and social bonds. The independent and international Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG) awards a recognisable Responsible Investment label to investment vehicles. Luxembourg has also developed a roadmap to establish a comprehensive and far-reaching sustainable finance strategy.

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Fit 4 Start is back! Calls for applications are now open

15-03-2021

Start-ups in the ICT and space technology sectors are invited to participate in the 11th edition of Luxembourg's acceleration programme Fit 4 Start. Successful candidates will benefit from 20 weeks of personalised coaching and grants of up to €150,000. The calls are now open until 15 April 2021.
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Public-private university chair to study energy process engineering

10-03-2021

Paul Wurth S.A., a company of SMS group, and the University of Luxembourg have entered into an agreement to create and finance the Paul Wurth Chair in Energy Process Engineering. The partnership supports Luxembourg’s ambition to develop a centre of excellence in fields surrounding the emerging hydrogen economy.
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Green hydrogen, moon mining, anti-scam technology: Luxembourg’s innovative approach

22-02-2021

Luxembourg is known for audacious moves to develop its economy – building one of the world’s leading financial centres from scratch is perhaps the most well-known example. The Financial Times reports on other initiatives focusing on renewable energy, space technology and cybersecurity.
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New Luxembourg strategy for the circular economy

08-02-2021

The Luxembourg government objectives are to accelerate the implementation of the circular economy and to position the country internationally as a centre of expertise in the field.
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21 April 2021

EIC Greenhouse Gas Programme: Ready to launch your carbon journey?

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On 21 April 2021, the EIC GHG Programme will be officially launched with an event that will outline its services. Read more

26 April 2021

Horizon Europe – Actions for bioenergy, biofuels, and renewable fuels

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The Clean Energy Transition Unit of the European Commission’s General Directorate of Research and Innovation/Clean Planet Directorate will organise an information event Workshop on Horizon Europe – Actions for bioenergy, biofuels and renewable fuels on 26 April 2021 on-line. Read more

18 May 2021

Cleantech beyond borders: Luxembourg and Germany

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The dynamic and innovation driven cleantech field proves that it is crucial to team up with highly knowledgeable partners in order to conduct ambitious innovation projects – partners who may be located outside your own country’s borders. Read more

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