In the Philippines, the answer is blowing in the wind
Who can answer the question of how to provide sustainable energy and green technology to tackle our present challenges? No one really knows, but the Nordic countries take four out of the top ten spots on the list of most innovative cleantech countries in the world. Besides political and economic incentives, this might come from a profound respect for the forces of nature and the need for working with, instead of against these forces.
The Nordic countries have a tradition of using water, sun and wind energy for sustainable management of the environment, and this tradition constantly leads to new innovations. For instance when the wind turbine maker, Vestas introduces new turbines that are able to operate during typhoons and tropical storms in Philippines.
Four Nordic countries are among the top 10 on Cleantech Group and WWF’s ranking of the most innovative cleantech countries. Drawing from 15 indicators, the 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index evaluated 40 countries based on an average between inputs to cleantech innovation and outputs of cleantech innovation.
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- Countries ranked on the Global Cleantech Innovation Index. read more
- Country profiles on the Global Cleantech Innovation Index. read more
- The Nordic countries on the top 10 of Cleantech Group and WWF’s ranking of the most innovative clean-tech countries:
Denmark scores above the mean for all metrics, but is especially strong in commercialised cleantech. The country is the top performer for the amount raised by cleantech funds and the number of cleantech organisations, making Denmark the top performer for cleantech-specific drivers.
Finland takes the 2nd place overall, with strong performances for its cleantech R&D budget and the number of cleantech funds present. Emerging cleantech is Finland’s strong point, with strong performances across all indicators.
Sweden shows a particular strength in its citizens’ perceived entrepreneurial opportunities. Highlights are the high public R&D expenditure in the cleantech sphere, evidence of a cleantech-friendly policy environment, a large number of domestic private cleantech investors, and filing 1.5 times the global average number of cleantech-related patents by GDP.
- Norway (9th place)
Norway performs above the global average in both inputs to and outputs of cleantech innovation, with a particular strength in producing cleantech-specific drivers. Norway’s strength lies in promoting cleantech-specific drivers of innovation, ranking 2nd in this pillar with top performance in public R&D expenditure to the cleantech sector.