Luxembourg hosts around 200 eco-companies, working in renewable energy, waste management, water and eco-construction. Their efforts are supported by public agencies and research institutes. Under the Government’s Clean Technology Action Plan, a private initiative backed by the Ministry of the Economy, a dedicated zone is being built where cleantech companies can establish operations and access services and infrastructure that permit them to grow.
Among Luxembourg-based cleantech companies going global are SOLER, investing in hydro and wind power generation for domestic use and export, Epuramat, developing a revolutionary waste-water processing system, L.E.E.’s selling biogas plants in Europe, Asia and Africa, ECRES, reducing clients’ electricity bills with its LED technology, Rotarex, providing China with compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion kits that reduce pollution from old cars and motorbikes, and Prefalux, whose technology is heating scientists’ dwellings in Belgium's “Princess Elisabeth” Antarctic research centre. Biogas, waste-water transformation and biopolymer production are among the areas of focus at the country’s research facilities, including:
- The “Environment and Agro-biotechnologies” department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST);
- CRTE, the national resource centre for environmental technologies, leaders in life-cycle analysis, eco-design, eco-construction and renewable energies;
- NEOBUILD, the first centre for technological innovation in sustainable construction launched as a public/private partnership in 2012;
- Naturhome, builders of high-quality, low-energy wood houses;
- Dezmotec, delivering micro-cogeneration engines for hotels to lower their ecological footprint.