Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH
Green Tech Cluster Styria

Austria: Styria
Johann Koinegg
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About us

Green Tech Cluster – World’s Number One in Green Tech

"New services promote the expansion of research and development at the site. Another focus is on strengthening international growth," says Bernhard Puttinger, Managing Director of the Green Tech Cluster.

Currently, 20% of the world's green electricity is already generated with technologies from the Green Tech Valley in the south of Austria. We have a lot planned for the future, from 2020 to 2025 we will:

  •     (Co-)initiate cooperations with a volume of 100 million euros.
  •     attract 1,000 additional green tech researchers and developers to the location
  •     Reach an additional 5,000 employees in the companies

How do we create green growth and innovations?

We push cutting-edge research. And we attract new innovation and competence centers to our location. This is where innovative solutions are created. Integrated heat transition, green gas and hydrogen are particular focal points. Energy quarters, digitalized recycling chains, new sorting technologies and battery recycling are just as important. And we are continuously expanding Green Tech Valley. We are increasing its global visibility. And we are taking care of joint customer acquisition.

How does this benefit you as a cluster partner?

We connect you through active matching with suitable contacts as well as through informal exchange. Through customized activities, you learn and benefit from each other in a targeted manner. That's why the cluster family, with over 220 members, is constantly growing both nationally and internationally.

We break new ground with you. Companies work together in overarching solution groups. The cluster is an innovation driver and trend scout. It provides technology radars, market opportunities and project development. There are also startup collaborations, individual company workshops and much more.

Grow with us. Companies in the Green Tech Cluster have doubled employment in 10 years. They have also tripled their sales. Green Tech Valley has an international presence. You can benefit from this at joint buyer days, roadshows or the digital solutions platform.

Established - 01 January 2005
Staff in the management team - 6-10
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Lifelong learning
  • Talent Attraction

Cluster composition

  • 233
    Cluster Members
  • 180
  • 70
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 15
    Large Companies
  • 25
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 5
    Number of civil society members
  • 8
    Other Ecosystem Actors

With a lot of pioneering spirit, the Green Tech Cluster was founded in 2005 with 80 companies. Today, we are more than 20 technology leaders at one location, 14 competence centers and over 220 cluster companies. And we continue to move toward becoming a global hotspot for climate protection and circular economy solutions. With the cluster strategy "2020-2025" we continue to grow in Austria and internationally.

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Limited Liability Company (private or public)
Languages spoken
English German
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Johann Koinegg
Internationalisation Responsible
Bernhard Puttinger
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Professional, scientific and technical activities:M74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities - Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies:U99 Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Office administrative, office support and other business support activities:N8299 Other business support service activities n.e.c. - Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies:U9900 Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Alliances:Low carbon industries
Technology fields
E\: Fixed constructions:Water supply; sewerage - F\: Mechanical engineering; lighting; heating; weapons; blasting:Heat exchange in general - H\: Electricity:Generation, conversion, or distribution of electric power - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Technologies or applications for mitigation or adaptation against climate change
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks and low energy computing - Digital transformation:Intelligent inter-modal & sustainable urban areas (e.g. smart cities) - Digital transformation:Smart system integration - Sustainable innovation:Climate change - Sustainable innovation:Eco-innovations - Sustainable innovation:Resource efficiency - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable energy & renewables - Sustainable innovation:Waste management


Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - Lifelong learning - Talent Attraction

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

  • Promotion of biogas/biomethane use in Brazil Funding agency: Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

The goal of this strategic alliance of Austrian and Brazilian companies and universities is to build and strengthen local knowledge and local innovation power - starting from biogas production, biogas processing to the use as a fuel for agricultural transport and work vehicles.


  • Model Region Energy Funding agency: Austrian Research Promotion Agency

The aim of this exploratory project is to achieve the ambitious goal of 100 % renewable energy within the strategic boundaries (for example energy strategy of Styria). The technological strengths of this hotspot, which is internationally known as “Green Tech Valley”, will be bundled within an overall concept and a project cluster and therefore a comprehensive and large-scale demonstration – in the sense of the flagship region – will be prepared.


  • Smart City Graz Funding agency: Austrian Research Promotion Agency

In order to sort and apply urban development strategies and indicators, four strategic action levels were introduced on a local level: The city as a region ("CityRegion"), target areas, the quarter and buildings/projects.  In the action fields Economy, Society, Ecology, Mobility, Energy, Facility management, the aim is to define pilot projects for Graz, integrated according to the applicable strategic action level and implemented as agreed. This multi-project strategy could trigger a new era in urban development in Graz.


  • BAT-SAFE Funding agency: Austrian Research Promotion Agency

BAT-SAFE is a research project, which is working on the risks and impacts of batteries in waste management systems. The project is done in cooperation with the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management (AVAW), the Elektro Recycling Austria GmbH and the Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG. In contrast to former battery-related research projects, BAT-SAFE is dealing with portable batteries, especially lithium-batteries.

Project name

  • BioEnergyTrain

The development and adoption of renewable and sustainable energy has become a top priority in Europe, and is Horizon 2020’s most prominent theme. Research into new energy methods required to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint is an urgent and critical need, and is reliant upon a flow of newly qualified persons in areas as diverse as renewable energy infrastructure management, new energy materials and methods, and smart buildings and transport. Bioenergy is a particularly important field in this respect as it is at the cross-roads of several important European policies, from the Strategic Energy Technology Plan Roadmap on Education and Training (SET-Plan) to the European Bioeconomy Strategy to European Food Safety and Nutrition Policy. European development in this prioritised field is stalled due to a lack of qualified personnel, a lack of cohesion and integration among stakeholders, and poor linkage between professional training and industry needs. To address these problems, BioEnergyTrain brings together fifteen partners from six EU countries to create new  post-graduate level curricula in key bioenergy disciplines, and a network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy from field/forest to integration into the sustainable energy systems of buildings, settlements and regions. The project will foster European cooperation to provide a highly skilled and innovative workforce across the whole bioenergy value chain, closely following the recommendations of the SET-Plan Education Roadmap.


Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

South Africa
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type
ICN International Cleantech Network

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

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