Government supports green (r)evolution

Owing to GreenEvo and to the support of the government, new green technologies are likely to step in path of rapid development. Systems of solar lamps, sewage sludge drying plants and hazardous waste disposal technologies – 21 green technologies have been chosen, which within the 2nd edition of the GreenEvo project have a chance for comprehensive development and promotion abroad.This year, the competition jury, consisting of eminent experts in the field of entrepreneurship and technologies, as well as representatives of government institutions, chaired by Bernard Błaszczyk, Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Environment has qualified the innovative Polish solutions in green technologies, which have the greatest potential for development and expansion abroad, to participate in the project. 21 among the 36 solutions presented for the 2nd edition have received a unique opportunity to conquer foreign markets – the consulting and training offer of the GreenEvo project, which will enable the development of Polish green technologies on the international markets.Minister Andrzej Kraszewski has commented on the results of the competition recruitment of green technologies to the 2nd edition of GreenEvo:“Green technologies are one of the tools used for shaping the green economy and achieving green growth. It is a global trend which Poland wants to follow by showing the best national solutions for protection of the environment and their promotion on the key foreign markets.We would like to congratulate the owners of the winning technologies and invite to a hard, collective work within the GreenEvo project, which will lead the chosen ones to promotion abroad with the support of the government. As demonstrated by the success of the winners from the first edition of the GreenEvo project, both business and foreign contracts, as well as strengthening the Polish brand as a country, which supports green development in the world, are in our reach.”

The solutions concerning renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste and water treatment, waste management and air protection are among the technologies qualified to participate in the project. They included, among others, an innovative method of disposal of hazardous waste, sewage sludge drying plant or a system of solar lamps.
The evaluation of the proposals included – formal and substantive – obligatory and optional criteria. Only solutions which have already been implemented, and not ideas or concepts, were taken under consideration during the qualification of technologies to participate in the project. The evaluation concerned the aspect of support of the technology for the environment in the broad sense and the effectiveness of its implementation, i.e. whether the solution has been proven in business and is implemented in real customers’ projects. The contribution to the development of the national technological methodology as well as export opportunities were also important criteria.
In the coming months, the companies selected in the 2nd edition of the project, possessing the selected technologies, will be supported through, among others, individual counseling in the field of technology transfer, as well as through the possibility of fund-raising and promotion, they will receive an opportunity to participate in a series of training events (concerning e.g. the international sale of green technologies, professional presentation and sales techniques, public support instruments for companies and their green technologies). “The most important aspect in GreenEvo is to offer rods, not fish to the green technologies. We do not give money, but we control the development of technologies on the basis of a reconnaissance on global markets. The substantive and educational support for the selected projects will increase the market competitiveness of ecological solutions”, states Minister Kraszewski.
In order to ensure the effective implementation of the project, the Ministry of the Environment has recruited other institutions, organizations and entities. This year, within the conducting of the 2nd edition of the GreenEvo project, the Ministry wants to further strengthen the cooperation with the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs.
Moreover, it is planned to connect the actions implemented within the above mentioned project with the initiative of the European Union – the Preliminary Programme of the European System for Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). ETV is a tool, the purpose of which is primarily to enable the implementation of innovative environmental technologies into the market through verification of the accuracy of declarations of suppliers of these solutions.
The environmental technologies market is one of the most dynamically growing sectors of the world’s economy. For over a year, the GreenEvo – Green Technology Accelerator project has been operating owing to the project of the Ministry of the Environment and the support from the government. It supports innovative Polish green technologies and helps them in their transfer to foreign markets.
GreenEvo – Green Technology Accelerator is an innovative project developed by the Ministry of the Environment, designed to promote Polish environmental technologies and support the development of enterprises in this field. It is also supposed to help Polish companies involved in the development of green technologies to operate on the international markets and to prepare them for competitive management of their projects.
The Ministry of the Environment prepared GreenEvo – Green Technology Accelerator within the 14th United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Poland in December 2008.
By carrying out the project, the Ministry implements in a practical way the ideas of the most important strategic environmental document, National Environmental Policy (Polityka Ekologiczna Państwa), concerning the technology transfer and conducting environmental protection actions.
1st edition of GreenEvo in numbers:

  • 59 submitted applications of companies, of which 13 winners were selected,
  • 152 hours of business training,
  • 5 expert analyses of the foreign markets’ needs,
  • 5 published reports: Analysis of foreign markets in terms of GreenEvo technologies, Analysis of foreign markets in terms of promotional possibilities, Analysis of the potential of environmental technologies in Poland, Tools/instruments of support for enterprises on foreign markets, Analysis of support instruments for enterprises on the Polish market,
  • 14 films and several thousand brochures promoting the winners of the programme,
  • 14 trips for missions and environmental fairs, as well as several hundreds of business meetings.

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