Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland –CIO (Cleantech Initiative Eastern Germany)
Set up by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) in February 2011, the Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland (CIO) was created in order to bundle the significant potential in the “clean technology” sector within a sustainable network of companies, research institutes and other actors that transcends industry and federal state boundaries; and to implement environmentally friendly, energyefficient, and resource-efficient management in all areas. According to the Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, cleantech potential, measured as a share of the overall economy, is higher in the new federal states than in the west of the country. Building on these strengths – by integrating these competences in a meaningful and sustainable way – is the goal of the Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland. The significant economic potential available in the cleantech sector in the region was most recently underpinned by a KPMG study (2013) putting turnover among the three thousand-plus companies active in the sector’s six lead markets in the EUR 31 billion region. The initiative is currently made up of around 80 active members from the manufacturing and service sectors. By providing a platform for cleantech activity in Eastern Germany, the Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland brings together different industry actors to strengthen the region’s position as an international center of clean technology excellence. Committed to establishing Eastern Germany as a major cleantech hub, the CIO network is represented in the states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Thuringia, and Saxony-Anhalt.