Austria is a small and open economy with a strong export orientation. Environmental technology sectors are a particularly dynamic part of the Austrian economy and one of the drivers of export-oriented growth, performing significantly stronger compared to the overall economy since the financial crisis in 2008.

Austrian companies have established an internationally leading position in several green technology markets. These are heat generation through thermal solar systems and heat pumps, heat storage systems, smart electricity grids, technologies for biomass energy, and passive house building. Smart and intermodal (electrical) mobility management is another upcoming eco-innovation area. With its long tradition and highest recycling rates in the EU, Austrian recycling industries are well positioned to play a key role in the future transformation of Austria towards a circular economy.

With a total score of 108 in the overall Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (Eco-IS) 2015, Austria ranked eighth in the list of EU countries, located between France and Spain and slightly above the EU average. In two of the five components (eco-innovation inputs and resource-efficiency outcomes), Austria’s performance is very close to the European average performance, while performance is above EU average regarding eco-innovation activities and outputs, and below EU average in the component of socio-economic outcomes.

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Austria




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