In 2015, eco-innovation and the circular economy are firmly on the agenda in Luxembourg and on the rise compared to previous years. The country is ranked third in the Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (Eco-IS), and continues its significant progress in this domain.

This positive progression was initiated under the leadership of the Luxembourg Green Party, which has been part of the country’s government since December 2013, and that of the Luxembourg Eco-Innovation Cluster. The latter works closely with the government on promoting the circular economy, a focus that has been reinforced since the election of its current president a few years ago.

The most relevant eco-innovation trend over the past few years has been the focus of the government on the circular economy model as a way of diversifying the economic activities of the country and promoting competitiveness. This view was further reinforced with the publication in 2014 of a study by the Ministry of Economy assessing the benefits to be expected from a transition towards a more circular economy. In addition, in 2015, an inter-ministerial committee was created under the leadership of the State Secretary to bring together public actors and to increase crossover and consensus about the circular economy.

Other leading eco-innovation areas include the rational use of natural resources, material science, sustainable mobility, sustainable cities and corporate and social responsibility. The main eco-innovation drivers of the country include strong political support and commitment towards eco-innovation and sustainable development, and the recognised need to diversify the economy for economic growth and productivity.

In addition to the Eco-Innovation Cluster mentioned above, other key supported areas include mobility, sustainable cities and smart technologies.  

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For further information:

  • Di Pillo, N., 2015, « Le “must-have” de l’année: L’économie circulaire s’impose progressivement comme nouveau modèle », in Wort, 23 December 2015.

  • Strategic Background Paper – Clean/Green Technologies, Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade:

  • Cross-sectoral study on the motivations of Luxembourgish enterprises towards eco-innovation (‘Motivations a l’eco-innovation: une comparaison sectorielle sur les entreprises au Luxembourg’) (in French), CEPS/INSTEAD February 2012:

  • Cluster Eco Dev (2009), La démarche d’éco-conception: accompagnement personnalisé et aides financières a l’innovation, Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, October 2009

  • EcoDev (2009b), Lancement du Cluster EcoDev des eco-technologies et du développement durable, 17 Fevrier 2009, Luxinnovation.

  • Engel T. (2010), Luxembourg goes smart. Existing infrastructures and services today and R&D plans for tomorrow, Security and Trust, University of Luxembourg

  • EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH with Returnity Partners, for the Ministry of Economy, 2014, Luxembourg as a knowledge capital and testing ground for the circular economy. National roadmap to positive impacts. Tradition, Transition, Transformation. Available at:

  • Ernst & Young (2010), Luxembourg’s tailor-made structures for cleantech, Private Equity services Ernst & Young Luxembourg

  • ETAP (2010), Guidelines for the promotion of environmental technologies in Luxembourg, Environmental Technologies Action Plan

  • European Investment Fund, Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement, 2015, Entrée en action du Luxembourg Future Fund pour le soutien des PMEs. Communiqué de Presse. Available at:

  • FOCUS (2010), Environmental Innovators hit the spotlight, FOCUS on Research and Innovation in Luxembourg, N°3/2010, Luxinnovation

  • Luxinnovation (2010), Les éco-technologies et le développement durable dans les entreprises, Loi relative a un régime d’aides a la protection de l’environnement a l’utilisation rationnelle des ressources naturelles du 18 Février 2010, Ministère de l’Economie et du commerce extérieur. Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

  • Ministère de l’environnement (2008), Nouvelle campagne du Ministère de l’Environnement, Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, Novembre 2008

  • Ministère du Développement Durable et des infrastructures (2009), Environmental Performance Review of Luxembourg, OECD-WPEP, EPR Luxembourg, le gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, October 2009

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