Challenges for the European renewable industry amidst worldwide competition

Cleantechs, especially renewable energies, are a key provider of sustainable jobs in Europe, with already over a million “green jobs” at the end of 2011. 2012 may be at crossroads with on the one hand, the potential for additional job creation by 2020 and, on the other, the European financial crisis and its impacts. But cleantech markets are not just European or national markets. Utilities and Manufacturers are now playing in the global market.

This study aims to monitor the development of renewable energies as well as new energy technologies on a global scale. Our definition of cleantechs includes renewable energies (e.g. solar, wind, marine, biomass, etc.) and technologies that may enable saving, producing or distributing greener energy (e.g. energy storage, carbon capture and storage, etc.).