The Austrian Environmental Industry. Summary of Results

It is estimated that 330 companies operated in the Austrian environmental technology industry in 2003, achieving a turnover of € 3.78 billion and employing 17,200 workers. They exported environmental technologies in the amount of € 2.45 billion, about half of which came from clean energy technologies. The Austrian environmental technology industry is a dynamic sector. It has moved away from its focus on end-of-pipe technologies towards integrated technologies. Austria, a small country which specialised in environmental technologies at an early stage, has achieved a good position in international competition. Growing competitive pressure on both foreign markets and the domestic market constitutes a challenge for the Austrian environmental technology industry in its aim to maintain or improve its competitive position. Supplying continually improving high-quality technologies is one way achieving this goal.