|Sectors:||Renewable energy, energy efficiency|
|Partner companies:||> 160|
|Turnover:||2.3 billion Euros|
|Export rate:||> 50%|
|Cluster Management:||OÖ Energiesparverband|
Upper Austria is a model region in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. To further improve the opportunities for companies that are active in these sectors, and to strengthen their worldwide leading positions, the regional government of Upper Austria decided in 1999 to create a network of green energy businesses - the Oekoenergie-Cluster (OEC).
The economic department of the Upper Austrian government entrusted the OÖ Energiesparverband with managing the business Cluster.
The main objective of the Oekoenergie-Cluster is to support renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses in the fields of innovation and competitiveness, contributing to the positive market development in sustainable energy production and use.
The cluster partners are companies and organisations in Upper Austria which produce technologies in the areas of renewable energy use and energy efficiency, or act as suppliers on different production and service levels.
The OEC also contributes to fostering Upper Austria's top position as an exemplary region in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. 34 % of the region's primary energy consumption is produced from renewable energy sources, and the energy demand for new homes has been halved since 2002.
Currently, the OEC is one of the most important energy clusters in Europe. In 2006, it was declared the best cluster in Europe by the EU Commission and received the "European Cluster Award". In 2014 the management of the OEC was named one of the three best in Europe by the Directorate General Entreprise and Industry of the European Commission.