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Member firms of Aclima - the Basque environment industry cluster, registered record billing of 1,734 million euros in their eco-business divisions in 2008. Accounting for 2.5% of the region's GDP, the figure is one-tenth of the total billing returned by the businesses involved (14,768 million in all).

There's clearly no place like home for firms in the Basque cluster, as they do 32% of all their environmental business in the Basque Country itself and as much as 57% in Spain as a whole. Foreign markets are less hospitable, accounting for just 11% of total eco-billing, usually oriented towards areas where firms with their own technologies, particularly in water treatment, operate at very competitive levels abroad.

Altogether, the Basque Country spends 414 euros per inhabitant on the environment, making it the third biggest per capita spender in Spain, although still some way behind the leader, Navarra, which currently spends 555 euros. The average for Spain as a whole is a rather more modest 291 euros.

Aclima is a benchmark for the environmental industry in the Basque region, with 98 member businesses and 16 honorary members, including a number of institutions such as the Basque regional government, the University of the Basque Country (UPV) and all the region's technology centres. Companies and institutions between them employ 16,085 workers, some 4,000 of whom concentrate on environmental activities. In general, Aclima firms cover all the aspects of the environment industry, including the waste and wastewater treatment, decontaminating land, air quality, waste evaluation and capitalization and consultancy and study services.

To make problems of environmental quality easier to solve, four regional technology centres, Gaiker, Inasmet, Labein and Leia, recently created the CITMA foundation, an environmental technology innovation centre that harnesses the technological resources of all four founder centres. The Foundation’s technology and services offer helps firms to adapt to new European requirements without losing competitiveness, while generating and identifying new business opportunities.


Related links
Ihobe - Basque Government-funded environmental management company
FUNDACIÓN CITMA - Environmental technology innovation centre


Source: Presidency of the Government - General Secretariat for Communication

Fecha de la última modificación: 26/01/2009