Diffusion of environmental technology: an analysis of export strategies in Sweden
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This article analyzes the composition of the Swedish environmental technology sector and describes the reasons behind the more or less recent interest of the government in relying on environmental technology exports to contribute to economic growth. Common enterprise information (i.e. number of companies, turnover and exports) and the sector’s performance in export activities (i.e. exports as a share of turnover) are shown over the last decade. The sector’s behavior is discussed, along with possible explanations and the highlighting of important traits that could be considered when designing and deploying export promotion strategies and plans. Particular environmental areas (as defined by Sweden’s Statistics Agency) are identified as having a significant weight on turnover generation, exports and employment in absolute terms, but do not necessarily perform that well when exports are analyzed as part of their total turnover. This may indicate the influence of these areas’ composition and ownership, as well as the legal constraints and possibly the incentives they have to export their offerings.In addition, the agencies commissioned to assess the sector and its companies – the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities that the sector has to expand into foreign markets, and the conclusions they reached – are shown and discussed. Governance and Diffusion of Innovation theories are used for the analysis of the strategies developed thus far by the government and for the suggestion of other approaches considering the particular characteristics of some markets.
Environmental Technology Exports, Governmental Initiatives, Environmental Technology Sector, Diffusion of Innovations
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-88012DiVA: diva2:601145