What is the goal of the project?

The objective of the EC2i project is to support European cleantech SMEs in matchmaking missions in China and the United States in 2018 and 2019, thereby stimulating growth and jobs in Europe.

Who leads the project?

EC2i consists of five clusters:

  • Austria (Green Tech Cluster)
  • Belgium (TWEED)
  • Denmark (CLEAN)
  • France (Tenerrdis)
  • Sweden (Sustainable Business Hub)

When and where?

  • January 2018 – December 2019
  • Target markets: China & USA.


Objective #1


Stimulate internationalization of innovative European SMEs into large and dynamic cleantech markets with high growth potential (the United States and China).


  • Supporting the export of European cleantech made by SMEs outside of Europe’ and to create growth and jobs.
  • Organizing 4 matchmaking missions, 2 in the United States and 2 in China. The goal is to accompany 20-25 companies from Europe at each mission.

Objective #2


Capitalize on strong common identity and shared vision of opportunities founded on extensive past cooperation.


  • The consortium will develop tools to help SMEs enter those new markets, guide them in forming cross-sectoral, multinational consortia along value chains to deliver integrated products and services (Business Intelligence template, SME directory, etc.).

Objective #3


Establish and develop strategic partnerships with stakeholders in the target markets, identify local market opportunities, raise the profiles of European SMEs, and pursue opportunities for collaborative business development.


  • Matchmaking missions will be organized to arrange meetings between project owners and solutions suppliers as well as potential local partners.


Why China and the United States? 

The United States and China present wide markets and great business opportunities for cleantech’s export; for the export of various clean technologies related to smartcity, energy efficiency, renewable energies, sustainable buildings

The United States is one of the world largest cleantech markets with a huge potential.

Over the past five years 62% of all new capacity added to the US energy system has emanated from renewable resources.

The main focus is currently on Green Buildings, Smart Cities, District Heating and Energy Generation.

The US cleantech market 2015 represented USD 300 billion*

* Advanced Energy Now – 2017 Market Report. Navigant Research, 2017.

China is also one of the world’s largest market for cleantech.

Due to rapid industrialization and urbanization, China has experienced environmental degradation.

In response, the Chinese government has implemented policies to accelerate the deployment of environmental technologies in fields ranging from water treatment, clean energy, and air pollution to soil remediation.

Because of this policy push, the Chinese cleantech market will reach EUR 2.28 trillion by 2020.