Cleantech – our definition
We define environmental technology or cleantech as solutions that contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society. A Nordic Cleantech Innovation Link member company therefore has to be;
- sustainable in a long-term perspective, according to scientifically based sustainability principles.
- preventive and proactive, i.e. addresses the basic environmental problem which the society has to tackle (as opposed to symptom cure)
- an enabler for substantial positive effects. The solution has the potential to substantially contribute to an improvements within the basic areas of needs which have been identified for a sustainable society.
Four basic rules for a sustainable society
When society is not in tune with nature we have an environment problem that threatens sustainable development. The good news is that we own the problem and can do something about it. There are four scientific principles that explain how this imbalance is caused and what a sustainable society is. The principles have been described by Professor John Holmberg from Chalmers and Stiftelsen Det Naturliga Steget, and are as follows:
- In a sustainable society nature is not subjected to a systematic increase in the concentration of substances from bed-rock.
- In a sustainable society nature is not subjected to a systematic increase in the concentration of substances produced by society
- In a sustainable society humans are not systematically denied the opportunity to satisfy their basic needs.
- In a sustainable society mankind is not systematically denied the opportunity to satisfy his needs.