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NENA: A new network of innovative enterprises in the Alps


Project partners at the founding of the network in Zurich. © ITZ

A network of innovative and sustainability-orientated enterprises and umbrella organisations in the Alps was officially established in Zurich in mid-January.
The network was developed over the past two years as part of an Interreg III project co-financed by the EU.
NENA's objectives involve enabling the exchange of know-how and experience between enterprises engaged in sustainability and long-term co-operation on specific issues and projects in the Alpine region. Enterprises are to be assisted in expanding their innovation potential and improving their competitiveness.
In a first phase the network is to focus on the topic areas of renewable energies and energy efficiency in the building sector and on timber as a value-added chain. The network welcomes as members any innovation and sustainability-orientated enterprises and their umbrella organisations which deal with these issues. An agency is to be set up to bring together core competences such as an international and entrepreneurial work culture and solid know-how in the areas of renewable energies and energy efficiency. CIPRA, the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps, is to be involved in this area, too.
A number of joint activities is already scheduled on NENA's programme for 2008. They include events, further training and publications as well as contacts with potential new members. Particular emphasis is to be placed on areas such as the assessment of public buildings, energy-saving construction and renovation projects at high altitude (mountain refuges in particular) and financing models for renewable energies. A concept for another joint Interreg project has already been drawn up by NENA members and submitted to the relevant body.
Source and information: (en)