Africa and the Middle East
Australia and New Zealand
Central and South America and the Caribbean
India accelerates the shift to electric vehicles
Wisconsin companies with products and technologies for the electric vehicle industry may find opportunities in India.
The UK moves to clean up its waterways
A new government directive could open a range of opportunities for Wisconsin companies involved in stormwater drainage and environmental protection.
Japanese companies in the water industry hope to expand globally
Wisconsin’s expertise in the water industry might pair well with Japanese firms seeking growth.
Sweden rolls out high-speed rail
Wisconsin’s rich history of supporting industries, such as steel, technology and manufacturing, give the state’s firms the experience and knowledge needed as potential collaborators.
Japan steps up efforts for renewable power
A big investment in renewable power opens the door to companies with clean energy solutions.
UK agriculture works to shrink its environmental footprint
Farming, agricultural and related sectors have become increasingly important in the UK and are areas where Wisconsin companies could collaborate and engage with UK companies, research organizations, universities and other stakeholders to their mutual benefit.
A new Dutch government lays out its priorities
The coalition government’s agenda focuses on combating climate change and reducing the shortage of housing in the Netherlands.
France turns to hydrogen production to fight climate change
France plans to pioneer alternative methods to replace fossil fuels and become as energy independent as possible.
Environmental technology is a target for growth in Germany
Germany is home to one of the most advanced markets for environmental technologies in the world, and new laws are creating new opportunities for foreign companies to enter the market.
Mexico looks to expand electric car sales
Wisconsin companies in the electric and hybrid car sector could benefit from the growing industry in Mexico.
Vietnam moves to clean up its wastewater
Water and wastewater technology represent a key sector for the state of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, home to the Global Water Center, is a mecca for water-related business and research.
UAE launches autonomous taxis
It’s the latest in a series of autonomous vehicle projects in the UAE.
UK plans for net zero emissions by 2050
New policies create opportunities for Wisconsin companies to contribute their knowledge, services and technologies.
Australians are snapping up electric cars
As the Australian electric vehicle industry develops, there will be an increased need for charging infrastructure and supporting products, presenting a potential opportunity for Wisconsin exporters.
Improving the UK's electric vehicle charging network
As part of its strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the UK government has pledged to invest in electric vehicle connectivity, presenting new clean energy-related opportunities for U.S. suppliers.
Untapped potential in China's water purifier market
Concern is growing among Chinese consumers about safe and healthy drinking water, but penetration of these devices and systems is still low.
Rare earth and critical minerals needed to support renewable energy in Australia
The Australian government has launched a 10-year plan to expand its critical minerals processing and manufacturing capacity
UK and EU focus on goal of carbon neutrality
The UK and EU policies are aligned with one another, but will require some changes on the part of U.S. exporters selling into these markets (e.g., motor vehicle manufacturers).
Canada launches innovation hub for ocean science, technology and industry
Based in the Atlantic region of Canada, the Ocean Supercluster was created in 2018.
Brazil plans to expand water, sewage and sanitation service
Achieving universal coverage is a major project expected to take more than a decade and create 700,000 jobs.
Canada prepares to upgrade its water infrastructure
Wisconsin companies can play a role in modernization projects across Canada.
The Netherlands excels at water technology
Wisconsin water technology companies can take advantage of the strong connections between the Netherlands and Wisconsin water clusters.
Finland seeks to expand hydropower production
Wisconsin companies can contribute their expertise.
Australia prepares to invest in clean energy
A new Technology Investment Roadmap outlines spending plans and priorities.
Pandemic accelerates South Korea's digital transformation
Opportunities for Wisconsin companies to participate in implementing the Digital New Deal, Green New Deal and Employment Safety Net enhancement
Germany invests in renewable energy
Government targets call for reducing reliance on nuclear energy while dramatically increasing the share from renewable sources.
China plans buildout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
The New Infrastructure Strategy calls for adding tens of millions of new charging stations by 2030.
Mexico aims to upgrade waste management
Infrastructure and public awareness still need to catch up with new waste separation, recycling and waste-to-energy initiatives.
Japan moves to make energy supply more sustainable
Wisconsin companies can help with the shift from nuclear and coal-powered to renewable sources.
Mexico explores sustainable public transport options
Among the projects receiving investment are expansion of the Mexico City Metro, buses, streetcars, light trains and bicycles.
British Columbia dam project presents opportunities for Wisconsin companies
Companies that provide equipment and services for hydroelectric projects can bid on components of the project.
Water treatment needs in Mexico
Drinking water access in rural areas is less than 80%, and less than 50% of Mexico's collected wastewater receives treatment.
France's booming building and construction sector
In particular, government incentives for sustainable upgrades are driving strong demand.
Peru aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The South American nation needs help in complying with global commitments against climate change.
Opportunities in France's water treatment market
As clean water for human consumption becomes a rare commodity, demand is growing for products and services to more efficiently recycle wastewater as well as purify rainwater and saltwater.
Dutch government earmarks funds for homeowners' sustainable energy upgrades
It is projected that 7 million new solar panels will be installed in Dutch homes in the coming year.
Spain's dynamic water technology sector
Water technology companies in Wisconsin can take advantage of synergies with this industry cluster.
Australian market seeks sustainable packaging
Australian businesses have expressed a commitment to sustainability throughout their entire supply chain, creating opportunities for Wisconsin companies.
France prepares for shift from nuclear to renewable energy
Wisconsin companies can help France achieve its targets.
As artificial intelligence is widely adopted, Netherlands leads the way
Wisconsin companies can partner with Dutch companies as this trend drives change in multiple industries.
French automakers invest in new technologies
Wisconsin companies that can aid in the development of electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles should pursue connections in the market.
Ireland's polymer industry seeks imports as it grows
Innovative technologies are especially in demand as the industry moves toward sustainability.
UAE focuses on developing solar power
The national strategy calls for 50% of all energy to come from clean sources by 2050.
Renewable energy efforts surge in South America
Chile, Colombia and Argentina are leading the way.
Opportunities in Japan's water technology sector
Wisconsin companies in water technology can connect with Japanese companies at an upcoming trade show.
Russia prepares to modernize water treatment plants
An estimated 80% of the plants are in need of modernization.
Chile develops desalination plant to supply water to Atacama region
The project also includes construction of a photovoltaic power plant.
Netherlands works to meet EU renewable energy targets
Wisconsin companies can help the European nation expand its capacity for wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy.
Croatia invests in clean energy
The Balkan state is planning major investments in hydropower, solar and wind.
Canada eyes infrastructure improvements in light of climate impacts
Communities in the municipal and green technologies spaces may wish to tap into the Canadian supply chain.
UK looks to renewable energy to meet its environmental goals
This creates opportunities for Wisconsin suppliers of innovative products or solutions for the energy sector to collaborate with UK companies involved in these initiatives and distributors that are actively seeking new technologies in this industry.
UAE invests heavily in energy
Renewable energy will play an important role in meeting these targets.
Water technology needs in the Philippines
Access to clean water and sanitation is still varied among the country's many island economies, and overall strong economic growth is driving rapid development.
India aims to provide "Power for All"
India is already the world's third-largest producer of electricity, and will need to increase production—and rely heavily on renewable energy—to achieve the goal of providing 24/7 power for all homes, factories, businesses and agricultural operations within one year.
Opportunities in the German water technology sector
The German water technology market is the largest in Europe, and is still growing. Wisconsin companies can benefit from the strong partnerships that already exist between Germany and Wisconsin.
Germany: hub for global trade shows
Germany is home to more than 150 international trade fairs that attract up to 170,000 exhibitors and up to 10 million visitors annually.
Overview of El Salvador's export market
Pharmaceuticals, travel and tourism, automotive parts, packaging and food processing equipment, printing and graphics, safety and security equipment, and renewable energy are the most promising industries for this growing market.
Mexico prepares to invest heavily in electrical infrastructure
As part of this investment, the country aims to increase the amount of clean energy it produces.
Chile gears up for infrastructure spending
The South American nation will be investing in urban roads, education, telecommunications, water resources and more.
Estonia sets ambitious targets for renewable energy
The Baltic nation plans to produce excess renewable energy so it can trade with EU member countries that are not on track to achieve the 2020 renewable energy targets.
Changes to Czech waste management practices create opportunities for Wisconsin companies
The European nation has set targets to put less waste in landfills and increase the use of incineration and waste-to-energy plants.
Innovation in demand in Canada's oil and gas industry
Regulatory measures are putting pressure on the industry to reduce its environmental impact while continuing to ramp up production.
Japan seeks to more than double its renewable energy production
The country has become dependent on imports of fossil fuels since reducing its nuclear capacity in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
Waste management solutions sought across India
Less than 20 percent of residential wastewater and less than 60 percent of industrial wastewater is currently treated.
India's Smart Cities initiative offers investment opportunities
Sectors of opportunity include energy, water, waste and transportation.
Canada rolls out Zero Carbon Building Standard
Buildings can be certified based on their design and actual performance; Wisconsin companies will be able to assist in the construction of buildings that meet this new standard.
UAE government focuses on renewable energy
The Middle Eastern nation has set a goal of 27 percent of its energy coming from "clean" sources by 2021.
Facing massive growth, Sydney reimagines itself as three cities instead of one
The Australian capital is undertaking a plan for infrastructure development in the Western City, where most of the growth is occurring.
Latvia works to increase hydropower capacity
Although European companies are already active in the market, there is still room for Wisconsin suppliers, as Latvia's economy booms and it seeks to reduce its energy dependence.
As consumption quantity increases, China moves to increase quality as well
A new government report emphasizes the importance of growth in innovative, high-tech products.
Connected and autonomous vehicle industry grows in Canada
Convergence of strength in automotive manufacturing and information and communications technology has led to particular strength in Ontario province.
Australia needs water technology solutions to support urban growth
As Sydney experiences unprecedented growth, Wisconsin water technology companies are in a position to help the growing city meet its water needs.
Chinese companies shine at consumer electronics show
China's strength in the high-tech segment is still developing, and Wisconsin companies can help companies take products from concept to market.
Hungary strives to meet EU clean energy targets
Wisconsin companies can help the country meet the capacity goal by the 2020 deadline.
Grains, energy, cars and machinery: Russia's unexpected import categories
Even though the country exports in all these categories, its imports in the same categories are significant, and Wisconsin companies can supply some of these imports.
India and U.S. collaborate to expand renewable energy grid
A November workshop explored how both India and the U.S. will increase generating capacity and expand their grid.
Canada undertakes upgrading its aging electrical grid
The need for modernizing the grid is leading to unprecedented levels of capital investment, and Wisconsin companies can contribute.
New Zealand leads the way on "smart city" innovation
Wisconsin companies can can help provide the sensors, systems, technologies and sustainable energy solutions to support these groundbreaking initiatives.
Ireland's water technology sector takes off
The sector is growing rapidly as Ireland's economy shifts its emphasis away from legacy industries.
Strong demand in Canada for clean energy technologies
Even provinces whose economies depend on fossil fuels are eyeing a shift toward solar and wind power production, and Wisconsin companies can play a role in this conversion.
South Korean consumers seek air pollution solutions
Air quality in South Korea has deteriorated due to a dust storm in the Gobi Desert and smog from China, creating demand for air purifiers, vacuum cleaners, dust-proof bedding and curtains, and dust masks.
Italy switches on LED lighting
New regulations taking effect have increased demand for energy-efficient lighting, and Wisconsin supplies nearly half of U.S. exports to Italy in this category.
Australia's clean energy sector gears up for expansion
Recent changes in government policy in several Australian states have sparked a renewed interest in waste-to-energy opportunities.
New Dutch government mulls priorities
The environment, renewable energy, and national defense are expected to be among the top priorities of the new coalition government.
Keep an eye on these Brazilian sectors
As the economy emerges from a three-year recession, opportunities exist for Wisconsin companies in the energy, agriculture, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors, among others.
South Africa's mining industry looks for water treatment solutions
Wisconsin firms may be able to supply the technology that is needed to address an environmental hazard.
India faces water scarcity as demand increases
Even as its population continues to increase, India is working to provide all of its inhabitants with clean drinking water and wastewater treatment.
India's green building boom
Opportunities for Wisconsin suppliers of building products and services, construction, architecture, engineering, design, building materials and equipment
China boosts investment in environmental protection
As it aims to remediate water pollution and protect its water supply, Wisconsin companies can provide expertise.
Despite small size, Austria offers big export opportunities
Renewable energy, medical technology and industrial machinery are sectors of particular promise.
In the push for renewable energy, Mexico turns to hydropower
Wisconsin companies can contribute to expansion of this power source.
Indonesia's solar outlook shines bright
As the country prepares to dramatically expand its solar energy production, Wisconsin companies can contribute.
China seeks to attract more foreign investment
New, more investment-friendly policies present opportunities for Wisconsin companies.
Renewed opportunities in Canada's oil and gas sector
Supply cuts have nudged oil prices upward, and projections suggest the sector will regain jobs between 2017 and 2020. Companies that have weathered the uncertainty are once again boosting spending, while focusing on leaner, more efficient business models and implementing clean technologies.
China aims to transform its manufacturing sector
New guidelines call for a focus on industries such as information technology, advanced materials and biomedicine, as well as key upgrades to traditional manufacturing, such as smart processes, green manufacturing and safety improvements.
Clean energy opportunities in Uganda and Rwanda
Both have ambitious targets for developing their renewable energy production capacity.
Poland prepares to expand renewable energy production
The country will need imports of equipment and technologies in order to reach the EU target of 15 percent of the energy supply coming from renewable sources by 2020.
The Netherlands' push for sustainable energy
The nation will need to make use of all available sources, including land-based and offshore wind energy, to meet its renewable energy targets.
Green Finance for Green Growth in China
The Chinese government's incentives for green business will lead to growth, and Wisconsin companies seeking to do business in China should consider opportunities in this area.
South Korean Government Boosts "New Energy" Industry
The South Korean government is actively pursuing the “new energy” industry as a core innovation project for the nation’s economic growth. The government plans to reduce greenhouse gas output by 5,500 tons and to grow the new energy industry to be a $100 billion market by 2030. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy launched the Energy Future Strategy Committee and announced in July that a total of $42 billion will be invested in the new energy industry by 2020. The government will focus mainly on growing eight areas: electric automobiles, the megawatt market, energy storage systems, energy independent islands, eco-friendly energy towns, zero-energy buildings, utilization of heat from wastewater from thermal power plants, and solar panel rental services.
A Need for Recycling as India's Plastics Consumption Grows
Plastics is one of the fastest growing industries in India and is playing a vital role in the Indian economy. India is a growing market for plastics, consuming about 12.8 million metric tonnes (MMT) of plastics annually, compared to global consumption of 285 MMT annually. India has about 30,000 processing units (about 75 percent are small-scale) with 113,000 processing machines, creating an annual manufacturing capacity of 30 MMT.
Canada's Growing Recycling Industry
Given the power of recycling to reduce greenhouse gases and energy usage and divert material from landfills, provinces and municipalities across Canada such as the cities of Toronto and Vancouver have developed long-term strategies for reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfills with the ambitious goal of becoming zero-waste communities.
Australia Invests in Smart Cities and Suburbs
The majority of Australia’s 24-million-plus population lives in its cities, which are responsible for more than 80 percent of national economic output. However, the rise of knowledge-based industries and a growing population present both opportunities and challenges for Australia’s metropolitan and regional city administrators. Consequently, there is a growing need for improved infrastructure, intelligent transport systems and cities that can operate in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
Argentina Allows Tariff-Free Imports to Support Renewable Energy
Argentine President Mauricio Macri has introduced a new, long-term plan to increase production of renewable energy and attract new investment in the sector. The aim is to increase renewable energy output to 8 percent of total energy output by the end of 2017, from the current figure sitting at less than 2 percent. The government plans to further extend this development, hoping to generate 10,000 MW (20 percent of total output) by 2025. In pursuit of these targets, an auction was held in May 2016 as part of a program called RenovAR, in which companies could bid on contracts to produce 1,000 MW of power. A bid of $400 million has already been submitted by Pampa Energia, with the winning bidders set to be announced on Sept. 28.
Czech Republic: Opportunities in Water and Sewer Modernization
Sewage, drinking water, flood and drought: Czech water management is facing great challenges, and is preparing for major investments to meet those challenges. The European Cohesion Fund will provide around $860 million to improve Czech water infrastructure over the next five years. Water and sewage treatment plant operators may apply for subsidies. Furthermore, in order to mitigate droughts, large water storage tanks are being built.
Germany's Bustling Trade Show Scene
The world’s top location for trade shows, Germany hosts about 150 international trade fairs a year, attracting up to 170,000 exhibitors and up to 10 million visitors annually. These visitors and exhibitors spend $13.4 billion annually, boosting economic output by $26.2 billion.
Biomass Power on the Rise in Japan
Introduction of biomass power generation, with biological gas power generation as the principal method, is increasing in Japan, accompanying promotion of a feed-in tariff system by the government. Presently, it is expected that the amount of energy generated annually from biomass will increase from 17.6 billion kWh in 2013 to 49 billion kWh in 2030.
Waste-to-Energy Technologies Hold Promise in India
India produces around 62 million metric tons (MMT) of solid waste every year, out of which 7.9 MMT is hazardous waste, 5.6 MMT is plastic waste, 1.5 MMT is e-waste, 0.17 MMT is biomedical waste and the balance of 46.83 MMT is contributed by various other types of waste.
Ontario Launches Climate Change Action Plan
Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan is a five-year plan that will help the Canadian province fight climate change over the long term. The plan aims to provide up to $8.3 billion in subsidies and incentives to businesses and homeowners through a range of programs encouraging individuals and businesses to switch to more energy-efficient heating systems, choose electric or hybrid cars, convert trucks to natural gas, add bio-fuel to gasoline, and helping the agricultural and industrial sectors adapt to low-carbon technologies.
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Challenges and Opportunities in Panama's Energy Sector
Panama is the fastest growing and most dynamic economy in Latin America, with GDP growth of 6.0 percent in 2015 and estimated 6.3 percent in 2016. With a population of 3.9 million, a GDP of $46.2 billion in 2014, and a diversified economy based on a well-developed service sector (the Panama Canal, logistics services, banking, free trade zones, insurance, container ports, tourism, etc.), the country has maintained sustained economic growth, averaging 8.2 per year over the past decade. All of this growth has become a challenge for the energy sector by demanding more electricity and new energy sources.
Bicycle Ownership Set to Overtake Cars in Japan
Based on the Japanese attitude favoring healthy living and environmental awareness, as well as the events of the 2011 Japan earthquake, awareness of cycling as an effective means of transport is growing. More people are using bicycles, and the number of bicycles owned in Japan is on the rise. That total was 71.9 million in 2014, a number approaching that for automobile ownership, which sits at 76.7 million.
Renewable Energy Poised for Growth in Brazil
Despite the economic difficulties Brazil is facing due to a political crisis, forecasts for the energy sector are optimistic. According to the Brazilian Electrical Energy Agency, investments in this segment for the next four years are expected to amount to about $13 billion.
Argentina Focuses on Renewable Energy
Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s energy agenda, Plan RenovAr, as well as a recent new law, stipulates that 8 percent of the nation’s energy grid must be supplied by renewable sources by the end of 2017, and 20 percent, or 10,000 megawatts, by 2025. Currently, renewable energy accounts for only 1.8 percent of power consumption. Thus, massive investment will be required in the Argentine energy sector to meet rising demand and diversify the country’s energy matrix. The new law offers fiscal benefits for investors in renewable energy and promises the creation of a trust fund to provide payment guarantees and project financing.
Public and Private Support Align to Grow South Korea's Water Sector
The South Korean government is focusing on developing the country’s water sector, with support for this development coming from the chemicals sector. The water purification subsector is growing especially fast, with support from both the government and the chemicals sector.
Hannover Messe Forges New Ties for Wisconsin Companies
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Brazil's Green Building Boom
In August of this year, the city of São Paulo, Brazil, will host the seventh Green Building Brazil International Conference & Expo, the leading sustainable construction event in Brazil and one of the leading events in its category in the world.
Netherlands' Focus Aligns with Wisconsin's at Hannover Messe
“Global Challenges, Smart Solutions” is the theme of the Netherlands delegation at Hannover Messe 2016. Dutch technology companies will show their pragmatic, inventive and strong interdisciplinary approach and their international cooperation toward solving challenges in water technology, energy, health care and food production.
Mexico Tackles Waste Management and Environmental Impact
The Clean Industry Program was launched in Mexico in 1992; this program is one of the Mexican government’s pillars of enforcement strategy, along with inspections and citizen complaints. Companies volunteering to join the program pay for an environmental audit by an accredited third-party inspector. The audits assess both plants’ compliance with relevant environmental regulations and their adherence to international environmental management best practices not covered by regulations.
Costa Rica Allows Consumers to Return Renewable Energy to the Grid
Under Costa Rica’s new distributed generation program, homes and companies can generate electricity using solar, hydro, biomass or wind. The pricing model for net metering, which will enable homes and businesses that generate their own electricity to store surplus in the grid, took effect in April 2016.
China Boosts Support for Green Building and Consumption
Ten Chinese ministries including the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environment Protection and the Ministry of Commerce recently issued joint guidelines on promoting green consumption, aiming to encourage green consumption, protect the environment and boost sustainable development.
Canada Prepares to Spend on Infrastructure
Canada’s government has pledged to spend $125 billion over the next 10 years in an effort to boost the country’s economy. A portion of this budget includes a two-phase infrastructure spending program that is expected to boost Canada’s GDP by 0.2 percent in 2016 and 0.4 percent in 2017.
Highlights of India's 2016-17 Budget
India’s finance minister unveiled the national budget for fiscal year 2016-17 last month, calling for total expenditures of $295 billion—$82 billion in planned expenditures and $213 billion in unplanned expenditures. Find key highlights in this post.