Basque companies and the Basque Government set up the Basque Ecodesign Center, an innovation hub
The objective of this initiative is to convert the Basque Country into an advanced region and a reference point within the European Union in terms of eco-design and to strengthen the competitiveness of Basque companies via the acquisition and application of cutting-edge knowledge within this discipline.
An innovation hub, the Basque Ecodesign Center is the first of its nature in southern Europe. It is composed of the companies CIE Automotive, Fagor, Gamesa, Iberdrola, Ormazabal and Vicinay Cadenas, along with the Basque Government represented by Ihobe.
Today, in Bilbao, six Basque companies, leaders within their sectors, along with the publicly-owned company Ihobe, set up the Basque Ecodesign Center, an innovation hub focusing on this discipline and the first of its kind to be established in southern Europe.
The act of incorporation, presided over by the Basque Minister for the Environment, Pilar Unzalu, took place during the celebration of the 2011 Ecodesign Meeting.
"The constitution of this hub for innovation is the fruit of more than a decade of work carried out by Basque companies , with the support of the Basque Government, within the field of eco-design, in order to strengthen their competitiveness and promote eco-innovation throughout the entire life cycle of a product", Ms Unzalu affirmed.
The minister indicated that the Basque Ecodesign Center will make a decisive contribution to converting the Basque Country into an advanced region and a European reference point in terms of eco-design, via collaboration between companies and centres that will enable the acquisition and application of cutting-edge knowledge in this field.
The activities of the Basque Ecodesign Center are focused on the acquisition and application of the most advanced methodologies within eco-design, thereby enabling companies to innovate in terms of their products and adopt strategic decisions that strengthen their competitiveness. Via its activities, the innovation hub, known as the Basque Ecodesign Center, will contribute towards the creation of employment.