Heading towards a brighter future. That is our aim in the Cleantech Region. The Stedendriehoek municipalities of Apeldoorn, Brummen, Deventer, Epe, Lochem, Voorst and Zutphen are working together with entrepreneurs, education and research towards an energy-neutral, waste-free and sustainable economy and society. Economy and ecology go hand in hand.

Cleantech stands for more with less. More productivity, more jobs and more efficiency. With less energy use, less wasted resources and a less harmful impact on the environment.
Cleantech is our way of life. Not only do we invest in clean technology that contributes to a more sustainable world, Cleantech also represents the way we bolster our business climate, economy and innovation. And how we treat public transport and accessibility, housing and the living environment, and education and the job market. Cleantech is the 'green' thread to piece it all together.

The Cleantech Region

What makes us the Cleantech Region?
Entrepreneurs and citizens in and around the Stedendriehoek region make an above-average contribution to sustainable production and services. In addition, there are many ongoing initiatives to make our region energy-neutral.
Cleantech is therefore definitely a ‘bottom-up' endeavour. We aim to reinforce this with our collaboration in the Cleantech Region. Not just because we want to leave our world a better place for future generations. But also because we are convinced that cleantech stimulates our economy and helps the liveability in our region, now and in the future.

Ambitions Cleantech Region


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Energy-neutral in 2030
We are committed to energy savings, we harness residual heat and generate sustainable energy with the sun, wind, water and soil. Any new initiative in the region is tested against our standards for achieving an energy-neutral region. By 2030, the Cleantech Region aims to be energy-neutral and waste-free.

Reinforcing the living environment with quality
We invest in a sound housing and business climate in our inner cities and town centres. Locations with high vacancy or looming degradation are prioritised. We balance housing, working and facilities. We use cleantech measures for clean and green cities and centres.

Clean traffic and transportation.
A good accessibility to and in our region with clean and sustainable mobility. That is our goal! Widening the A1 motorway, good public transport and a smart spread of regular and commuter traffic: we work towards a clean traffic and transportation system in various ways.

Stimulating innovation and cleantech business
Sustainable and energy-neutral production while minimising waste: that is how we achieve better performance and higher productivity. New applications, products and revenue models in cleantech reinforce our economy. We stimulate innovation and roll out the red carpet for current and new cleantech entrepreneurs.

A good relationship between education and the labour market
In order to fulfil our cleantech ambitions, entrepreneurs are in need of well trained and qualified employees. That is why we are pushing for a sustainable labour market in great synergy with education. We strive to attain the lowest unemployment rate in the Netherlands.

Visible Cleantech Region
We are the Cleantech Region and are recognised as such inside and outside our region.

Cleantech Region: stronger together

Cleantech Region is a partnership and an area.
Two organisations spearhead our Cleantech Region: The Strategic Board Stedendriehoek and the Stedendriehoek region.
A clean future and a strong business climate: that is how we bring prosperity and well-being to our region. These common motivations are what joins together governments, entrepreneurs, education and research bodies in and around the Cleantech Regio.

Strategic Board Stedendriehoek
The board is a partnership between entrepreneurs, educational and research institutions and governments, and it carries out the Cleantech Agenda for:

  • 10 percent less CO2 emissions/less use of fossil fuels by 2020.
  • 33 percent less waste by re-using resources and recycling - to eventually have no waste at all by 2030
  • 4000 extra cleantech (related) jobs

Stedendriehoek-municipalities ‘Wgr’-region
The seven collaborating Stedendriehoek-municipalities of Apeldoorn, Brummen, Deventer, Epe, Lochem, Voorst and Zutphen work from a shared belief that together more can be accomplished.
They are focused on: accessibility, liveability, innovation and social capital. Together, these municipalities carry out The Agenda Stedendriehoek.
The municipalities work together based on the Intermunicipal Statutory Regulations Act (In Dutch: Wgr) and collectively form a Wgr region.

Collective focus: working on behalf of the Environmental agenda.Together with Gelderland province, the Strategic Board Stedendriehoek and the Stedendriehoek-municipalities established the Environmental Agenda Cleantech Region.
From this Environmental agenda, all partners work on joint themes that reinforce and overlap each other. Themes that call for an extra effort by governments, entrepreneurs, education and research. Collective focus is what drives tempo. This process also has us closely working with the Overijssel province.

Open for European cooperation

We are open to explore new opportunities to cooperate with other European cities, regions, businesses and organizations. We want to learn from our partners, share experiences and best practices with other innovative cities and regions and work together in European funded projects on the common goal for a clean future. We offer a fieldlab environment to facilitate innovation and have a hands-on mentality. We translate our ambitions to concrete actions so we can learn by practice. We welcome you to join us to work together on European projects.
We are member of the European networks ERRIN (a.o. energy), ACR + (circular economy) and Climate KIC (climate) and use these networks to exchange ideas, find new partners and start European projects.

Meet our representative in Brussels

If you would like to know more about the Cleantech Region ’s European activities or if you would like to explore opportunities to cooperate in European projects, you can discuss this with our EU representative in Brussels. You can contact us through Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken. or by telephone, +31 55 580 15 55 (ask for EU team ‘Strategie & Regie’).

How do we work?

Cleantech Region furthers the initiatives and ideas of citizens, entrepreneurs, education, research and social organisations. Together, we accelerate our region through a focused and joint pursuit of our ambitions. Tables inspire us.

Cleantech Region Development

Cleantech Region Development is the administrative organisation of the Strategic Board Stedendriehoek for cleantech business cases, energy transition and the labour market. By furthering and connecting ideas, product innovations and partnerships, we accelerate cleantech development in our region.


The Cleantech Region tables serve three purposes:

  • advisory: where are the opportunities, what should we take up?
  • inspiring: bringing together ideas, brainstorming, solving bottlenecks
  • signalling: what relevant (inter)national and regional developments are influencing cleantech and our Cleantech Region?

We have both temporary and structural tables. Table companions include representatives of corporate life, governments, trade associations, social organisations, education. They are the ones who arrange for broad support and capacity in their constituency. Table composition varies per theme.

Tables Strategic Board Stedendriehoek

Four advisory tables that include corporate life, education and governments provide the Strategic Board Stedendriehoek with solicited or unsolicited advice. The tables are composed around the following themes:

  • cleantech business development and innovation
  • energy transition bottom-up
  • profiling and promotion
  • human capital

Tables Stedendriehoek-municipalities

Employers and the government work together in the implementation of measures according to ‘Slim Reizen Stedendriehoek’. The Mobility table guides content and progress:

  • the temporary table ‘vacant farm buildings’ placed vacancy in rural areas back on the map and closed the table by holding a congress.
  • the temporary table ‘housing quality’ published 'Quality programming in the Cleantech Region' in 2016, a useful tool for municipalities.
  • the temporary table 'culture' took inventory of options for venues to collaborate: regional profiling, tuning programmes, a collective marketing strategy, knowledge-sharing