Strong environmental laws in Switzerland encouraged the development of environmental technologies in the country many years ago. In addition, cooperation between government and industry representatives resulted in the creation of progressive laws and policies that are both environmentally responsible and conducive to business as well.
Renewable energy, solar energy, biomass, bio-diesel, bio-gas, water purification, thermal engineering, hydraulics: all future-looking sectors in which the canton of Vaud boasts cutting edge capabilities, both academic and applied. The research and education centres notably at the EPFL (Sciences and Environmental Engineering Section) and the Ecotechnology Section of Vaud School of Business and Engineering (HEIG-VD), produce top-drawer knowledge and specialists.
Numerous Vaud-based companies operating in the power and environmental sectors are affiliated with the Swiss competence networks energie-cluster.ch and ader.ch (renewable energy). The canton of Vaud also has a technology centre specialising in power and the environment: the Orbe Environmental Technology Centre, which focuses mainly on renewable energy.