On Monday 25 January, the Luxembourg Cleantech firm APATEQ - specialist for innovative water and wastewater treatment - was presented with an award at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco as it was named a Global Cleantech 100 company by Cleantech Group™, provider for leading research, events and advisory services for the clean-tech ecosystem.

The Global Cleantech 100 list represents the most innovative and promising ideas in clean technology. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s environmental challenges, Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make the most significant market impact. This list is collated by combining proprietary Cleantech Group research data, with weighted qualitative judgements of a multitude of nominations, and specific inputs from an expert panel, consisting of leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe and North America.

The Global Cleantech 100 provides us with insight into the collective opinion of key market players on which megatrends and innovation companies are most likely to have a significant impact in the next 5-10 years”, said Michele Parad, Senior Manager at Cleantech Group and lead author of the Global Cleantech 100 Report. “Now in its 7th year, the Global Cleantech 100 program reveals which themes are staying relevant and which sectors are taking center stage.”

We are delighted that APATEQ has been selected as one of the 100 most promising clean-tech companies in the world; it clearly proves the momentum we gained. After less than three years from the company foundation, we have been able to serve market leaders in various industries such as oil & gas, maritime and the food industry with our green, innovative one-stop solutions for water and wastewater treatment based on membrane technology”, said APATEQ CEO Bogdan Serban.

This year, a record number of nominations were received: 6,900 distinct companies from 60 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 323 companies. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by the Cleantech Group’s expert panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.