Premier Clark highlights B.C.’s clean tech sector at the 2012 GLOBE Conference


Premier Clark highlights B.C.’s clean tech sector at the 2012 GLOBE Conference

Premier Christy Clark delivered opening remarks at the 2012 GLOBE Conference, highlighting the success of B.C.’s clean tech sector.

“B.C.’s clean technology industry represents world-leading innovations and solutions for industries around the globe,” Premier Clark said. “For British Columbia that means long-term, high-paying jobs in a sector that continues to grow year over year.”

B.C.’s clean tech sector includes 202 companies, provides over 8,400 well-paying jobs and generates more than $2.5 billion in revenues.

“The Green Economy is fundamental to our provincial well-being both economically and environmentally,” said Terry Lake, Minister of Environment. “We are proud of our leadership on climate action, which has spurred innovation in clean technology.”

“British Columbia is the ideal place to foster clean technology commercialization and innovation,” said Jonathan Rhone, CEO of Clean Tech Alliance. “Provincial policies promote clean tech adoption for industries that are demanding solutions to improve competitive advantage. B.C.’s clean tech sector has bright future as an engine of economic growth, investment and job creation.”

The Premier also released a report, B.C.’s Green Economy: Growing Green Jobs, that highlights the clean initiatives that are part of the BC Jobs Plan and demonstrates the unique advantages that have made British Columbia a global leader in sustainable economic development. B.C.’s progressive policies include the Venture Capital Program, B.C. Renaissance Capital Fund and carbon neutral government. Crossing sectors, industries and geography, the report demonstrates clean innovations and green practices in British Columbia.

Clean Tech Success Stories:

  • Ostara’s locally developed water management systems are changing the way cities around the world look at waste. In the past 12 months, Ostara has launched four commercial plants throughout North America and has increased its employees by over 30 per cent.
  • Endurance Wind Power’s wind turbines have caught the attention of markets in Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and here in Canada. Established in 2008, Endurance is a privately held, high-growth company that realized revenues in excess of $25 million in 2011 and is on target to achieve 200 to 300 per cent increases by the end of 2012. Endurance Wind Power is part of the clean tech employment boom and expects to add another 40 employees by the end of the year.
  • Awesense Wireless Inc. has worked with FortisBC to develop portable line-monitoring technology that has helped FortisBC reach their goal of increasing grid efficiency, saving time and money.

The GLOBE Conference and Trade Fair is North America’s largest and longest-running international gathering of senior representatives from the public, private and NGO sectors involved in the business of sustainability, energy and the environment. The opening plenary included an audience of close to 2,000 delegates representing business and environmental leaders from around the world.

The BC Jobs Plan aims to capitalize on this success by positioning our province at the forefront of the clean tech sector. Developing clean tech will help us continue to revolutionize B.C.’s industries, while also creating lucrative exports that growing markets around the world will need. The green economy delivers on B.C.’s economic and environmental goals.

Clean Tech Quick Facts:

  • Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $1.8 billion into research and development.
  • The Province offers three programs to help small business gain access to capital, including:
  • The Venture Capital Program accessed by companies such as Endurance Wind Power.
  • The Innovative Clean Energy Fund.
  • The B.C. Renaissance Fund.
  • B.C. has a supportive environment that includes leadership on climate and energy policy, a favourable business climate and a skilled labour market.
  • B.C.’s proximity to Asia is ideal for clean tech, as in Asia clean tech is in higher demand than ever. China’s market for clean technology is forecast to grow to $1 trillion by 2013.
  • B.C. has a supportive environment that includes leadership on climate and energy policy, a favourable business climate and a skilled labour market.

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