Australian cleantech industry tackles the climate crisis
The 2nd annual National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE2020), being held in Brisbane on 3–4 August 2020, will bring together the innovators and investors as well as the suppliers and commercial end users of the technology that will make a difference to climate change.
The development of clean technologies is key to mitigating the impact of climate change, while creating new economic opportunities for our country. Peta Moore, NCTCE2020 Event Director, said: “I, like so many, am filled with horror as I watch the fires destroy so much of our country. While I am one of the lucky people not personally affected by the flames and smoke, it has still been an emotional time, a time of despair and frustration.
“With years spent working in the cleantech sector we know that there are so many incredible organisations, businesses, start-ups and innovators who have developed and implemented cleantech solutions in this country. So as a team of conference organisers, my business, Nectar Creative Communications, is doing what we know how to do best. We are putting on NCTCE2020 and are determined to make a positive impact on this issue by supporting the sector’s growth and commercial implementation.”
NCTCE2020 is a national platform that will bring together all the major players of the cleantech sector to showcase new technology and research, educate and collaborate.
Tiffany Bower, the Program Director, said: “The conversations at the event will encompass energy, water, waste, built environment, transport, agriculture and manufacturing, because these days, projects aren’t just an ‘energy’ project or a ‘water’ project — they are often across all of these sectors. We believe the benefits of this cross-sector collaboration will bring new opportunities, new partnerships, new jobs and new solutions.”
At a time when people are asking “what can be done?”, this national conference will provide an insight into the solutions that exist today or are in the start-up phase ready for investment. Its aim is to bring this community together so that government and business can understand the benefits, and importantly, how to implement the many cleantech solutions available.
One of the key topics will address investment opportunities and access to funding. “Many people don’t realise there are government agencies at all levels already doing great work in this area. There is funding available and resources they can access to help build their cleantech innovation and business. Our speaker program aims to spotlight the best-practice case studies, the innovative partnerships and new business models to help delegates navigate their way through the implementation process,” Bower added.
Dr Tim MacTaggart, Chief Deployment Officer, Redflow Sustainable Energy Storage, is a keynote speaker and a member of the 2020 advisory panel for the event. “Cleantech has now moved beyond being a ‘science experiment’; however, to fully realise the transition to a clean economy, we need to build the human infrastructure to support technological innovation. This is where an event like NCTCE2020 comes in; it helps to spread ideas and create the connections which really drive the changes we need to happen,” Dr MacTaggart said.
The event has industry support from Climate-KIC, EnergyLab, Cities Power Partnership, Brisbane’s CitySmart and The Australian Electric Vehicle Association. In addition, it has sponsorship support from Sunshine Coast Council and Brisbane Marketing.
NCTCE is currently seeking expressions of interest from event sponsors and exhibitors who are looking to showcase to this audience of cleantech producers, users and policymakers.
When: 3–4 August
Where: BCEC, Brisbane
Conference tickets will go on sale mid-February — with a limited number of early-bird discounts available.
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