NCTCE to explore crucial role of cleantech in economic recovery
2021’s National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE) will examine the role of cleantech in recovering and growing the Australian economy post COVID, and the nation’s net-zero future goals.
With communities, organisations and governments seeking cleaner, more sustainable and more equitable forms of economic growth, a crucial opportunity exists for cleantech to make an impact.
In its third year, the 2021 NCTCE — themed Cleantech: from disruption to transition — provides a national platform for collaboration, learning and networking between innovators, investors, producers and commercial end users of clean technology.
First-release early bird tickets to the two-day event, scheduled for November in Brisbane, are now available, with Program Director Tiffany Bower announcing the program, featuring confirmed first speakers from Europe, America and around Australia.
“We received an overwhelming response to our call for speakers, as well as securing 30% of bookings for the exhibition stands also,” Bower said. “This reflects not only the growth in this sector but also the innovation that is being nurtured in our research institutions, innovation hubs and regions.
“Cleantech is now being recognised as a source of onshore sustainable economic growth and a powerful tool in the economic recovery, one that aligns strongly with the objectives of the Technology Investment Roadmap released by the Australian Government in 2020, which prioritises low-emissions technologies with potential to deliver the strongest economic and emissions reduction outcomes for Australia,” Bower said.
“As climate-related disasters — from floods to fires — increase, the need for cleantech awareness across Australia and the world increases too.”
Program highlights include an international case study on how the Ruhr Valley region in Germany, once totally reliant on coalmining and the steel industry, has completely phased out of coalmining and into a science-based economy focused on sustainability; and a panel discussion featuring a representative from each Australian state and territory and facilitated by John O’Brien (Financial Advisory Energy Transition & Decarbonisation for Deloitte) discussing the state of cleantech in Australia.
Dedicated breakout streams in the program will also showcase cleantech implementation case studies, new innovations and technology, business growth and investment opportunities.
“Cleantech offers solutions to the big climate challenges and the pandemic economic recovery — there’s simply no better time to act than now,” Bower said.
“Cross-sector collaboration is key to leveraging new opportunities, new partnerships, new jobs and new solutions, driving the cleantech industry and the Australian economy forward in a way that will support the shift to more resilient communities.
“Our program and the corresponding exhibition attempt to be a conduit for this collaboration and cover all sectors including water, energy, waste, transport, agriculture, manufacturing and the built environment.”
The two-day hybrid event will be held both in-person and live-streamed from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre to support global attendance and COVIDSafe options.
What: National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition
When: 1–2 November 2021
Where: Online or Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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