Clean tech conference on Coast

THE Queensland 2011 Clean Futures Conference is set to bring together entrepreneurs, experts and advisors from across Australia and overseas in a full-day, "building your bottom line" opportunity that opens the doors on the global clean technology industry.

Clean technology (cleantech) companies enjoyed an average revenue growth of 31.4% in 2010 with capital investment also reaching new highs, according to the 2011 Australian Cleantech Review. A local group, Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast, was recently established to help drive supply chain and promotional opportunities.

Cleantech industry sub-sectors include renewable energy, water, waste and recycling, construction design and materials, and energy efficiency.

The conference will be held on the Sunshine Coast in October and feature an intensive program of international industry leaders and cleantech authorities from across Australia.

The keynote speaker is renewable energy developer Barrie Leay. He is the founding chairman of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Business Network, chairman of Aquaflow and director of SolarCity New Zealand Limited.

New to the program are the Cleantech Strategy Sessions, a "how to" series that explains business growth opportunities within specific sectors. Each strategy session will provide practical advice from industry experts in areas such as mining, digital technologies and exporting.

The conference will close with the Cleantech Business Showcase, an exhibition that offers every Queensland business the opportunity to learn how to reduce costs by adopting environmental technologies.

The Conference will be held at the Innovation Centre on October 28 from 8.45am to 6.30pm.

Some Cleantech Facts (from 2011 Australian Cleantech Review):
• Australia's cleantech industry employs 25,000 people across the country.
• Australian cleantech company average revenue grew by 31.4% in 2010.
• Revenues now see the cleantech sector in Australia at half the size of the construction industry and growing.
• The final quarter in 2010 saw the highest recorded global financial investment go to renewable energy.
 



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