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NEIA exploring clean technology and green economy opportunities in Western Newfoundland at workshop in Corner Brook

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2019

(ST. JOHN’S, NL) – On February 28th, 2019 the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is hosting CleanTechWest, a workshop exploring clean technology and green technology business opportunities specific to the west coast of Newfoundland.

“It is estimated that the global market for clean technologies will grow to $2.5 trillion by 2022,” says Kieran Hanley, NEIA’s Executive Director. Hanley says that this growth represents enormous opportunities for the development, application, and export of clean technology products, services, and expertise for the province.

“The intent of this workshop is to learn from one another about opportunities and interests specific to Western Newfoundland, and grow the community of stakeholders interested in sustainable clean economic growth,” says Hanley.

The CleanTechWest workshop focuses on three themes: renewable energy, waste management and value from waste, and the forestry sector. “These are areas where NEIA sees opportunity specific to the region,” says Hanley, pointing to a provincial government commitment to develop a renewable energy plan, emerging ideas and initiatives to address both residential and industrial waste, and the recently released Forestry Sector Work Plan. “Many of the action items from this plan are related to sustainability, climate change, the environment, and clean technology,” notes Hanley, “and we are going to zero in on these actions to see what role industry can play.”

“Western Newfoundland has developed unique environmental research expertise through its academic institutions, and this aligns well with the opportunities that we see,” says Hanley. “We are looking forward to engaging green economy stakeholders at CleanTechWest – from industry, to academia, to government – to share challenges, ideas, and initiatives to see where there may be opportunities for partnership and collaboration.”

More information on the CleanTechWest workshop, and registration details, can be found at http://neia.org/cleantechwest/. NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 200 members. More information can be found at http://www.neia.org.

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Media Contact:
Kieran Hanley
kieran@neia.org

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