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NEIA launches “CleanTechNL” initiative to create greater awareness of clean technology in Newfoundland and Labrador

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017

ST. JOHN’s, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is launching a new initiative to create a greater awareness in Newfoundland and Labrador about the clean technology being developed in the province, and also the growth opportunities it affords businesses.

‘Clean technology’ refers to products, processes, and services that improve on environmental performance in support of sustainable development and clean growth. “Practically speaking, the use of clean technology can mean improving efficiency, reducing wastes, and/or mitigating the environmental risks of business activity,” says Kieran Hanley, NEIA’s Executive Director. “Clean technology is prevalent in all of Newfoundland and Labrador’s key industries, and can contribute to a firm’s productivity and competitiveness in almost any business setting.”

“The development and/or adoption of clean technologies are important components in Canada’s efforts to meet its climate change and environmental objectives,” says Hanley. “There are a variety of supports available enabling businesses to get involved, creating an enormous opportunity for firms in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our CleanTechNL initiative aims to drive a greater awareness of what clean technology actually is, and how we can leverage it towards economic development of our industries and regions.”

NEIA’s initiative will include representatives from the association meeting with business communities throughout the province to discuss opportunities associated with clean technology, a website which will feature the successes of businesses who have developed or adopted clean technologies, and the creation of a directory of clean technology products and services available in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Our CleanTechNL Directory will help connect those seeking to adopt clean technologies within the province with those who can provide it,” says Hanley. Hanley noted that the directory would be provided to procurement officials, engineers, architects, consultants, and others who could incorporate local technologies in to their planning. “There are a wide variety of stakeholders who have a mandate to incorporate clean technologies in to their activities, whether that be for economic or sustainability reasons. We believe the directory will help generate a greater awareness of what is available from our local firms.”

NEIA is currently reaching out to businesses throughout the province to help build the directory. Businesses can self-identify their products and services as being clean technology, and sign up to appear in the directory for free, at www.CleanTechNL.ca.

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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