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WEBINAR: Clean Technology and Environmental Services Sector Growth Plan – Phase 1

November 26, 2019 | Written By: Kieran Hanley

Last month at our Newleef 2019 conference I was supposed to give a presentation introducing/updating the audience on the progress that is being made on the development of a growth strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador’s clean technology and environmental services sector.

As it happened, we were running late on the agenda and it looked like my presentation was going to cut into our social. Being the last man standing between 200 people and a refreshing drink and the networking that comes with that… I thought it best to stand down and find another way to communicate to the masses about our initiative.

Artist’s representation of me being axed from the Newleef agenda

We landed on the idea of a webinar, and so here we are! If you want to cut to the chase, you can scroll down to the video and press ‘play’. But if you want a bit of background as to why we’re doing this, read on!

Why Now?

Since May of this year, NEIA has been working on this initiative.

Why is now the right time for this? Well for one, a number of the province’s key industries have recently published their own growth strategies – presenting our sector with a unique opportunity to see where our expertise aligns directly with industry/economic priorities. In many cases, cleantech is an enabler and can contribute not just to the success and growth of those industries but also the diversification of activities within it.

Second, a number of key relevant processes were either just completed (e.g. NL’s climate change action plan), were well underway (e.g. the Public Utilities Board’s rate mitigation hearings), or were about to begin (e.g. the province’s renewable energy and waste management strategies). These initiatives have (or will) provide excellent insight into the overarching needs that our sector can ultimately satisfy.

Third, with an increasingly intense focus across the economy on subjects relating to sustainability, climate change, clean technology, etc., opportunities for an organization like NEIA to engage in programs/initiatives have rapidly multiplied. It has become something of a challenge for us to get a good sense of what we should be pursuing and what we should be saying ‘no’ to.

What should we do?

So, with reference to all of the above, the question needs to be asked – with great opportunity but finite resources, where should NL be focusing its efforts to have the greatest impact in terms of growing the clean technology and environmental services sector?

In May we asked our partners in the provincial government and ACOA if they would be willing to help us answer these questions. Luckily, our partners were very much interested in this – and we have been very busy ever since.

We have been engaging a variety of stakeholders throughout the process, and – with the intent of reaching the broadest audience possible – I thought that it would be worthwhile to provide an update in a webinar-style format.

Webinar

Having organized many webinars over the years, this was my first as the presenter, so you’ll have to bear with me as I learn the ropes. I don’t know that this video will win any awards, but hopefully it’s not too much of a sleeper!

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas, please drop me a line at kieran@neia.org. You can follow along with this initiative and view all of our materials to-date right here.

I’ll check in again after we complete Phase 2!

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