The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) has published its Clean Technology and Environmental Services Directory.
The directory quantifies the capabilities of the province’s private sector and research and development assets relating to clean technology and environment. It is the first step in framing the sector’s innovation ecosystem.
“NEIA set out to produce this directory for three reasons,” said Kieran Hanley, executive director of NEIA. “First, we wanted to provide local decision makers in both the public and private sector with easy-to-access information on the products and services available from local business.”
Hanley said that is important that firms from Newfoundland and Labrador have every opportunity to benefit from local projects and initiatives.
“Second, NEIA will use this directory to create a greater awareness of the sector-at-large and the individual capabilities of those within it throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and target international markets,” said Hanley.
Hanley noted that the interest in and demand for clean technologies and environmental services is rapidly growing worldwide.
“It is estimated that the global market for clean technologies will grow to $2.5 trillion by 2022, up from $1.1 trillion in 2012, and so the development, application, and export of clean technology presents an enormous opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador businesses,” said Hanley.
Hanley said that NEIA has partnerships throughout Canada and in priority international markets that will respond well to the directory – and put it to good use.
“Finally we wanted to create a tool for cleantech innovators to find local resources and partners,” said Hanley.
The directory is intended to connect entrepreneurs, intrapreneurial firms, and researchers with interests in clean technology and the environment.
“While the directory will do much to promote the local products and services readily available, we hope it also contributes to increased collaboration within the clean technology community – which in turn can lead to more economic activity and innovation,” said Hanley.
“This directory will be continuously refined,” said Hanley. “NEIA’s team has worked hard over the past year to identify capabilities throughout the province, but inevitably some will have been missed.”
Hanley said he hopes that the existence of the directory will help flesh out those in the ecosystem with products or services that could be considered clean technologies.
“There’s opportunity for these firms, but to help them we need to know them,” said Hanley.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Clean Technology and Environmental Services Directory can be accessed online where print copies can also be requested.