Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity

New Zealand’s most in­ven­tive clean­tech com­pa­nies

Element - - Contents - By Andy Ken­mor­thy

T ap­ping into the rapid growth of the clean­tech sec­tor is one of the most pow­er­ful ways we can do the right thing by both our planet and our GDP, and New Zealand is well placed to take full ad­van­tage of the ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that are pop­ping up all over.

Clean­tech is now very big busi­ness. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port from New Zealand’s Pure Ad­van­tage busi­ness group, $250 bil­lion a year is be­ing in­vested in clean tech­nol­ogy around the world - more than the world in­vests in fos­sil-fuel and nu­clear power com­bined.

The multi-bil­lion dol­lar ques­tions for New Zealand are: how can we get our slice of the ac­tion, and to what ex­tent can we truly rely on clean, green tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate a more pros­per­ous fu­ture for this coun­try?

A re­cent joint re­port from WWF and global re­searchers the Clean­tech Group listed the top 38 coun­tries around the world in terms of their abil­ity to seed new start-up com­pa­nies in this sec­tor. Den­mark, Is­rael and Swe­den lead the way, with Turkey, Saudi Ara­bia and Rus­sia at the bot­tom of the chart. New Zealand doesn’t rate a men­tion. So clearly we have more work to do.

But where are we at?

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