New Zealand’s most inventive cleantech companies
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?