British Columbia’s vast resources and reputation for innovation make it a natural global hub for clean technology and sustainable energy. Industry leaders and governments from around the world must agree, as they have converged en masse in Vancouver for this week’s GLOBE conference and trade fair.
The GLOBE 2012 trade show features a 30-person-strong delegation from China. The country’s impressive exhibit marks China’s first major presence at GLOBE and is aimed at building new business relationships and showcasing the country’s environmental products in the North American market. With British Columbia’s strong cultural ties to the Asia-Pacific region and location on the west coast of Canada, it is the ideal place for Chinese companies to forge strategic partnerships.
China and British Columbia are already collaborating on many clean tech fronts. In today’s GLOBE session on Sustained Growth and Sustainability, the University of British Columbia’s Pierre Ouillet noted that his institution is working with one of China’s largest property developers, Modern Green, to build a green residential complex. Collaborations like these have helped the university significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions since GLOBE 2010. Ouillet explained that British Columbia’s business environment, with low taxes, smart regulations, and a government that actively encourages investment, provides the conditions required for sustainable success.
Many more clean technology leaders, including Austria, Britain, Dubai, Japan and Germany are joining China in pursuing opportunities in British Columbia at GLOBE 2012.
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