Monday, 7 November 2011

Looking to a cleaner future

Courier Mail
27 Oct 2011, Page: 27

AUSTRALIA'S new era in sustainability will hit the spotlight when clean technology leaders gather on the Sunshine Coast tomorrow for the 2011 Clean Futures Conference. The industry, which employs 25,000 people nationally and grew 32% in 2010, includes businesses involved in renewable energy, water, waste and recycling, construction design and materials and energy efficiency. Sunshine Coast Council, which aims to attract more green firms to the region, is supporting the conference, being held at University of the Sunshine Coast's Innovation Centre.

Speakers include CEO of Sustainable Business Australia, Andrew Petersen, and chairman of Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation Ltd and director of SolarCity New Zealand Barry Leay. Revenues now see the cleantech sector at half the size of the construction industry and growing. Today's conference is backed by council, Regional Development Australia, Department of Employment and Energex.