Surrey is leading the clean technology revolution

Surrey Leader | Steph Troughton 

Clean technology may not yet be widely recognized, but the municipality of Surrey is already embracing the concept.

That’s according to Foresight Clean Tech Accelerator Centre Managing Director Neil Huff who, when looking to relocate his facility, did not have to look very far.

“Surrey was very pro-active about getting us to come here. They made sure it was easy for us to make the transition,” he says.

Clean technology is defined as products, processes or services that reduce waste and require the use or extraction of as few non-renewable resources as possible.

A 2014 survey conducted by Cleantech Canada showed 55 per cent of those interviewed said cost savings or efficiencies were the top motivators when considering clean technology investments. Competitive positioning ranked 31 per cent on the same motivational list.

Established two years ago, the centre, a Canadian not-for-profit company devoted to early-stage clean technology innovators, has already helped 25 companies locate in B.C. and Quebec.

Huff says his centre, which collaborates with the B.C. government, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), BCIC, universities, and the private sector, provides clean technology businesses with guidance, training and funding to accelerate their growth and product commercialization activities.

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