With the UAE aiming to become a global innovation hub, New Zealand is accelerating efforts to bring its world-leading CleanTech solutions to the region. Five breakthrough New Zealand CleanTech companies have been selected to participate in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). New Zealand is one of 10 country delegations participating in ADSW and the companies will feature during the conference running alongside Masdar City’s Innovate Initiative held during the event.
The five New Zealand companies were selected because of their potential to help countries and companies reach their net-zero goals by offering solutions. The companies will present virtually to potential international investors during ADSW from 15-19 January.
Committed to boosting climate innovation, the New Zealand Government recognises the critical role CleanTech plays in achieving a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future. It aims for New Zealand to be among the top 10 countries on the Cleantech Group Innovation Index (CGII) in 2022, up from its current ranking of 22nd. Achieving this will require stronger connections between New Zealand innovators, international investors and multinational corporations, which is why ADSW is seen as an important and strategic opportunity to bolster New Zealand’s CleanTech ecosystem.
Kevin McKenna, New Zealand’s Consul General to Dubai and Northern Emirates and Trade Commissioner to the GCC, said: “As a nation of innovators who care for people and place, New Zealand has a strong vision for a cleaner and greener future. Guided by the indigenous Māori environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga – the inextricable connection and responsibility between people and the natural world - New Zealanders believe we have a duty to leave the world in a better place for future generations. This guiding principle drives our innovation and creativity and sees us combine nature and technology as a force for good. We are very proud of the New Zealand companies selected to join Masdar City’s Innovate Initiative during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. It’s the biggest representation New Zealand has had to date at this important international event and we’re excited to see what the response will be.”