Switzerland-Canada summit for cleantech innovation

Switzerland-Canada summit for cleantech innovation

Bern and Ottawa want to strengthen economic and scientific cooperation in the field of "clean technologies" and will talk about it on March 16 and 17

Crasis between the flags of Canada and the Swiss Confederation
Crasis between the flags of Canada and the Swiss Confederation

The first Swiss-Canadian summit dedicated to innovation in the cleantech sector, inaugurated by the Swiss side with a recorded video message from Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, will take place online on 16 and 17 March 2022.
Switzerland and Canada intend to strengthen economic and scientific cooperation in the field of so-called "clean technologies".
The aim of the meeting is to better understand how the innovation ecosystems work in the two countries and illustrate the transition from the scientific to the entrepreneurial context.

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Guy Parmelin, Mary Ng and Simon Kennedy top interlocutors

The cleantech innovation summit will be held in virtual form and will be jointly inaugurated by Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research (EAER), Mary Ng, Canadian Minister for International Trade, Export Promotion , small business and economic development, and Simon Kennedy, Canada's deputy minister for innovation, science and economic development.
For Switzerland, the State Secretaries Martina Hirayama (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI) and Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO) will also participate.

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The logotype of the Swiss-Canadian Cleantech Innovation Summit
The logotype of the Swiss-Canadian Cleantech Innovation Summit

Swiss leadership in the field of "sustainable technology"

For the Swiss Confederation, the cleantech sector is of great strategic importance.
In order to decarbonise the economy and fight climate change, it is indeed necessary to make progress in the field of clean technologies, in particular as regards energy.
In this regard, Switzerland ranks first in the world: for years the cleantech sector has recorded above-average growth, with value creation approaching 5 percent of gross domestic product.
Around 30 cleantech start-ups are founded in the Swiss country every year, especially in Zurich and Lausanne, the cities that host the two Federal Polytechnics.
Clean technologies can be used in many activities, for example to produce hydroelectric energy, for sustainable mobility, for photovoltaic systems or the processing of materials.
During the meeting many of these issues will be explored.

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The key visual of the Swiss-Canadian Cleantech Innovation Summit
The key visual of the Swiss-Canadian Cleantech Innovation Summit

Event link: Swiss-Canadian Cleantech Innovation Summit