More than 500 start-ups, from 66 countries, made submissions. Though the Start-up Energy Transition Tech Festival is a German Energy Agency (Dena) initiative, even a casual perusal of literature reveals its’ international character. The General Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) were among the presenters. The list of speakers included representatives from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Hyperloop Technologies. So why didn’t any Canadian clean-tech companies make the top 100?
There has been marked opposition to the proposed Site C dam since the B.C. Public Utilities Commission turned this Peace River project down more than thirty years ago. Dr. Harry Swain, former Chair of the Site C Joint Review Panel, and Richard Bullock, former Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), have become some of the project’s most outspoken critics. Peace Valley Landowner Association President Ken Boon recently informed Canada’s new government of this, when he asked for their help, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to intervene on Site C .
Catherine McKenna, Canada’s new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, has already been in Paris. She met with her international counterparts for three days to discuss key issues prior to the upcoming United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 21). Some of the most interesting comments came from the twitter feed. They started after McKenna tweeted, “Canada is back in the fight against Climate Change.”