Clean Business Award

Kapiti entries sought for enviro technology competition

By Alan Tristram

A new award recognising technology that has minimal impact on the environment will be presented at this year’s Electra Business Awards.

The ‘Clean Technology Most Promising’ award has been added to three existing categories – Excellence, Achievement and Customer Choice, says Cr Tony Lester.

‘The way of the future’

“Having clean technology included in the industry awards shows that people realise it’s the way of the future and not just the latest fad,” says Cr Lester, who is a Clean Technology Trust member.

Locally, a number of businesses are developing products which use renewable materials and produce fewer carbon emissions and waste at the Clean Technology Centre in Ōtaki.

“It’s great to have these companies onboard, but we want more people to come out of the woodwork and show us what they’ve been doing,” says another Clean Technology Trust member, Stuart Pritchard.

“The more companies we have up here developing clean technologies, the better it will be in terms of job opportunities and encouraging economic growth in the district.”

KCDC money for clean tech

Last year, Council approved a $1.5 million loan over nine years to help the Clean Technology Trust with set-up and development costs, as well as funding innovative projects in partnership with agencies such as the Ministry of Science & Innovation.

Entries for the Electra Business Awards close on 10 June and the awards will be presented at a function in November.