Cary, NC – The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) has announced Simon Hansen, Director of Regions, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group(C40), as the keynote speaker for their Annual Meeting taking place on Wednesday, September 7 from 11:00 – 1:30 pm.
The cleantech cluster has attracted more than $1.3B in cleantech investment and created nearly 11,000 jobs since 2009. This year’s Annual Meeting marks the 4th anniversary for RTCC and will highlight accomplishments over the past year and new initiatives for the organization to accelerate innovation and growth for the region’s 350+ cleantech companies over the next 2 years.
International connectivity is a key benefit of RTCC, which is the only US-based cluster member of the International Cleantech Network (ICN). In 2015, as a result of an introduction by RTCC, global research leader RTI International joined the City Solutions Platform, a joint initiative between the Danish cleantech cluster CLEAN, and the International Cleantech Network (ICN) as a way to support early engagement between cities and industry to accelerate deployment of climate solutions through facilitated co-creation of activities.
C40 was established by the Mayor Ken Livingston of London 10 years ago to provide a framework for cities, led by mayors from 40 cities, to identify their climate change challenges, exchange best practices and create solutions. Working across multiple sector and issues, C40 convenes networks that provide a range of services to help cities replicate, improve and accelerate climate action. C40 has 17 networks organized under 6 initiative areas covering the mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability of highest priority to C40 cities and with the potential for greatest climate impact.
Today, C40 is an initiative of 86 global megacities. Hansen will share best practices, case studies from their work on climate change as well as the potential to engage with the private sector. Specific outcomes of city-city exchange include increased building energy efficiency in London, smart roofs in Washington, D.C., and the C40 Clean Bus Declaration to support city ambitions to decarbonize urban mass transport.
“RTCC is excited about the opportunity to host Simon Hansen here in the Region. Sustainability and smart growth is a top priority for the Region’s businesses and government leaders and we are excited to get a closer look at what cities are doing across the world to address issues from transportation, water, waste and energy,” said Jenn Bosser, RTCC’s executive director.
By 2025, the estimated market potential for the cleantech sector is estimated to reach $4.8 trillion, due to the global need for technologies that can deliver clean, efficient sources of energy, alternative modes of transportation, and adequate clean water. Climate change brings both challenges and opportunities for the planet’s megacities and the best way to leverage both will be shared at RTCC’s Annual Meeting.
RTCC’s Annual Meeting is estimated to attract 125 executives representing the cleantech industry, academia and government. Sponsors of RTCC’s Annual Meeting include ABB, ElectriCities, Duke Energy, FREEDM System’s Center, G&S Communications, Hoffman Building Technologies, NC Electric Membership Corporation, Regional Transportation Alliance, Triangle J Council of Governments and Wake County Economic Development.
Individual tickets are available starting at $50 or tables of 10 for $550. Click here to learn more or to register.
RTCC was established in 2012 as a public-private partnership to accelerate the growth of the Research Triangle’s cleantech economy by bringing together government, academia, and industry leaders. RTCC focuses its work in four strategic areas: talent attraction and development, business growth and marketing, community and industry engagement, and membership development. The Research Triangle region is home to more than 350 cleantech companies.
RTCC introduced a new membership model last year and has grown its membership from 28 companies to 50. With this growth in membership, RTCC has developed a variety of initiatives to further accelerate the region’s cleantech economy.
C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.
For more information about C40, visit http://www.c40.org/about