Investment in clean technology gets green light
Published on 22 November, 2012
CQUniversity was a key representative at the recent ‘How Clean is my Business' discussion which aimed to bring researchers, businesses and industry together to work towards a more sustainable environment.
Hosted by AusIndustry, Enterprise Connect and the Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDC), the event attracted representatives from all over the region to CQUniversity.
John Hodgson (Mackay Sugar), Prof Pierre Viljoen (CQUniversity), Howard Hayes (AusIndustry) and Jeffrey Castellas (Mackay Clean Tech Cluster).As part of the discussion, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement) and Head of Campus at CQUniversity Mackay Professor Pierre Viljoen explained how the University is linking research with industry, its current projects and possible opportunities that external companies can pursue with researchers for a more sustainable community.
Greg O'Connor from Enterprise Connect delivered an overview of how sustainability is becoming increasingly important to businesses of all shapes and sizes.
To build on sustainability, Enterprise Connect's Researchers in Business program was highlighted to participants, with information on how the program can help business access the services of a university researcher.
Jeffrey Castellas, who has worked in consultation with REDC on the Mackay Clean Tech Cluster, said businesses in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions were starting to see the benefits of green projects.
"The Clean Tech Cluster is a networking group for clean technology companies and industry representatives to exchange knowledge and work collaboratively on issues affecting the industry," Mr Castellas said.
"We have currently identified 40 companies who have expressed interest to become part of around 20 projects we have available.
"These can be small or big projects, from the energy reduction project currently being undertaken by Mackay Sugar to smaller projects like energy efficiencies, water and waste treatment or LED lighting."
Jeffrey Castellas (Mackay Clean Tech Cluster), Greg O'Connor (Enterprise Connect). For more information on AusIndustry and Enterprise Connect's programs, visit http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/ ..
Tony Whittred and Melissa Vren.