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Clean tech has lots of potential, and potential hurdles: Analytica

Part of the problem is federal regulations preventing investment in companies not yet profitable.


OTTAWA — Despite tremendous potential, Canada’s clean technology sector is bleeding money and losing market share to its international rivals, says a report by Analytica Advisors.

In a 2011 report, Ottawa-based company that monitors clean technology established three possible scenarios for industry growth, the best of which showed the sector hitting $50 billion in revenues by 2022.

But growth has been closer to the slowest of three scenarios, with revenues now likely to be closer to $18 billion by 2022.

Analytica president Celine Bak says part of the problem is that federal regulations prevent private investors from providing capital to companies that are ready to start manufacturing, but not yet profitable.

She says Canada’s regulatory system needs to be modernized so lenders can take into account the carbon footprint of investments in risk assessments, which would make clean technology more attractive.

The report also says Canada needs to rapidly phase out fossil fuels and immediately move to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.

The clean technology industry directly employed about 55,200 people in 2015, across 850 firms, up from 729 firms and 38,800 employees in 2011.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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