A new government initiative will create jobs and economic opportunities for British Columbians by supporting made-in-BC companies to develop and sell clean-tech solutions locally, so they can solve industry challenges.
As part of the StrongerBC Economic Plan, the Integrated Marketplace Initiative kicks off with a pilot project that links Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to BC clean-technology companies that can help electrify its operations to meet its net-zero by 2030 commitment and become the world’s greenest airport.
The Government of BC is investing up to $11.5 million to develop the new initiative and create a unique marketplace that matches innovators of clean, made-in-BC technology with industry buyers looking for clean-tech solutions.
This will provide small BC clean-tech companies with a platform to test their innovation on real-world challenges, while BC industry gets help solving challenging business problems. This will result in domestic customers for BC clean-tech companies and proof of concept to support scale up and export of BC innovation.
The Integrated Marketplace Initiative begins with YVR as its initial testbed, to support its goal to transition airfield vehicles, primarily ground-handling equipment, such as baggage tractors, belt loaders and stair trucks, from diesel to electric power.
The Initiative aims to:
The creation of the Integrated Marketplace Initiative is a key action of the StrongerBC Economic Plan, which moves BC forward by tackling the challenges of today, while growing an economy that works for everyone.
Full news release available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022JERI0076-001850
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