06 Nov Canada-Italy roundtable on Smart Grid & Smart Cities
On November 5, at Villa Grazioli, Embassy of Canada in Italy, it was held a roundtable on the topic of smart grid & smart cities between Italian and Canadian operators in the sector.
To introduce the work, the institutional greetings of Ambassador Alexandra Bugailiskis and the Delegate for the Government of Québec in Rome, Marianna Simeone, who then left room for the speakers.
The presentation of the Canadian reality in the implementation of smart grids and smart cities was introduced by Mr. Denis Leclerc, president and CEO of Écotech Québec, president of the International Cleantech Network and co-founder of Canada CleanTech, already present in Italy last year for an event on the green economy.
Canada is the 2nd producer of hydroelectricity and the 8th for wind energy capacity, as well as the 4th producer of natural gas. Since the Paris Conference on the fight against climate change (2015), Canada has proven to be a country that produces very high levels of harmful emissions and the Trudeau government has implemented a strategy to tackle difficulties and reduce emissions through clean technologies and innovation, coal price determination, mitigation and adaptation measures. Mr. Leclerc also spoke about CETA, the importance of a partnership in the field of green economy and clean tech innovation because both Canada and Italy are two leading companies and with the spirit of sharing of intent that drives SPA and CETA, they can grow the business of the “green” sector and bring benefits to the climate and the environment.
The event continued with the interventions of Italian representatives of the main companies in the energy sector, Italian research in the energy sector and new mobility systems in Rome. For Enel, Fabio Giammanco on the issue of digitalization of the network, for RSE (Research on the energy system) Michele De Nigris, while to represent Terna and the management of smart grids, Matteo Neri and, finally, Rome Mobility Service with Chiara Di Majo and Andrea Pasotto, who illustrated to the Canadian operators the logistics of mobility in the capital and the new ecological resources implemented.
Following the “Italian” panel, was given space to 12 Canadian companies which have submitted their profile and their specializations: Blackline Safety Corp., Copperleaf Inc., Corinex Communications Corp., Hydro-Québec, Kx Systems, LED Roadway Lighting Ltd., Lowfoot Inc., MyHEAT Inc., Opus One Solutions, SmartCone Technologies Inc., Vizimax Inc., Voltra Technologie.
The second part of the work was opened following a brief networking lunch and saw b2b session protagonists the Canadian companies present previously and other Italian operators taking part in the event.
Écotech Québec is the first cluster on the Québec cleantech and aims to create cohesion and synergy to support the industry in this sector in the full development of its potential and to trace the guidelines of the sector through the mobilization of the main actors of the economy “green” and the promotion of clean technologies.
Écotech Québec to offer quick and concrete advantages to its members, develops tools and activities that meet their needs.
The four main lines of action:
• KNOWLEDGE: increase the knowledge and specialized skills on the needs and trends in national and international sectors
• NETWORKING: increase the size of the networks among the operators in the sector in order to generate more opportunities and partnerships
• POSITIONING: increases the local and international recognition of Québec’s cleantech
• PUBLIC POLICY: Encourage industry leaders to act to accelerate development and facilitate the commercialization of clean technologies in Québec
In collaboration with key players from Québec, Canada, and the world, Écotech Québec contributes to the development of clean technologies in all the regions of Québec.