Date

28 de Marzo 2014

Bogota consolidates its commitment to clean technologies at global forum in Canada

  • Invest in Bogota participates in the Globe 2014 forum to promote investment opportunities offered by Bogota in the cleantech sector.
  • Globe 2014, the most important international forum on business, sustainability and the environment in North America, brings together business leaders, speakers and exhibitors from 58 countries and generates over $ 400 million in business.
  • Juan Gabriel Pérez, CEO of Invest in Bogota, notes that "the cleantech sector is essential to Bogota, since it provides tools to meet the challenges of climate change, helps to reduce pollution levels, improves the quality of life of its citizens and has a significant component of technology transfer."
Bogota consolidates its commitment to clean technologies at global forum in Canada

Globe 2014, the most important international forum on business, sustainability and the environment in North America, is held every two years. This time, it brings together more than 3,000 organizations, 9,000 participants, 400 exhibitors, 650 CEOs and presidents of companies and 157 speakers from 58 countries. With a trajectory spanning 20 years, Globe 2014 promotes meetings between leaders, companies and researchers looking for strategies to achieve sustainability goals and business growth, resource management, alternative energy usage and urban development.

Since it is a multi-sector event, Globe 2014 encourages interaction and alliances among companies in industries facing similar challenges; each event generates over US$ 400 million in business. Therefore, Invest in Bogota executives have the opportunity to meet and promote Bogota to entrepreneurs from different companies with the potential to invest in a sector that is crucial for the city’s sustainable development.

Juan Gabriel Pérez, Director of Invest in Bogota, explains: "Bogota is a great investment for this sector because it offers clear competitive advantages such as a highly-skilled workforce of more than 4 million people, concentrates about 51% of the country’s science, technology and innovation activities and has over 2,000 active research groups."
 
Pérez continues, "The cleantech sector is essential to Bogota as it provides tools for meeting the challenges of climate change, helps to reduce pollution levels, improves the quality of life of its citizens and has a high technology transfer component. It is also a key factor in our commitment to sustainable mobility in public transport where the city is a pioneer."
 
Bogota - recently named third most intelligent city in Latin America by the magazine FastCompany - is in the process of transition to the use of electric buses and has the largest fleet of electric taxis in Latin America.
 
In Colombia, the sector is of particular value for the hydrocarbons industry, which is concentrated in Bogota, a city where 80% of the industry’s deals are closed, since it offers a viable opportunity to take long-term and eco-sustainable advantage of the large amounts of waste materials such as mud, sand and water that are extracted together with the oil in the production processes.