Following launches in Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, China is the latest country in Asia Pacific to offer Autodesk’s Cleantech Partner Program.
Supporting clean technology innovators who are developing solutions to solve epic challenges effecting the earth, it will provide them with digital prototyping software to design, visualise, and simulate their ideas and get to market faster.
The launch represents a key milestone for the program as China is set to become the fastest growing cleantech market in the next decade.
China’s cleantech market is experiencing huge growth driven by policies laid out in its twelfth five-year plan that stresses innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems.
These include a RMB 5.3 trillion investment in the power industry, as well as plans to lower energy consumption by 16 per cent and CO2 emissions by 17 per cent.
According to The Renewables 2014 Global Status Report in June, 2014 by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), China invested about RMB 349.4 billion on wind, solar and other renewable projects in 2013, which accounted for 61 per cent of the total investment in renewables by developing countries and more than all of Europe.
“China’s rapid economic growth, together with some of the most ambitious cleantech policies, naturally position Autodesk as a partner of choice for pioneering Cleantech companies in China,” said Lynelle Cameron, senior director of sustainability at Autodesk and president and CEO of the Autodesk Foundation. “Through our joint efforts, we look forward to supporting China’s sustainability efforts.”
With partners such as Tesla electric cars and QBotix solar tracking already, it should hopefully go some way to help clean up China’s rather sketchy environmental record.