Global scene for Ecocene

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Ecocene founder Julian Kruger.
Camera IconEcocene founder Julian Kruger.

A Margaret River environmental tech start-up has scored big in an international challenge.

As a result, Ecocene will take part in a carbon capture and storage project in Indonesia.

The company, helmed by Margaret River Climate Action Group chairman Julian Kruger, recently made the finals of the global Deloitte Gravity Challenge, leading to a partnership with the UK’s Hydrographic Office focused on mangrove and seagrass meadows across the nation of islands.

Ecocene’s solution would be built off the back of its environmental data and ecological restoration platform Emapper, Mr Kruger told the Times.

“It’s awesome to have our technologies recognised in a global competition and be given the opportunity to work with the UK Hydrographic Office to map and monitor these critical ecosystems,” he said. “We strongly believe that the restoration economy will be one of the great macrotrends to emerge over the next decade, and that monitoring and evaluating the performance of nature-based solutions for climate change and biodiversity loss will form a critical part of that.”

Mr Kruger said the competition win showed new technology companies need not be hampered by location.

“These types of jobs are portable and able to be serviced from anywhere,” he said.

“Based on this, I feel that there is a great opportunity for the region to establish itself as a hub for sustainable technologies and practice covering areas such as environmental management, regenerative agriculture and low impact tourism.”

The Margaret River-based company includes a team of workers and scientists developing digital monitoring technology for natural solutions to environmental challenges.

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