In a recent development reported from San Francisco, a cleantech startup from Pakistan has won the global Clean Technology Innovation Award. Last year, ‘Green Team’ from Pakistan finished as a runner-up. However, this time around, they managed to win the ‘Waste to Energy’ sector with their innovative technology. The team has introduced a way to convert harmful industrial waste into bits of charcoal which can be further converted into carbon free energy.
Global Cleantech Innovation Programme
The competition has been a part of Cleantech week, taking place at the Silicon Valley in San Francisco. The participants included various innovators and startups from different countries such as Pakistan, Morocco, Malaysia, South Africa, India and Turkey. However, Green India Building Systems and Services Private Limited (GIBBS), a startup from India won the ‘Global Cleantech Innovation Award’.
Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) collectively commenced the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP). The program encourages developing startups to create solution to resolve energy, environmental and economic crises using innovative, green products.
The opportunity enables the startups from different countries to build rapport with possible partners, customers and investors from across the globe. The notion is to identify who can support the startups in shaping their creative technologies into developed products in the market. The number of startups selected from Pakistan were as many as 5.
Core Purpose of the Programme
While speaking about the programme, Managing Director of UNIDO, Philippe R. Scholtès stated:
“The continued expansion of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme family affirms and strengthens our vision of building an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for clean technologies around the globe. This will allow the programme to further unite and connect a diverse range of partners to accelerate clean technology ventures, that they may achieve their greatest potential impact. I am confident that our joint efforts will support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, including those that relate to clean energy, inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and innovation”
SSUETIAN from Pakistan won this award last year. In the same go, biomedical engineers from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology had won another award for the most talented women-lead business. They had introduced a technology replacement for the traditional baby incubator in the form of their advanced energy-efficient incubating blanket.