GLOBAL CALL FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN CLEANTECH AND SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT

Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of our time: Its adverse effects require the rapid reduction of existing emission levels as well as the prevention of further emissions growth in rapidly developing regions. Only a combination of both approaches will allow us to achieve the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. New technologies do not only play a significant role for climate change mitigation and adaptation, they also offer opportunities for more sustainable ways of development. Investments in these technologies and their application in developing countries and economies in transition will be a catalyzer for the achievement of the SDGs. An important pathway to limit climate change lies in the transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon. Another pathway lies in sustainable land management, offering potential to reduce emissions, sequester carbon and increase resilience. Constant innovation and new technologies in cleantech and sustainable land management are urgently needed.

The Global Call is aimed at identifying “innovative solutions in cleantech and sustainable land management”. Its objective is to identify readily deployable and scalable solutions to address the adverse effects of climate change and ultimately contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic development.

Initiated by the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Germany in close collaboration with a leading German Think Tank, Future Cleantech Architects (FCA), the Global Call is being implemented by UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion (ITP) Network with its nine ITPOs around the world and in collaboration with other UN organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Applications must be received between 1 July and 2 August 2021 via an online form. The registration link will published on 1 July 2021 on this website.  

The Award Ceremony will be held as hybrid event in Remscheid, Germany and via a live stream on 26 October 2021.

For any clarification or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us:

globalcall2021@fcaarchitects.org 

  • Objective of the Contest
  • Admissible Candidates/ Submission of Applications
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • The Jury
  • Reward and Award Ceremony
    • The Global Call has the objective to identify and promote innovative technologies from the private sector in cleantech and sustainable land management, to address the adverse effects of climate change and ultimately contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic development.
    • Priority will be given to applications from the following strategic categories, including solutions for:

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    Read more about the definition of the 4 categories here.

    • The Global Call seeks to identify solutions that have the potential to be scaled and have a significant impact. The award will strengthen the international fight against climate change through the promotion of innovative technologies in cleantech and sustainable land management.
    • The winners will be given the opportunity to present their innovative solution to a large audience during the Global Call award ceremony and will benefit from ad hoc promotional and networking support provided by the organization.
  • The call is addressed to private sector entities (Micro, small, medium, and large companies & startups) in line with the above-mentioned categories and below sub-categories:

    1. Technological solutions in the early stage (technologies at an advanced stage of R&D ready for implementation, these solutions have verified data from testing)
    2. Technological solutions in the growth stage (solutions that have already been piloted with verified data at a replicable scale and that have a demonstrated Proof Of Concept (POC))
    3. Mature technological solutions (technologies that are demonstrably established on the market and are aiming at the expansion to new markets)

    Each candidate can submit a maximum of two applications. A larger submission of proposals would lead to the exclusion of extra applications based on the order in which they are received.

    Regard is to be given to submissions of women-led/owned businesses or companies offering products and services benefiting women and youth, considering that women are disproportionately affected by climate change. 

    During the submission phase, applicants are asked to provide personal and non-personal information. This information is collected only with the user’s knowledge and permission, and it is kept in the JotForm Inc. websites, outside UNIDO systems. Personal data will only be used by UNIDO and FCA for the following purposes: internal audit, sending communications by email about the Global Call initiative, sending promotional e-newsletter about UNIDO and ITPO Network future initiatives (only if the user accepted through the specific field in the form). Personal and non-personal data will not be made available to third parties without previous authorization of the applicant except for the review of the application by the jury members.

    Participation in the competition is free of charge.

  • Proposals are required to meet a set of minimum eligibility criteria to be able to be considered for evaluation. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

    a) In case of early-stage proposals, the applicant should submit a clear timeline of activities up to finalization of the proposal, and effectively be available and achievable within a time frame.

    b) Each individual submission should clearly state the focus area by selecting the most applicable category in the application form.

    c) The description of the intervention should not be written in a promotional tone, but use neutral, factual language.

  • The eligible proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    a) Innovative content of the proposal (30% of weighted vote)

    b) Potential contribution to international climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and environmental sustainability (25% of weighted vote)

    c) Proven applicability, scalability and possibility of expansion to different geographical and socioeconomic contexts (20% of weighted vote)

    d) Economic and social long-term sustainability (15% of weighted vote)

    e) Expected occupational return (job creation and income generation potential) (10% of weighted vote)

  • The jury will conduct the evaluation and rating of applications according to eligibility and technical criteria, and the ultimate selection of the best innovative technologies and ideas in the context of this competition. The jury is to be comprised of independent experts in the areas of cleantech and sustainable land management from UNIDO, UNFCCC, UNCCD, potential partner organizations and their respective networks.

  • The Global Call aims to garner visibility for the winning solutions and to facilitate matchmaking opportunities for the successful applicants. These might range from opportunities to showcase their solutions in an exhibition-format to potential customers to pitching their ideas to potential investors/donors. 

    The winning applicants will be offered the following services:

    1. The opportunity to present their innovative ideas and technologies as guests of honor directly to a multi-stakeholder audience present at the award ceremony (to be held in a hybrid format on 26 October 2021).
    2. Advisory and marketing support concerning the awarded project by ITPO Germany and the wider UNIDO ITP Network
    3. Possible showcase during a virtual side event at the COP 26, to be held from 1-12 November 2021 in the UK.
    4. Possible showcase of winning proposals at the AGRITECHNICA trade fair (the largest machinery and technology exhibition for the agriculture industry in the world), to be held from 27 February – 5 March 2022 in Germany. 
    5. An international award certificate from UNIDO
    6. Possibility of a news article on the UNIDO website / a brochure dedicated to the winning innovative ideas and / or technologies.