ISLAMABAD, 16 January 2017 - The five winners of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme Pakistan 2016 have been announced at an award ceremony attended by 250 high-ranking officials and dignitaries, including Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Climate Change.
The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme Pakistan is part of a global programme funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for small and medium-sized enterprises leverages the power of technology innovation to address challenging energy, environmental and economic problems. By enhancing emerging cleantech startups and bolstering the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and policy framework, the GCIP delivers both environmental benefits and economic vitality.
During the third cycle of the GCIP Pakistan in 2016, 82 innovators and startups in Pakistan, focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste-to-energy and green buildings, went through a comprehensive and extensive programme of mentoring, training, access to investors, judging and showcasing opportunities. At the awards ceremony in Islamabad in January, five winners were presented with monetary prizes and the opportunity of a funded visit to attend the Global Cleantech Forum in Silicon Valley, USA, where they will receive further mentorship and training, and will interact with potential global investors.
The overall winner was the SSUETIANS team from Karachi, which developed an innovative technique that reduces the radiation dose released and the energy used during computed tomography CT scans, while also enhacning the quality of images produced.
The three runners-up were: VegA's, which developed a wastewater flow treatment mechanism, based on the use of gravity and eliminating the need for an electricity supply; the Green Team, which developed a technology that coverts municipal solid waste into pellets which can be burnt and used to produce energy; and the HempCo, which developed a way to use hemp as a carbon-negative insulation material for use in building construction.
An award for the most promising women-lead business was presented to a team of biomedical engineers from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, which designed an innovative energy-efficient incubating blanket which can replace the traditional baby incubator.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Federal Minister Zahid Hamid stressed the importance of innovation in clean technology to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change and support sustainable industrial development.
Addressing the participants, Alois Mhlanga, UNIDO Industrial Development Officer and the project manager, highlighted the significance of innovation in clean technologies and noted that, during last three cycles calling for contestants for the awards, GCIP Pakistan had mobilized the public and private sector, along with academia and civil society.
UNIDO’s Representative to Pakistan, Esam Alqararah, shared UNIDO’s vision of energy and environment and highlighted UNIDO’s efforts to promote renewable energy and clean technologies in Pakistan.
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