CLEANTECH: A Catalyst for Climate Action

CLEANTECH: A Catalyst for Climate Action

ABU DHABI, 5 November 2019 – On the third day of the 18th Session of its General Conference, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized an event on innovative Cleantech solutions, supported by UNIDO and its partners, which showcased their high potential to address environmental challenges, especially as a catalyst for Climate Action and the Clean Energy Transition.

“Innovation and technologies provide solutions for climate protection, mitigation and action, also creating business opportunities for our Member States,” said Tareq Emtairah, Director of the Energy Department of UNIDO.

The importance of strong and synergistic network partnerships to fulfill a Cleantech solution’s full impact potential - from situational analysis and needs assessment to full-scale commercialization and deployment - was discussed, with an emphasis on closing the financing gap typically experienced by Cleantech enterprises and project developers.

The event further highlighted the broader elements of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Energy Transition, with entrepreneurs sharing their experiences in starting and scaling up impactful ideas and products. Financing models for Cleantech and innovative solutions were introduced, with a view of transforming the investment paradigms and approaches currently applied to Cleantech. Concurrently, the CTCN support was presented, as also applied to youth, men and women.

As such, the event concluded that Cleantech technologies are a crucial and catalytic factor in implementing the global vision of a low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable future for all, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, the event deemed very important that economic opportunities embedded in the low-carbon trajectory are leveraged to become profitable business models for climate and energy solutions.

Finally, the event shared insights and recommendations on how the international development community and the private sector could further support climate action and the clean energy transition by promoting the development and deployment of innovative Cleantech solutions.

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For more information, please contact:

Alois Mhlanga

Chief, Climate Technology and Innovations Division, Department of Energy

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