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SAN FRANCISCO, 9 February 2017 – Clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs from seven countries, namely India, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey were today honoured at the 2017 Cleantech Week in San Francisco.
The Cleantech Week, hosted by the Cleantech Open (CTO), is a confluence of the cleantech industry and climate movement that aims to create new business opportunities by cultivating partnerships within the cleantech innovation space.
This was part of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for small- and medium-sized enterprises and top entrepreneurs from the U.S. and around the world to celebrate the progress, achievements and successes of clean technology innovation.
The GCIP is a joint initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and is conducted in partnership with CTO. It takes a competition and accelerator approach to select the best cleantech entrepreneurs across seven countries and support them in developing their innovative technologies into full-fledged market-ready products. Selected startups in each country participate in a rigorous and competitive national acceleration programme that trains, mentors, promotes, and connects them to potential investors, customers and partners.
This year’s Global Cleantech Innovation Award winner, Green India Building Systems and Services Private Limited (GIBBS) of India, has developed a geothermal heat exchange air-conditioning system that brings up to 60% energy savings and 100% water savings compared to conventional building cooling systems.
Two runner-up teams were Eko-Geste of Morocco with an integrated platform solution for household waste collection and recycling, and Baoberry of South Africa with a nature-based, ecologically engineered water-purifying solution.
Global category award winners were: iCEE from Malaysia and Atomberg Technologies of India in the energy efficiency category, Green Team from Pakistan in the waste-to-energy category, and Thevia from South Africa in the green building category.
The 2016 GCIP national winners, including Neutrinos of Malaysia, SSUETIANS of Pakistan, and NG Biotech of Turkey, also presented their innovative solutions to investors and the business community.
Philippe R. Scholtès, UNIDO Managing Director, who congratulated the participants via a video message, said: “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.”
The 2016 GCIP accelerator cycles conducted in the seven countries received a total of 1,261 applicants, and 236 semifinalist teams participated in the accelerators.
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UNIDO Senior Porgramme Management Expert
UNIDO Industrial Development Officer
THE great peatlands of Southeast Asia are incalculably valuable, both within the region and to all humanity. Not only are they highly biodiverse, they play a crucial role in world climate regulation, storing an estimated 120 billion tonnes of carbon — roughly five per cent of all the carbon in Earth’s near-surface. Covering about eight per cent of Malaysia, peatlands have enormous local economic, ecological and hydrological value as well, providing timber and non-timber forest products, regulating and purifying water supplies, controlling floods and offering many other benefits on which our well-being depends. In efforts to improve socio-economic conditions, Malaysia and many other neighbours have converted peatlands and other types of forest to plantations, sometimes burning biomass to clear or prepare the land. Alarmingly, these fires now cause up to 90 per cent of the haze that plagues health at a regional level, releasing three to six times more unhealthy airborne particulate matter than fires on other types of soil. Since the early 1980s, haze has reached menacing levels many times, the 1997 episode remembered as one of the worst ever, prolonged by dry weather and aggravated by emissions from vehicles, industries and the open burning of waste. A 10-day emergency was declared in Sarawak when the Air Pollutant Index topped 500 — far exceeding the “unhealthy” threshold (101 to 200 range), and well beyond even the “hazardous” 300 breakpoint. The three-month episode of 1997 caused huge direct regional economic losses, conservatively estimated at US$9 billion (RM39.6 billion). And, the cost to human health and biodiversity, if they could be quantified, would likely represent even more staggering sums. In response, Malaysia introduced many local reforms, including regulatory measures to prevent open burning, with high penalties for noncompliance. The 1997 haze also served as a wake-up call for the region, with countries teaming up through Asean to create an Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, adopted in 2002, and since ratified by 10 countries, most recently Indonesia in January 2015. Parties to the agreement meet at least once a year. A Coordinating Centre for Transboundary Haze Pollution Control was created, with an associated fund to facilitate rapid action during episodes. Based in Singapore, an Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre supports tracking of hotspots and haze movements, and monitor regional weather.Aregion-wide Fire Danger Rating System helps guide and monitor atmospheric and ground conditions. Asean’s Peatland Management Strategy to 2020 was translated by Malaysia into a National Action Plan on Peatlands, launched on the United Nation’s International Day for Biodiversity, 2011. And, I laud these major strides and success stories. However, the region continues to endure serious haze episodes, the latest lasting from June to October 2015. Reports suggest that the 2015 haze cost Indonesia alone around US$16 billion in losses — double the damage and losses inflicted by the 2004 tsunami. As the science adviser to the prime minister, as well as chair of the National Professors Council (MPN), I have given the haze issue a lot of attention. Last year, the Haze Task Force of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia outlined several recommendations in a paper that also incorporated the outcomes of a meeting between the MPN and Indonesian academicians, held in Pekanbaru in November 2015. The recommendations include: Rather than burning the biomass cleared during replanting and land preparation operations, industry and researchers should cooperate to find productive ways to use it, supplementing farmers’ incomes in the process; The Asean peatland management strategy should be translated into national plans and implemented with a complementary resource mobilisation plan. Simply put, a good plan without resources will not work; The destruction of biodiversity, the production of haze and related environment problems are both a security and environmental issue. Enforcement of all domestic laws and regulations to control fires must be strictly enforced, with courts taking a no-compromise position in sentencing to deter offences; Enhanced collaborative research and development is needed covering all aspects of the haze issue — from soil science, ecology, atmospheric science, climate change to alternative biomass uses. We need to better understand the effects of haze on human, animal and plant health and diversity, as well as its socioeconomic impact; and, Improving communication, education and public awareness can bring about the attitude change needed for people to act responsibly and live in harmony with nature, and to facilitate both top-down and bottom-up actions, translating polices and laws into action. I encourage non-governmental organisations and industry leaders to assist governments in these efforts. Consumers, meanwhile, have started using their purchasing power and voices to demand that all companies act responsibly to avoid haze episodes. I also urge governments in this region to strengthen the science-policy interface on peatland management, as well as on wider biodiversity issues. Globally, we have established the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which I had the privilege to serve as the founding chairman. As a biodiversity hotspot, Asean nations need to effectively implement the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. This requires more science-policy interactions at national levels. Finally, I would like to suggest that a round-table dialogue be established at national levels involving all sectors — government, NGOs, private sector, indigenous and local communities, farmers and scientists — to openly discuss this issue and serve asaparticipatory and inclusive platform to strengthen governance and mitigation of the problem. We need profound transformations. But creating an Asean that is free from haze can be achieved if we all work together. Zakri Abdul Hamid is science adviser to the prime minister and chairman of the National Professors Council. This is an excerpt of a keynote address at the Regional Peatland Governance Workshop in Putrajaya on Feb 13
by Zakri Abdul Hamid
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lebih banyak syarikat permulaan teknologi bersih tempatan dijangka mengambil bahagian dalam Program Inovasi Teknologi Bersih Global (GCIP) tahun ini kerana ia dapat membuka peluang meneroka ke pasaran luar negara.
Presiden/Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Kumpulan Industri-Kerajaan Bagi Teknologi Tinggi Malaysia (MIGHT), Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, berkata berikutan minat yang semakin meningkat dalam industri teknologi bersih, pihaknya menyasarkan 50 syarikat mengambil bahagian dalam program tahun ini.
“Kita dapat menyaksikan minat yang semakin meningkat dan ini bermakna kita boleh melihat lebih banyak lagi yang muncul dari industri. Dan apabila anda menjalankan perniagaan dengan betul, anda boleh memasarkan produk anda di pasaran luar negara, ” katanya kepada pemberita selepas pengumuman pemenang GCIP tahun lepas di sini, hari ini.
Tiga pemenang kebangsaan GCIP 2016 akan mewakili Malaysia dalam Forum Terbuka Teknologi Bersih Global di Silicon Valley, San Francisco dari 6 hingga 10 Februari 2017.
Neutrinos Engineering Sdn Bhd dinobatkan sebagai juara, diikuti oleh Syngas Sdn Bhd yang muncul sebagai naib juara dan iCEE International Sdn Bhd di tempat ketiga.
Yusoff berkata, mereka akan bersaing dengan peserta dari Afrika Selatan, India, Pakistan, Turki, Maghribi, dan Armenia.
Forum Terbuka Teknologi Bersih Global memberi peluang kepada syarikat-syarikat untuk berinteraksi dengan pelabur global dan tempatan serta membuka pintu kepada kemungkinan pasaran baru, selain bersaing untuk dinobatkan sebagai pemenang global dalam teknologi bersih.
Katanya, MIGHT memberikan sokongan kepada pengatur cara pecutan GCIP dalam meningkatkan usahawan teknologi ke arah menjadi peserta industri serantau dan global.
“Dengan berbuat demikian, kami akan terus membabitkan sektor awam dan swasta dalam meningkatkan amalan hijau dan menjadikannya kebiasaan dalam kalangan masyarakat hari ini, dan juga untuk industri untuk mendapatkan peluang baharu dalam ekonomi baharu muncul,” katanya.