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Indian startups bag 3 awards at Global Cleantech Forum

Feb 02, 2018

Clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs from India, Morocco, Pakistan and South Africa at the 2018 GCIP Global Week and Cleantech Open Global Forum in Los Angeles, USA.

New Delhi: The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) award winners joined top entrepreneurs from around the world to celebrate the progress, achievements and successes of clean technology innovation in addressing global environmental and sustainability challenges.

This year’s Global Cleantech Innovation Award winner, Saathi Eco Innovations of Ahmedabad, India, has developed a technology to produce 100% biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads made from waste banana tree fiber. The pads use no water in the production process, and are projected to reduce 1,011 MT of CO2 emissions and 1,323 MT of plastic waste annually. Saathi Eco Innovations also contributes to women’s empowerment in India, where only one in six women have access to sanitary pads constraining their ability to work and attend school during menstruation, by providing low-cost decomposable sanitary pads and hygiene and health awareness campaigns.

The Global Runner-Up award went to TOM-CASAVA of Thailand, which manufactures activated carbon products from cassava stump. Projected to reduce 42,000 T of CO2 by avoiding the open burning of cassava stumps, the product will also contribute to the local economy by providing an extra source of income for cassava farmers and employment opportunities throughout the activated carbon a value chain.

Indian innovators also won in the Global Categories for ‘Renewable Energy’ by NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats, based in Cochin which has developed India’s first solar ferry that has completed 12 months in Kerala, and carried over 500,000 passengers, covering 20,000 km without a drop of diesel. Aspartika Biotech, based in Bengaluru which won the Global Category Award for ‘Waste Beneficiation’ from India uses discarded silkworm pupa to produce Omega-3 fatty acids for enriching poultry feed. Delphisonic and Biolive from Turkey, and GROW from Thailand were the other winners in this category.

To recognize and celebrate the successes of GCIP alumni companies, the GCIP Alumni Leader 2018 awards were also announced as a sign of appreciation to champions of GCIP who have achieved considerable economic growth and environmental impact. Mr. Hari Rao of Agnisumukh, Bangaluru, received a special mention for his dedication as a startup and for his contribution to the GCIP programme in India. Mr. Rao along with alumni from other countries will act as honorary GCIP ambassadors in 2018 at national and global levels.

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 the Cleantech Open (CTO), a Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator programme. Each startup involved receives training, mentoring, and promotion, and is put in contact with potential investors, customers and partners through participation in the programme.

Addressing the Forum on behalf of UNIDO, Director General, LI Yong, thanked the entrepreneurs and innovators “for the transformative impact that your innovations are having, and for their contribution to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals relating to clean energy and to green industry, innovation and infrastructure.

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