UNIDO Global Call for Innovative Solutions in Cleantech and Sustainable Land Management

12 July 2021

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).

Objectives of the Contest
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:

  • Decarbonizing growing urban environments
  • Clean and efficient energy generation and storage
  • Circular production and industrial processes
  • Sustainable land management

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 call is addressed to private sector entities (micro, small, medium, and large companies & startups) in line with the above-mentioned categories.

A maximum of twelve 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.

Applications must be received between 1 July and 2 August 2021. For more information, please visit this website.