Global Cleantech Innovation Programme
Dr. Naoko Ishii (5th from left), CEO & Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Madhav Lal (4th from left), Secretary, Ministry of MSME, at the Launch of Global Cleantech Innovation Programme. Also seen are (L to R): Kevin Braithwaite, Global Programmes Director – Cleantech Open; Amarendra Sinha, Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, MSME; Ayumi Fujino, Representative and Regional Director for South Asia, UNIDO; Dr. Arbind Prasad, Director General, FICCI; Shashi Shekhar, Additional Secretary & GEF India Focul Point and Dr. Pradeep Monga, Director Energy & Climate Change, UNIDO.
Tmedium he MSME (micro, small and
enterprises) sector plays a vital role in the Indian economy. It contributes around 45 per cent of manufacturing output, 40 per cent of exports, and employs more than 69 million people. Keeping in view the high priority accorded to technology transfer and capacity building of SMEs as critical components of overall industrial strategy to address climate change by the Government of India, the GEF funded MSME GEF UNIDO Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs was launched in New Delhi jointly by the Ministry of MSME, UNIDO, GEF and FICCI. It primarily aims at identification and promotion of clean technology innovations in SMEs. The idea is to promote sustainable development and reduce carbon footprint by introduction of new innovative clean and efficient technologies in SMEs.
The main objective of this programme is to promote clean technology innovations and entrepreneurship in SMEs in India through cleantech innovation platform and entrepreneurship development programme. The programme has an interdisciplinary approach involving SME clusters, national ministries, academia, industrial associations, state governments, partner agencies and autonomous research centers in the country and abroad to promote best practices for innovative technologies in selected industrial clusters across the country. The cleantech programme primarily focuses on identifying and promoting clean technology innovations in four clean technology areas, namely – energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste to energy, and water efficiency.
This programme will promote SMEs that have used clean technologies and need to scale up the interventions with the help of innovative business models, and also facilitate interface with financial institutions and venture