Global Cleantech In­no­va­tion Pro­gramme

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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

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