Pakistani innovators in the field of clean technology recognised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) this year include a startup that has developed an innovative design for low-cost, energy-efficient housing.
The startup, named Modulus Tech, uses clean technologies and promises to contribute towards efforts for ending energy as well as housing shortages in the country.
The runner-up prize was given to a team called Biotech which has made a dual function solar powered system for rural areas. The system can power up water pumps and flour mills, says a press release issued on the occasion.
One of the five awards this year was for the most promising women-led team. A startup called Aerosync won the award for designing an innovative cart powered by solar energy. The cart can be used by roadside vendors.
Two new prizes were introduced this year under the Industry Challenge Award category. One of these awards was given to Bitsym Bitpredict for proposing an innovative solution to challenges faced by the country’s steel industry. The startup has prepared an information system that can detect faults in the industrial process in a timely manner. The second award under the category was given to Crean for developing a technology for regenerating used batteries.
Speaking at the award distribution ceremony, Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, the federal secretary for the Ministry of Climate Change, stressed the need for public-private partnership in promotion of clean technology innovations.
“This will expedite our efforts for mitigating harmful effects of climate change,” he said.
He said his ministry would continue to support the UNIDO’s efforts under the GEF program, particularly the annual competition, for fostering green entrepreneurship and supporting marketable solutions for the most pressing global environmental challenges.
GCIP project manager Alois Mhlanga suggested that more national-level partners needed to be taken on board to make program interventions sustainable in the country.
He told the gathering that the GCIP would soon be expanded to at least 20 other countries. The themes covered under the program would also be expanded to cover integrated approaches towards food and energy systems, sustainable cities, and protection of global commons.
Sheikh Amir Waheed of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a national partner of the GCIP, also spoke on the occasion. He said the chamber was committed to promotion of clean technology investments in Pakistan.
He emphasized that investors should partner with innovators to help the latter market their brilliant ideas.
Later, UNIDO country representative Nadia Aftab shared the organization’s vision on energy and environment. She vowed to further strengthen cooperation between UNIDO and the Ministry of Industries and Production.