Join the Movement: UNIDO’s 2023 Global Call on Clean Energy Innovations for Industrial Sustainability
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is launching its Global Call 2023, in collaboration with UNIDO ITPO Beijing, to seek proposals for innovative clean, and smart energy solutions that contribute to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
The call invites multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, startups, and technology innovation labs to submit their technological advancements aimed at tackling the global energy crisis and mitigating climate change.
Background: Addressing the Energy Crisis
With global energy demand projected to grow by 0.8% annually until 2030, the world is confronting a severe energy crisis.
UNIDO’s “Industrial Development Report 2022” emphasizes the urgency of transitioning to green energy, scaling investments in energy switching, adopting circular economy practices, and providing global access to green technologies.
The shift towards clean energy is essential as fossil fuels’ share in the global energy mix decreases, and clean energy electricity supply must double by 2030 to limit the rise in global temperatures.
UNIDO Global Call: A History of Impact
The UNIDO Global Call was first launched in 2020 by the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Rome, Italy.
Since then, ITPO Bonn in 2021 and Shanghai in 2022 have carried the torch, attracting over 2,000 participants from 108 countries over three years.
Now, the Global Call 2023, spearheaded by UNIDO ITPO Beijing, is set to gather cutting-edge solutions in clean and smart energy to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Strategic Categories for Submission
The UNIDO Global Call 2023 encompasses three strategic categories for innovative proposals:
1. Green Hydrogen
- Green hydrogen production, including “super green” hydrogen
- Utilizing green hydrogen in manufacturing and transportation
- Storage and integration of green hydrogen into energy networks
2. Energy Efficiency
- Digital solutions for energy efficiency
- Secure and efficient energy networks, including decentralized systems
- Improving energy efficiency in industries, construction, and homes
- Industrial design and commercialization of energy-efficient products
3. Clean Energy Innovation
- Advancing renewable energy development and application
- Pioneering fuel cell innovation
- Exploring clean energy storage, transportation, and load shifting
- Enhancing climate resilience of energy systems
Why Apply: Incentives for Participants
Those who participate in the Global Call 2023 stand to gain numerous benefits:
- Opportunities to present in front of industry experts through roadshows
- Matchmaking with investment institutions, industrial parks, and local governments
- Targeted coaching, global matchmaking, and networking support
- Access to UNIDO and UN technology platforms and networks
- Showcase at prestigious global events, including the China International Import Expo in Shanghai
Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
The call for proposals is open to:
- Multinational corporations
- Small and medium-sized enterprises
- Technology innovation labs
Participants can submit up to two applications, categorized as early-stage, growth-stage, or mature technological solutions.
Proposals will be evaluated based on criteria such as innovation, competitive advantage, technology maturity, contribution to climate change mitigation, scalability, economic and social sustainability, and job creation potential.
Application Deadline: Act Now.
The deadline for proposal submission is 20th August. Interested entities are encouraged to seize this opportunity to shape the future of clean energy innovation and contribute to sustainable industrial development on a global scale.