Winners of Global Cleantech Innovation awards in Thailand announced

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Friday, 22 September 2017

BANGKOK, 20 September 2017 – Today “Tom Casava” received the top Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) award for Small and Medium sized Enterprises in Thailand for its innovative product based on activated carbon produced from cassava stumps.

The GCIP programme is supported under a project by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

 Among the runners-up were “Hybrid Super Aerator”, acknowledged for innovation in the area of waste water treatment; “ECO & Smart Green House”, which developed software that helps control systems for greenhouses; and “Bioway”, which developed microbial enzymes for odor control and cleaning.

The GCIP winner and runners-up displayed their booths as part of the “Thailand Tech Show 2017”, which is supported by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and takes place from 20 to 24 September.

Stein Hansen, Regional Director and Representative of the UNIDO Regional Office in Thailand, who presented the awards, said that the project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aims to mitigate the impact of climate change by promoting innovative clean technologies with a focus on energy and water efficiency; waste management; renewable energy; green buildings and transportation. “The project is helping Thailand achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and supports cleantech innovations in SMEs,” said Hansen.

The “GEF UNIDO Cleantech Programme for SMEs in Thailand”, is being implemented together with the Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) of the Ministry of Industry and the Cleantech Open (CTO), the programme’s global knowledge partner. It is supported by NSTDA, the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), and Kasetsart University (KU).

The GCIP Programme was established in 2014, and is currently active in eight countries: Armenia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.

In addition to helping curb greenhouse gas emission, the technology innovations fostered under GCIP help address such challenges as water efficiency, soil protection, and waste beneficiation. The cleantech industry also contributes to job creation and supports women entrepreneurs.  

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