A new global programme from the CivTech Alliance has launched to accelerate the roll-out of climate tech and net-zero solutions for the public sector.
Supported by the Scottish Government, the CivTech Alliance Global Scale-up Programme (GSUP) will involve 18 high growth companies from nine countries. In addition, the GSUP is supported by another seven governments and three academic institutions across ten countries.
For the next seven weeks, which will include the COP26 conference starting on November 1st, the companies will meet with policy makers and procurers and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems, rotating through each country for two to three days. The purpose is to provide access to public sector and ecosystem decision makers they would not otherwise know how to access.
The two CivTech Scotland alumni joining the cohort are Iceni Earth and The Routing Company.
Iceni Earth is an earth-tech startup provides a digital platform that uses science-based assessments, machine learning and community benchmarking to empower land-based industry to restore nature.
The Routing Company provides on-demand vehicle routing and management platforms helping cities and transport authorities optimise the use of their assets.
In collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, the World Resources Institute and Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, three challenges have been set relating to the COP26 goals around environmental resilience, food wastage and decarbonisation of commercial vehicles for fast-growth companies with global ambitions to solve.
The Environmental Resilience challenge, which Iceni Earth will participate in, will explore how the public and private sector can use innovation and collaboration to protect the natural environment.
Meanwhile, the Reducing Food Waste challenge aims to find solutions for reducing food waste and improving supply chains to decrease world hunger.
Finally, the Decarbonising Transport challenge will examine the role of data and technology in reducing global emissions and will see participation from the Routing Company.
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Participating companies also come from Brazil, Israel, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Australia and the US, and range in size from seven to over 1,200 staff.
In addition to Scotland, government bodies from Australia, Brazil, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and the United States, will participate.
Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise for Scotland Ivan McKee commented: “Scotland continues to demonstrate global leadership through the success of CivTech Scotland and the formation of the CivTech Alliance. These programmes have enabled us to foster international cooperation on shared global challenges and support pioneering investable companies.
“This is a clear demonstration of how the public sector can work with innovative companies and organisations to develop new solutions to the climate challenges we face while creating new green jobs.
“Collaboration between the public and private sector is essential in overcoming the climate crisis, and technologies like these are part of the global solution. I welcome this cohort to the COP26 Global Scale-Up Programme and congratulate everyone in pulling this ground-breaking programme together.”