CASABLANCA, 2 October 2018 – The Prime Minister of Morocco, Saad Eddine El Othmani, has presented awards to cleantech start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for technology innovations developed under the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) in Morocco. The award ceremony took place during the official opening of Pollutec Maroc 2018, an international exhibition of environmentally friendly technologies.
Implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the government of Morocco, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), GCIP Morocco harnesses the ingenuity of young Moroccan cleantech start-ups and SMEs and transforms them into fast-growing and scalable enterprises that create green jobs and save the environment. In 2018, the GCIP Morocco Accelerator received nearly 200 applications, from which 30 technology innovations were selected and, over four months, received mentoring and coaching from cleantech and business development specialists.
"I was surprised to learn that the number of start-ups that the Cleantech program has supported in less than 3 years is 90, which is a revealing number of the potential that exists in Morocco, and the Prizes that will be awarded today will not only help young entrepreneurs to develop their projects, but also inspire other young people to innovate in this field," said Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani at the event.
At Pollutec Maroc, a total of six innovations from the GCIP Morocco Accelerator in 2018 were recognized for their transformative potential in addressing environmental challenges while driving sustainable economic growth.
The National Grand Prize for GCIP Morocco, and also the first prize in the "Renewable Energy" category, was awarded to Farasha Systems, the developer of live detection solutions for failures in power plants – in particular in photovoltaic solar power plants. The system uses thermal cameras and aerial drones to quickly identify failures, reducing costs and enhancing the efficiency of operations at plants.
The female entrepreneur of the year award was presented to Green Engineering Mission Sarl (GEMS), a startup founded by Meryem El Ouafi, which developed a nanotechnology irrigation system that improves agricultural water efficiency by 50 per cent and increases crop yield by 20 to 30 per cent.
Other winning innovations recognized were:
- WATECH in the Water Efficiency category: a low-cost water filter solution for sewage treatment in rural communities;
- Eco-Oil in the Waste Beneficiation category: technology that transforms each kilogram of plastic waste into one liter of ecological oil;
- Eco-Dôme in the Green Buildings category: an affordable and ecological dome-shaped housing solution made from natural raw materials with thermal and acoustic insulation;
- M4Nature in the Energy Efficiency category: an energy-efficient extraction process for bioactive compounds.
Also presenting awards were Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, and his Secretary of State in charge of Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, as well as Alois Mhlanga, Chief of the Climate Technology and Innovations Division at UNIDO.
Pollutec Maroc brought together some 190 exhibitors from 14 countries to showcase the latest innovations in environmental technologies including waste sorting and recovery, drinking water, wastewater treatment, air quality, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
Visit the Pollutec Maroc 2018 website here
For more information, please contact:
Alois P. Mhlanga
UNIDO Climate Technology and Innovations Division
National Project Coordinator
Global Cleantech Innovation Program Morocco