AFRICA: Climate innovation focus of the 5th Keeling Curve Award launched

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For its fifth edition, the Global Warming Mitigation Project's (GWMP) Keeling Curve Award will recognise ten start-ups worldwide, including in Africa, for their green solutions in the mobility, finance and energy sectors. The call for entries closes on 23 February 2023.

The Global Warming Mitigation Project (GWMP) will announce the ten winners of its fifth Keeling Curve Climate Prize on 23 February 2023. The award recognises start-ups in Africa and the rest of the world for their green solutions. It is dedicated to the American scientist Charles David Keeling for his graph of the evolution of the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere made in 1958.

Interested start-ups have until 23 February 2023 to apply in one of the competing categories such as “carbon sinks”, “energy”, “climate finance”, “social and cultural pathways” and “transport and mobility”. African countries eligible for the competition include Algeria, Benin, Chad, Madagascar and Malawi. These countries have in common that natural disasters such as floods and drought decimate the livelihoods of their populations.

In this context, the Keeling Curve Award supports innovations in CO2 sequestration and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction to support global climate resilience. The initiative is jointly supported by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), US carmaker Tesla, global e-commerce giant Amazon, the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre and the World Ocean Council (WOC) based in Hawaii, USA.

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In 2022, Rwanda-based Wastezon stood out in the ‘carbon sink’ category for its mobile app that connects industries to households for solid waste recycling in the capital Kigali. In the field of energy, Koko Networks won the Keeling Curve award with its clean cooking solution “Koko Fuel” based on bioethanol. The start-up, co-led by Sagun Saxena and Gray Murray, provides an alternative to the use of charcoal and wood for cooking that causes deforestation and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in East Africa.

For more information on the call for applications, click here.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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