Ugandan and UK companies in the renewable sector have held discussions to explore ways and opportunities through which firms, researchers and innovators in both countries can tackle the challenges in clean, affordable and sustainable energy.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) at the British High Commission in Uganda, in collaboration with Innovate UK and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) hosted a virtual Trade Mission recently for the Energy Catalyst Round 8 programme (ECRP).
During the e-Mission, 12 UK SMEs from the renewable sector were introduced to climate smart opportunities in Uganda.
Innovate UK’s ECRP aims to support businesses to develop innovative, sustainable energy technologies and business models to accelerate clean energy transition in developing and emerging economies.
The key focus for this round of the trade mission was to address the clean energy access challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa and South/South East Asia.
Energy Catalyst is currently funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Department for International Development (DfID) as part of their Transforming Energy Access programme who have invested more than £60m.
The Trade Mission also sought to help UK organisations applying for ECRP gain an understanding of the energy access issues in Uganda.
In addition it intended to help these UK organisations find links to potential partners who would be interested in submitting an Energy Catalyst Application.
Eric Olanya, the Country Director for DIT Uganda said, “DIT organised a series of webinars that addressed key aspects of innovation and research in sustainable solutions in Uganda’s energy sector and arranged Business to Business (B2B) meetings between 30 Ugandan companies and 12 UK companies that qualified for the ECRP”.
The UK companies who participated in the virtual brokerage event included Total Africa Perspectives Services (TAPS), University of Huddersfield, Buffalo Grid, DRE Partners (Nithio), Greenology, Ideabatic, Innvotek, New Resource Partners, Safelord, Sheffield and Hallam University, Solapak and Synergict Connect.
“The opportunity is for UK companies to work with Ugandan companies, researchers and innovators to tackle, head on, the challenges in clean, affordable and sustainable energy,” Olanya added.
DIT partnered with key stakeholders in the Ministry of Energy, Rural Electrification Agency, Uganda Investment Authority, Makerere University’s Centre for Energy and Energy Conservation, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, the Innovation Hub, Winch Energy UK and Mandulis UK to deliver this virtual mission in an innovative way.
He said that part of the goal was to create opportunities through the challenges posed by Covid 19 and leveraging technology to ensure business between Uganda and the UK continues.
The UK is preparing to host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow next year.