Global Environment Facility
The Global Environment Facility is a partnership for international cooperation where 183 countries work together with international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector, to address global environmental issues.Since 1991, the GEF has provided $13.5 billion in grants and leveraged $65 billion in co-financing for 3,900 projects in more than 165 developing countries. For 23 years, developed and developing countries alike have provided these funds to support activities related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, and chemicals and waste in the context of development projects and programs.Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) the GEF has made more than 20,000 grants to civil society and community based organizations for a total of $1 billion. Among the major results of these investments, the GEF has set up protected areas around the world equal roughly to the area of Brazil; reduced carbon emissions by 2.3 billion tonnes; eliminated the use of ozone depleting substances in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia; transformed the management of 33 major river basins and one-third of the world’s large marine ecosystems; slowed the advance of desertification in Africa by improving agricultural practices—and all this while contributing to better the livelihood and food security of millions of people.
UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.2013 Lima Declaration: Towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)In recent years, UNIDO has assumed an enhanced role in the global development agenda by focusing its activities on poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The Organization draws on four mutually reinforcing categories of services: technical cooperation, analytical and policy advisory services, standard setting and compliance, and a convening function for knowledge transfer and networking.UNIDO’s vision is a world where economic development is inclusive and sustainable and economic progress is equitable. The Organization focuses on three main thematic areas, namely Poverty reduction through productive activities; Trade capacity-building and Energy and environment.
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective of stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations. TIA’s core business objective is to support the development and commercialisation of competitive technology-based services and products. The Agency primarily uses South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs and help diversify the economy. It invests in the following technology sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Industrial Biotechnology, Health, Mining, Energy and ICT.
The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is a Schedule 3A state owned entity that was established as a successor to the previously created South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) and the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA). The main function of SANEDI is to direct, monitor and conduct applied energy research and development, demonstration and deployment as well to undertake specific measures to promote the uptake of Green Energy and Energy Efficiency in South Africa. SANEDI’s focus is achieved through the following programmes: Renewable Energy, Cleaner Mobility, Cleaner Fossil Fuels, Working for Energy, Smart Grids, CESAR, and Energy Efficiency.
The uYilo e-Mobility Technology Innovation Programme (EMTIP), launched on the 13th March 2013 has been initiated by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to fast track the development and commercialisation of key technologies that will primarily support the electric vehicle (EV) industry, with supplementary support towards electric mobility (eMobility) as a whole. The programme aims to identify and maximise value in the niche technologies that South Africa has capacity and capability to develop or add value to adapt to local conditions. As a five year national multi-stakeholder innovation programme the focus is towards the overall eMobility ecosystem defined by renewable energy generation into smart grids, charging networks, local standardization, battery technology, electric drive train components and smart connectivity. The existing testing services extends towards supporting materials characterization and batteries testing across all applications of which battery testing laboratory has acquired SANAS accreditation under ISO 17025 compliance. Hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) the programme seeks to ready South Africa for the introduction of e-mobility by creating new business opportunities and generating the know-how to support electric vehicles. The name uYilo is derived from the local Xhosa language which means