The Ghana Climate Innovation Centre (GCIC), an incubator for Ghanaian ‘cleantech’ businesses with a focus on solar, has launched the “Ghana Clean-Technology Market Intelligence report for efficient use of technology for climate security.
The report seeks to, among other things, enlighten people on how to turn waste into productive use and to inspire them to recognise the many interesting opportunities in technology.
It also seeks to provide market intelligence information on developments and trends within the focal area of GCIC to support its strategy from global and domestic perspectives.
Mr Maarten Kleijn, a senior energy advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Ghana, said the report focused on water management and purification, energy efficiency, renewable energy (solar), and waste management.
Launching the report, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said the Government would soon commercialise research works to generate income.
She said a number of research findings were sitting on the shelves of schools because there was no knowledge on how to sell them.
“We need to build a commercial centre where people can consult and use appropriate technology, and we are coming out early next year to introduce all the programmes,” she said.
Madam Appiagyei said the Government believed that if the country made environment, science, technology and innovation the basis of development, there would be an improvement in the sector.
The Government believed that the country’s poverty gap was mainly a technology gap and, therefore, there was the need to introduce technology into every facet of life in the sectors to be developed, she added.
The Ghana Clean-Technology Market Intelligence Report indicated that the factors to consider in assessing the regional clean-tech businesses were market tracking, financing, partnership, and leadership.
It said deepening partnerships and networks between authorities and other stakeholders was crucial to the success of the clean-tech business.
According to the Report, climate change had taken a toll on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry, health, energy production, water and sanitation.
It added that innovative strategies were required to support commercial and industrial activities such as building construction, energy efficiency and power generation, telecommunication, transport, water and sanitation.
The report noted that a significant number of players in the business incubation and hub space had agribusiness as a focal area saying businesses likely to operate along the path of export diversification strategy of the Government would likely receive broad institutional support beyond micro-business strategy.
It added that an effort to integrate informal waste collectors into an organised supply network without loss of job and income would add significant value to businesses that were likely to operate in the industry.
The GCIC in one of the seven centres in a climate technology programme global network.
The network amplifies the scope of each centre by providing a platform to share knowledge and data, create international business-to-business linkages, and facilitate trade across regions.