SMEP Programme: Reducing Plastics Pollution (East Africa)
The Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) Programme, funded by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) now open for Piloting Solutions that Address Manufacturing Pollution to supports innovative and investible solutions that prevent pollution from manufacturing being released into the environment.
The programme is now calling for concepts to pilot solutions that can reduce or eliminate manufacturing pollution in East Africa.
The SMEP programme provides funding for practical manufacturing pollution mitigation solutions across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Research to develop the evidence to support practical solutions with a high chance of uptake and impact.
Developing and testing innovative technology-based solutions that improve the environmental impacts of manufacturing.
Identifying and developing suitable supporting business models and policies to adopt innovative technology-based solutions; and
Generating evidence and practical solutions to address the problem of plastic ocean pollution.
Scope of Categories for Funding
To meet the objective of the procurement, concepts should demonstrate alignment to:
Thematic area: Concepts should address one of the two themes or a combination of the two themes as described Concepts that create viable business cases around the themes of reuse and repurposing or conversion of manufacturing waste to value will also be considered.
Sector: Concepts should be applied to the following sectors, or any other relevant manufacturing subsectors: food and beverage, textiles, leather, clothing, footwear, chemicals, or any other relevant manufacturing subsector.
Geography: Concepts targeted for piloting in Kenya and Uganda. Concepts targeted for Ethiopia and Tanzania, or other East African countries, may also be considered.
Waste-to-energy (W2E) inputs for industry
Solutions that convert organic waste generated from manufacturing operations into an energy input. Focus solutions for the procurement include anaerobic digesters and organic pyrolysis, whilst other innovative concepts that generate energy from waste for input into industrial processes are also encouraged.
Intercepting byproducts from, and preferably recycling back into, industrial process
Solutions that intercept waste directly from industrial processes, with a preference for technologies that recycle that waste for recirculation into industrial and commercial processes. Focus solutions include wastewater treatment and chemical recovery, whilst other innovative concepts that recycle industrial waste for recirculation back into industrial processes are also encouraged.
A budget of between 250,000 and 1 million GBP per pilot will be made available from April 2023.
Priority Countries: Kenya and Uganda
Pilots should have an implementation period of 18 to 36 months
Concepts that can demonstrate one or more of the following co-benefits are encouraged:
GHG emission reduction,
Wider benefits for human health, and the environment,
Opportunities for local wealth creation and/or opportunities for women, and/or opportunities for marginalised groups
Concepts that can demonstrate application across multiple manufacturing sectors and with impact potential across multiple value chain systems are particularly encouraged
Pilots supported by co-finance or contributions in-kind; as well as clearly showing local buy-in, will be prioritised.
Applicants may submit more than one concept. The choice of whether to submit as a lead organisation or as a partner within a consortium rests with each organisation. However, only one concept per lead organisation can be approved to advance to the next stage. Lead applicants must be legally registered and compliant with relevant national statutory authorities.
It is expected that pilots for concepts are likely to require collaboration across several value chain participants, including manufacturers, solution providers, research institutions, and industry actors.
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