le 16/11/2022

UK Government – Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution (SMEP) Programme

Call for Concepts to identify interventions that contribute to reducing waste and manufacturing pollution in the textiles sector in sub-Saharan African and South Asia.

The SMEP programme seeks to fund 3 to 6 interventions, across 8 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal), that aim to address manufacturing pollution in the textiles sector.

Concepts should align with 1 of the 4 thematic areas:

  • improved knowledge sharing and data production systems
  • increased efficiency in wet processing
  • addressing excessive amounts of unsold and second-hand garments
  • developing and upscaling of more environmentally friendly fibres

Concepts which can also show real potential for direct or indirect Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation are encouraged.

Ideally, the solution proposed should be in response to or be supported by a demand-side market signal (market-aligned) such as having a supplier offtake agreement in place with the manufacturers. Note that the concept should either include proof of such a market alignment or alternatively propose a strategy of how the solution can be integrated into the market to ensure long-term commercial buy-in.

Eligibility

Applicants are requested to propose solutions that include collaboration from various actors necessary to ensure ultimate success. Collaboration partners should bring together manufacturers operating in the textile value chain (supply-side parties) and customers, including retailers (demand-side parties). Concepts may bring together different stakeholders, either as individuals or in a consortium, with at least one consortium member being based in the target country

 

Closing date : 1pm GMT, Tuesday 31 January 2023.

Funding : £10,000 – £1,000,000

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