WIPO GREEN Acceleration Projects

During Acceleration Projects, which focus on a particular geographical area or technological domain, providers and seekers make crucial connections that can lead to green tech deployment or transfer.

The projects generate relevant knowledge about the green tech landscape and are a gateway to a range of potential funders, legal counsel, and local and international commercial networks.

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Partners, member states, local stakeholders and funders are involved in the planning, organization and implementation of each project.

Climate smart agriculture in Latin America

The acceleration project in Latin America on climate smart agriculture is entering a new phase. Three consultants have started their work: Somera in Argentina, Agrosuisse in Brazil and IALE in Chile. All are actively coordinating with the national IP offices and other regional partners.

The consultants will explore local challenges and green opportunities in:

  • intensified crop rotation, soil re-carbonization and carbon sequestration, no-till and forest management in Argentina;
  • zero-till or conservation agriculture in Brazil;
  • wine production in Chile.

The project aims to mobilize innovative new technologies in the region and to facilitate tangible links between entities, looking for green solutions and potential technology providers. Visit the LAC Database Collection page to learn more about the needs and solutions identified in phase one. This project is supported by Funds-in-Trust Japan. If you would like to participate in the project, please contact the WIPO GREEN team.

Read more about the Acceleration Project in Latin America.

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Video: María Luz Marin, Chilean wine producer and Acceleration Project 2019 participant, on sustainability and the green technology needs of her winery.
Patricio Parra: Patricio Parra, Managing Director, R&D Consortium, non-profit trade association Wines of Chile, speaking on the importance of intellectual property and international collaboration to address the influence of climate change on the wine production sector.
Denisse Perez: Denisse Perez, Legal Advisor, International Affairs and Policy Department, National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) Chile, on Chile’s participation in the Acceleration Project.

Solutions for treating and valorizing palm oil mill effluent in Indonesia

As of October 2021, the acceleration project on palm oil mill effluent (POME) in Indonesia, has reached completion. Implemented by Winrock, and funded by the Australian government, it had the aim of identifying needs for green technologies and matching them to viable solutions.

With more than 600 palm oil mills, Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil in the world. One of the by-products of palm oil production is palm oil mill effluent (POME), wastewater that emits large amounts of the highly potent greenhouse gas methane and that can damage flora and fauna in local river systems. However, the effluent also has high organic content, and therefore great potential for biogas production and other environmentally friendly uses.

Several palm oil mills are willing to address this environmental challenge. To browse their needs, the identified solutions and to contact mills or solution providers, visit the POME Database Collection page.

More information on the benefits and challenges of these technologies, and the potential for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are available in this catalogue: Technological options for the treatment and valorization of palm oil mill effluent in Indonesia 2021 . In addition to palm oil mills, it can also be useful to investors, food processing and agricultural industry players who are seeking solutions to environmental challenges caused by wastewater with high organic content.

Reducing carbon emissions in Chinese Cities

In 2021, Bluetech Clean Air Alliance (BCAA), the Beijing Municipal Intellectual Property Office and WIPO GREEN joined forces in an acceleration project seeking environmental solutions for Chinese cities. The project's main objective is to support China in achieving the climate commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. Ten needs were identified in Beijing including building energy conservation, electric vehicle charging management, motor vehicle pollution reduction, carbon reduction, kitchen waste recycling. As a result, over 38 green technologies from all over the world were found to address the key challenges in achieving greener cities in China. Following matchmaking rounds, two technologies were deployed in Beijing: a food waste management system for a hotel and an intelligent energy management system to charge Electric Vehicles in residential buildings. A study on the progress in hydrogen fuel cell technology development and deployment in China was conducted to raise awareness and understanding about this technology.

In 2023, BCAA and WIPO Green continue the collaboration. Under the expert guidance of the China Cities National Program Coordinator, Mr. Hongxing (Tonny) Xie, Director at Bluetech Clean Air Alliance, the project is contributing to reducing carbon emissions in China through a plethora of activities. These activities include technical assistance trainings for entrepreneurs in green technology and IP strategies, roadshows and matchmaking with impact investors and industrial corporates, as well as establishing a cooperative network of stakeholders involved in green scientific and technological achievements.

To browse the needs, identified solutions and to contact seekers or solution providers mapped under this project visit the China Cities Collection page in the WIPO GREEN database of needs and green technologies.


Past projects

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In 2018, Green School (Indonesia) and Zero Mass Water (US-originated) met during a WIPO GREEN Acceleration Project matchmaking event. Their joint venture focused on generating drinking water for the school campus using green technologies. Read more about the event.

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In 2018, WIPO GREEN carried out a matchmaking project in Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The goal was to enable green tech transfer in the region by connecting technology seekers with potential technology and service providers. Read more about the event.

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In 2017, WIPO GREEN hosted a matchmaking event at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, that brought together entrepreneurs and potential partners to foster innovation in the water sector. Read more about the event.