Energy Catalyst Round 8 Opens: Until Sept.16: Mission is to accelerate the innovation needed to end energy p overty and develop ‘ Products & Services ‘ that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, S outh Asia, South East Asia or multiple regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – July.26: The competition, Energy Catalyst round 8 – which is open now and runs until September 16th – seeks to encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia or multiple regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy: They must be targeted at people, public services and local enterprises who are unable to afford or access existing solutions, or who lack the time or expertise to successfully use those solutions:

UK aid funding available for innovative energy projects

The UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, is offering £20m of UK aid funding to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia.

Innovate UK

The Energy Catalyst’s mission is to accelerate the innovation needed to end energy poverty: By providing financial and advisory support to innovators we help create strategic partnerships, uncover insights and develop business models to improve lives in Africa and Asia. The challenges of energy poverty include:

  • over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity
  • over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating
  • grid based systems face economic and governance barriers
  • vast majority (80%) of those gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas

Funding is available through Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). To be eligible projects must address:

  • energy access needs of sub-Saharan Africa / South and South-East Asia
  • all 3 areas of the ‘Energy trilemma’ – cost, emissions, and security of supply / energy access
  • gender equality and social inclusion

The competition is also co-funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (Dfid) Up to £3 million will be prioritised for projects specifically for energy storage. Dfid is also particularly interested in supporting projects in the areas of:

  • modern cooking
  • sustainable cooling
  • next generation solar
  • efficient and productive appliances
  • technologies and business models that help leave no-one behind

International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith said:

As we recover from coronavirus, it is vital that we prioritise changing our relationship with the planet for good. Finding innovative and affordable ways to help people use clean energy will make a real difference in this mission.

As COP26 president, the UK will be bringing countries together to take action on climate change, including by committing to greener energy sources.

The previous seven rounds of the Energy Catalyst has seen a commitment of £140m funding – with an additional £60m of co-funding and £75m private funding– of 345 projects with 1,040 partners of which 113 have been non-UK based: More details of the competition can be found on the Innovation Funding Service

Countries in scope:

Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

South and South East Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

#AceFinanceDesk report ………Published: July.26: 2020:

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Falkirk Growth Deal – Investment of £40-million will increase investment, create new jobs and d rive forward economic growth across the local economy by supporting sustainable travel, tourism and energy u nder the U.K. governments levelling across devolved nations #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – July.26: The UK Government has taken the latest step toward ‘levelling up’ for every part of Scotland by pledging £40 million for the Falkirk Growth Deal – this will boost investment, create new jobs and drive forward economic growth across the area: The deal will see funding directed towards potential projects to boost the local economy by creating skilled jobs and investing in infrastructure improvements to support sustainable travel, tourism and energy: It will also help support the region’s strong chemical manufacturing industry at Grangemouth, securing local jobs and driving forward innovation as we move to a low carbon economy:

Investment of £40 million to unlock Falkirk’s economic potential in levelling up

UK Government announces investment in Falkirk Growth Deal.

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

The Falkirk growth deal is the 11th UK deal in Scotland. To date, the deals have set out support for numerous sectors across Scotland, including:

  • north-east Scotland looking to become a global centre for expertise on decommissioning and sustainability
  • the Borders region boosting tourism through the mountain biking centre
  • Inverness Castle being transformed
  • robotics and forensics attracting cutting-edge tech businesses to Scotland’s universities
  • Scotland’s engineering legacy being reborn through new advanced manufacturing and aerospace clusters

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

We know that City Region and Growth Deals will be vital to Scotland’s economic recovery from coronavirus. The Falkirk Growth Deal will enable the regional economy to innovate, boosting investment and providing sustainable, high-quality jobs.

The pandemic has called for extraordinary economic measures, and the UK Government has done everything we can to support jobs and businesses. We have supported 900,000 jobs in Scotland with our furlough and self-employed schemes, including 18,500 in Falkirk.

This new deal brings the UK Government’s investment in growth deals across Scotland to £1.46 billion.

We look forward to working with our partners in Falkirk and the devolved administration in Scotland to develop innovative and effective proposals.

Background: The UK Government’s Coronavirus Retention Scheme is supporting 15,500 jobs in Falkirk and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has 3,000 recipients with payments worth £8.9 million issued locally.

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DWP Universal Credit Report: Confirmation that over a million households will soon receive a one-off lump sum of £149 in their bank accounts: The lump sum payment will be paid to those switching from one of the legacy benefits that Universal Credit is replacing (See list below or sign in via link) AceFinanceDesk repor t

#AceFinanceReport – July.26: Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly – or twice a month for some people in Scotland .You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income, out of work or you cannot work:

Universal Credit

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Government Digital Service

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

If you live in Northern Ireland, go to Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.

If you already get other benefits

Universal Credit is replacing the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Working Tax Credit

If you currently get any of these benefits, you do not need to do anything unless:

  • you have a change of circumstances you need to report
  • the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contacts you about moving to Universal Credit

If you get tax credits, they will stop when you or your partner applies for Universal Credit. Check how tax credits and Universal Credit affect each other.

Severe disability premium

You cannot claim Universal Credit if you either:

  • get the severe disability premium, or are entitled to it
  • got or were entitled to the severe disability premium in the last month, and you’re still eligible for it

If you have a change of circumstances that affects the severe disability premium or your other benefits, report it and you’ll be told what to do next.

Sign in

Sign in to your Universal Credit account if you already have one.

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