Eleven technology companies have touched down in Latin America this week to showcase new technologies and approaches associated with transport mobility and water resilience to help combat the climate challenge.
The cohort arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil to make presentations to innovation agencies and further presentations to a delegation of city officials and investors at the ‘South Summit’ in Porto Alegre. They participated in the South Summit after being selected to take part in the UK-Latin America Net Zero and Resilience Partnership, run by Connected Places Catapult and funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network.
The programme looks to develop innovative solutions to tackle climate-related challenges in four core cities and regions in three countries: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Campinas (Brazil) and the Metropolitan Region of Guadalajara and Monterrey (Mexico).
Two further ‘observer’ cities watching the programme with interest are the Metropolitan Region of Santiago (Chile) and Porto Alegre (Brazil).
Each of the 11 companies has been assigned to a ‘challenge’ associated with each location. Buenos Aires in Argentina is looking to optimise last mile logistics to meet increasing demand for deliveries and reduce the number of freight vehicles in the city centre. Guadalajara in Mexico wants to encourage active travel and other forms of sustainable transport to reduce the use of private vehicles within the city.
Campinas in Brazil is keen to enable last-mile logistics and data-driven transport planning and services to encourage a transition to alternative and sustainable transport methods. Finally, the city of Monterrey in Mexico is looking to implement changes and solutions that improve water resilience.