UK and São Paulo team up to tackle climate change

As civic leaders begin the daunting task of decarbonisation our cities, transport, and energy systems, it is vital that cities around the world explore new partnerships for learning and collaboration.

The UK and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo are stepping up to this challenge with new, business-led research & innovation partnerships.

Connected Places Catapult have partnered with Ideiagov and Invest SP to run a programme that selects 35 LatAm and UK SMEs with highly innovative solutions to tackle the challenges identified by the State of São Paulo in line with their Climate Action Plan and the recent announcement of the membership to the Race to Zero campaign. These challenges include Reduction of Emissions, Changing the Energy Matrix, Mobility and Sustainable Fuels and Resilient Cities.

The cohort of SMEs is engaging in a series of curated matchmaking and capacity building activities and taking part in Ideiagov’s Impact Acceleration Programme with the view of establishing equitable innovation partnerships. These innovative SMEs will then join investors, place leaders and fellow innovators at our showcase during COP26.

Business Portfolio of Innovation UK and LatAm SMEs with solutions to Net-Zero Challenges

CP Catapult – UK LatAM Business Portfolio
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As part of the project, Connected Places Catapult and The Business of Cities are working with the City of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Panama City to identify these city’s most critical challenges preventing decarbonisation and identify UK and local solutions that can help the cities to meet their climate-related targets.

We have now launched the Net-Zero Profiles.

CP Catapult – Buenos Aires Net Zero Profile
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CP Catapult – Panama City Net Zero Profile
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Over the last few months we have presented the project at COP26, as well as launching the net zero profiles of both Buenos Aires and Panama City. You can now rewatch these recordings via the Youtube links below.

COP26 Showcase
Launching Net Zero Profiles

If you want to learn more about the programme, please contact Guilherme Johnston, Head of Partnerships, Global Business Growth,