Sub-Saharan Africa: Canada funds first digital map for renewables


Technology firm Ecopia has signed a funding partnership deal with Sustainable Development Technology Canada to create Sub Saharan Africa’s digital map.

The digital map will include up to 342 million buildings, 38 million kilometres of roads and 582 million hectares of forest.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada is providing $6.7 million for the project that is expected to help governments, NGOs and businesses to optimise efforts like the distribution of vaccines, the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure and the monitoring of the environment

For instance, monitoring the environment using digital maps will enable governments to control deforestation and address climate change.

“Through SDTC, our Government is proud to support Canadian technology success stories, like Ecopia, that are driving cleantech innovation and creating good quality jobs, while also protecting our environment,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

“This initiative will enable a wide range of global sustainability and humanitarian benefits, and demonstrate our commitment to helping businesses scale and compete on the global stage. SDTC is proud to invest in a company like Ecopia, using cutting edge technologies to advance sustainability efforts across the world,” said Leah Lawrence, President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

John Lipinski, President and Founder of Ecopia noted “This project will not only showcase Canadian technology on the world stage, but also stands to positively impact the lives of hundreds of millions – by empowering better data-driven decisions to be made surrounding the environment, economy, and societies of Africa. We are extremely excited to be part of this initiative, and are thankful to have gained the support of SDTC and the Canadian Federal Government.”