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Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Clubs (RECP Clubs)

Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
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    “EU4Environment” Programme aims to help the 6 partner countries preserve their natural capital and increase people's environmental well-being by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts. In Ukraine the RECPC is a national partner for UNIDO in implementing the component “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” of the Programme. The RECP Clubs were established in Poltava and Khmelnytskyi regions. 20 companies were selected to participate in the RECP Clubs meetings to develop strategies on the RECP concept implementation.

    Description

    Objective of the practice is to assist small and medium-sized companies (SME) and other organizations to improve economic and environmental performance by adopting and adapting RECP approaches and practices in their products design and production processes. RECP has been defined as the integrated and continuous application of preventive environmental practices and techniques to processes, products and services, to increase efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the environment. RECP aims to contribute to optimization of the productive use of natural resources at all production stages; minimization of the adverse impact of production systems on the environment and nature through reduction of wastes and emissions; minimization of risks to people and communities and enabling their development.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    Ensuring access to professional trainings and workshops for representatives of manufacturing companies. Increasing the energy efficiency at manufacturing companies. All companies developed Action plans with identified options related to energy efficiency, reduction of waste generation, reduction of CO2 emissions generation. 14 development strategies were developed that include technical and organizational solutions to modernize production, develop innovation. Promoting development of manufacturing industries by identifying the economic and environmental measures and option.

    Implementation methodologies

    The RECPC experts contacted industrial companies, national sectoral industrial associations and chambers of commerce in order to identify the demonstration companies for the Programme. In the process of selecting companies, the RECPC experts considered their size, sector, management’s commitment, potential for RECP options implementation. Based on the potential for sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency potential, share of SMEs, and relevance to exports, the following industries, namely food processing, minerals and metal processing were identified as the most interesting sectors for the Programme. The list of potential companies-participants was developed in close cooperation with the local partners (Poltava and Khmelnytskyi Regional State Administrations, Poltava State Agrarian Academy, Khmelnytskyi Regional Development Agency and NGOs). The companies were shortlisted based on initial visits, interviews (online, phone calls or in-person meetings at presentation events) and feedback from the local partners. To disseminate information about the opportunities for manufacturing companies to participate in RECP Clubs, the RECP Centre used its communication potential and all interested parties at both the regional and national levels. Aiming to establish communication and identify opportunities for the participation in the RECP Clubs, the RECP Centre experts made 16 visits to the manufacturing companies. Six thematic workshops (namely Business environmental profile, Energy efficiency, Water efficiency and wastewater minimization, Materials efficiency and waste minimization, Responsible use of chemicals, hazardous waste and emissions minimizations, RECP Action plans) were organized and conducted for companies.

    Results

    As a result of the RECP Clubs activities in Ukraine, a network of manufacturing companies was created and strategies for sustainable development were developed. Representatives of 14 companies were participated and trained in 6 workshops (total of training hours is 45 h) to improve the use of productive resources. The implemented activities provided an opportunity to identify options and potential economic and environmental savings: Cost saving - 399 303 (EUR); Energy saving – 2,884,010 kWh/year, Reduction of water consumption - 283 m3/y, Reduction of materials – 117 tons/y, Reduction of CO2-eq. emission – 1,040 t CO2-eq./y.

    Factors and Constraints

    Companies demonstrated increased sensitivity to the data reporting process, especially as it relates to financial performance. Overcoming barriers: identifying technical options based on available data. Companies were interested in benefiting from some specific areas of development relevant to them. Overcoming barriers: demonstrating more RECP options already implemented in a particular company. Some employees who were trained in RECP Clubs and were responsible for completing the self-assessment tool quit their jobs in some companies. Overcoming barriers: Additional individual consultations helped overcome this barrier.

    Sustainability and replicability

    To ensure sustainability and replicability, all project materials will be compiled into an online learning course/training that will be a component of the RECPnet database. These materials will also be placed on the RECPC website. The Communication Manager will support the dissemination activities of this project/base on the RECPC social media pages. At the same time, stakeholders will be offered consultative support from RECPC experts. This will ensure the scalability of the project included SDGs even after its completion. After completion of the project in 2 selected regions, the expediency of creating RECP Clubs in other regions of Ukraine or even abroad will be considered. Also will be considered the possibility of involving in this activity specialists of universities, such as NTUU " Igor Sikorsky KPI", with the subsequent integration of the project materials in the curriculum at one of the departments of one or more universities.

    COVID-19 Impact

    The quarantine introduction in Ukraine almost totally excluded live working meetings of the RECP Club participants and technical visits of the experts to the companies. Some companies suspended their activities or restricted access of outsiders to their production facilities. For example, the Poltava Oil and Gas Company reported the possibility of expert visits no earlier than March 2021. Overcoming barriers: organizing and carrying out online meetings instead of offline meetings, creating additional communication channels, developing video guides to help conduct online meetings, sending out useful information materials via e-mail, organizing individual online consultations.

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    15 September 2019 (start date)
    31 December 2022 (date of completion)
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    Ukraine
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