On-line seminar, Approbation of Pocket Guide for Construction Materials Sector Specialists, 24 October, 2017

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Approbation of Pocket Guide for Construction Materials Sector Specialists, EaP GREEN Program’s RECP Demonstration Component

 In 2016, as a part of EaP GREEN Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) program funded by the EU, RECP Technology Pocket Guide for specialists working in construction materials sector and roads construction materials production was prepared and published in national languages of the six EaP countries.

To promote wide distribution and use of the pocket guide in EaP countries on-line seminar is organized for specialists working in the enterprises as well as organizations of these branches in the EU Eastern Partnership countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

On-line seminar shall be organized and conducted by the Belarusian Center for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, established as a result of the EaP GREEN RECP Demonstration component implementation led by UNIDO in 2014 – 2017.

Training on Financial Analysis of Investment Project Scenarios , 23 October , 2017 in Tbilisi.

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Training on Financial Analysis of Investment Project Scenarios with Application of COMFAR (Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting) software has started today on October 23,2017 in Tbilisi. This 5 day training is organized within the framework of UNIDO supported RECP Demonstration Project in Georgia and is intended to build capacity in Georgia in investment projects preparation and financial appraisal the RECP project in Georgia.

This training course is intended for the representatives of  Georgian banks, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), consulting companies, governmental and non-governmental sector representatives which are involved in identification, formulation, evaluation and promotion of investment projects; students with respective educational background such as accounting, economics, financial management, projects management, etc.

GCAP Capacity Building on Waste Policy and Cleaner Production , September 6, 2017

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RECP Project National Coordinator in Georgia Mr. Malkhaz Adeishvili participated in the Capacity Building on Waste Policy and Cleaner Production organized on 6-th September, 2017 in the framework of the EBRD funded project on the development of Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for the City of Tbilisi.  Target group of the Capacity Building included representatives of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from Tbilisi, Tbilisi City Hall, environmental service companies and NGOs. During the event Mr. Malkhaz Adeishvili presented to the audience evolution of the RECP concept, RECP approaches and examples of RECP implementation in  Georgian SMEs. He also made presentation of the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Demonstration project in Georgia implemented by UNIDO as a component of the EU funded EaP GREEN program. The Capacity Building event was organised at the Georgian Employers Association (GEA) office.

EaP GREEN: Final National Conference on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production in Georgia

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Roundtable on Financing Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Investments in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Georgia and the EaP countries

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Roundtable on Financing Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Investments in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Georgia and the EaP countries

Wednesday 26th April 2017, 09:00 – 18:00

Background

Notwithstanding  the  well  documented  cost  savings  of RECP  measures,  manufacturing  companies,  in particular  small  and  medium  sized  enterprises,   often  report  difficulties  in  mobilizing  finance  for identified  investments.   This  has  been  due  to  many  factors.  For  example,  for  many  SMEs  credit conditions deteriorated  in the aftermath of the global crisis, exacerbating  the effects of long-standing challenges,  such  as  information  asymmetries,  lack  of  collateral  and  a  higher  credit  risk  for  SMEs compared to large firms.

As part of the EU-funded project Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighborhood (EaP  GREEN)  efforts  have  been  made  to  explore  possible  ways  to  bridge  the  gap  between  RECP assessments and RECP investments and leverage funding for the transition towards a green economy. With support from the Development  Bank of Austria a first EaP GREEN national  roundtable  on RECP financing   in   Georgia   was   organized   on   24th   March   2015   in   Tbilisi.   Representatives   from financial

institutions,   business  and  government   sectors  who  participated   in  the  Roundtable  discussed  the business potential of RECP investments and identified practical ways forward for mobilizing financing for RECP investments in the country.

Following  the  workshop  a  number  of  follow-up  activities  were  conducted  in  2016-2017  with  the

objective of enhancing the RECP financing in Georgia, including:

–      A  study  by  a  local  expert  exploring  existing  funding  mechanisms  in  the  country  which  could  be

potentially applied for financing RECP projects in SMEs;

–      An  in-depth  techno-economic  and  environmental  assessments  of  RECP  options  and  pilot  RECP

project proposals for 7 companies including financial analysis of the proposed investments;

–      Consultations with the companies and local banks to finance and implement the proposed RECP

pilot projects;

–      A survey of SMEs participating in the RECP demonstration project to learn about the companies’ attitudes towards financing RECP activities.

Purpose of the workshop

A second Roundtable on RECP Financing in Georgian SMEs, that will be organized on 26 April, 2017 in Tbilisi, aims to address possible ways to bridge the gap between companies and financial institutions for financing  and  implementing  RECP  activities  including  adaptation  and  adoption  of  innovative  RECP technologies.

In the first part of the workshop, representatives  of the UNIDO-led EaP GREEN Demonstration  Project will demonstrate  the economic  benefits  and financial  returns  of the RECP pilot projects,  discuss  the opportunities for and barriers to financing RECP projects in Georgia, and identify ways to enhance RECP financing in Georgian SMEs.

The second part of the workshop will allow sharing experience and knowledge among the EU Eastern Neighborhood  Countries  about  the  barriers  and  opportunities  for  enhancing  the  financing  of  RECP (green) investments in the region.

The   audience   of   the   workshop   will   include   representatives   of   the   demonstration   companies participating  in the UNIDO project, international  and local financial institutions,  representatives  of the ministries of economy and environment,  project Steering Committee members, business associations, NGOs  and  academia.    National  Coordinators  of  the  UNIDO  RECP  Demonstration  Project  and  RECP experts  from 6 beneficiary  countries,  national RECP experts  from Georgia,  representatives  of UNIDO, and international donor organizations will participate in the workshop.

Key issues:

–      What are the barriers for SME to apply for eco/green loans?

–    Which  international  and  national  financial  institutions,  including  commercial  banks,  provide financing for RECP/green activities including energy efficiency projects;

–      What type of projects are financed by the financial institutions;

–     What  are  the  loan  conditions  (interest  rate,  loan  repayment  period,  collaterals,  subsidies  by international financial institutions)  offered  to SMEs for green investments;

–      What  are  the  risks  for  companies  to  borrow  money  for  green  activities  and  for  commercial banks to provide funds?

–      Which alternatives to bank lending are available to SMEs for green investments?

–      What  needs  to  be  done  to  bridge  the  gap  between  SMEs  and  finance  providers  to  up-scale  the financing of RECP investments?

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List of Participants

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Roundtable on Financing RECP Investments in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Georgia and the EaP countries

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Notwithstanding  the  well  documented  cost  savings  of RECP

measures,  manufacturing  companies,  in particular  small  and  medium  sized  enterprises,   often  report  difficulties  in  mobilizing  finance  for identified  investments.   This  has  been  due  to  many  factors.  For  example,  for  many  SMEs  credit conditions deteriorated  in the aftermath of the global crisis, exacerbating  the effects of long-standing challenges,  such  as  information  asymmetries,  lack  of  collateral  and  a  higher  credit  risk  for  SMEs compared to large firms.

As part of the EU-funded project Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighborhood (EaP  GREEN)  efforts  have  been  made  to  explore  possible  ways  to  bridge  the  gap  between  RECP assessments and RECP investments and leverage funding for the transition towards a green economy. With support from the Development  Bank of Austria a first EaP GREEN national  roundtable  on RECP financing   in   Georgia   was   organized   on   24th   March   2015   in   Tbilisi.   Representatives   from financial institutions,   business  and  government   sectors  who  participated   in  the  Roundtable  discussed  the business potential of RECP investments and identified practical ways forward for mobilizing financing for RECP investments in the country.

Following  the  workshop  a  number  of  follow-up  activities  were  conducted  in  2016-2017  with  the

objective of enhancing the RECP financing in Georgia, including:

–      A  study  by  a  local  expert  exploring  existing  funding  mechanisms  in  the  country  which  could  be

potentially applied for financing RECP projects in SMEs;

–      An  in-depth  techno-economic  and  environmental  assessments  of  RECP  options  and  pilot  RECP

project proposals for 7 companies including financial analysis of the proposed investments;

–      Consultations with the companies and local banks to finance and implement the proposed RECP

pilot projects;

–      A survey of SMEs participating in the RECP demonstration project to learn about the companies’

attitudes towards financing RECP activities.

Purpose of the workshop

 A second Roundtable on RECP Financing in Georgian SMEs, that will be organized on 26 April, 2017 in Tbilisi, aims to address possible ways to bridge the gap between companies and financial institutions for financing  and  implementing  RECP  activities  including  adaptation  and  adoption  of  innovative  RECP technologies.

In the first part of the workshop, representatives  of the UNIDO-led EaP GREEN Demonstration  Project will demonstrate  the economic  benefits  and financial  returns  of the RECP pilot projects,  discuss  the opportunities for and barriers to financing RECP projects in Georgia, and identify ways to enhance RECP financing in Georgian SMEs.

The second part of the workshop will allow sharing experience and knowledge among the EU Eastern Neighborhood  Countries  about  the  barriers  and  opportunities  for  enhancing  the  financing  of  RECP (green) investments in the region.

The   audience   of   the   workshop   will   include   representatives   of   the   demonstration   companies participating  in the UNIDO project, international  and local financial institutions,  representatives  of the ministries of economy and environment,  project Steering Committee members, business associations, NGOs  and  academia.    National  Coordinators  of  the  UNIDO  RECP  Demonstration  Project  and  RECP experts  from 6 beneficiary  countries,  national RECP experts  from Georgia,  representatives  of UNIDO, and international donor organizations will participate in the workshop.

Key issues:

–      What are the barriers for SME to apply for eco/green loans?

–      Which  international  and  national  financial  institutions,  including  commercial  banks,  provide

financing for RECP/green activities including energy efficiency projects;

–      What type of projects are financed by the financial institutions;

–      What  are  the  loan  conditions  (interest  rate,  loan  repayment  period,  collaterals,  subsidies  by

international financial institutions)  offered  to SMEs for green investments;

–      What  are  the  risks  for  companies  to  borrow  money  for  green  activities  and  for  commercial

banks to provide funds?

–      Which alternatives to bank lending are available to SMEs for green investments?

–      What  needs  to  be  done  to  bridge  the  gap  between  SMEs  and  finance  providers  to  up-scale  the financing of RECP investments?

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Greening economies in the European Union’s Eastern neighborhood, Batumi, 9 June 2016

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BATUMI, Georgia, 9 June 2016 – Ways to green economies in the European Union’s Eastern neighbourhood, specifically in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, were the focus of a discussion at an event organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and its partners in Batumi today.

A related project, funded by the EU, is currently being implemented by UNIDO together with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

UNIDO’s role focuses on promoting Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in the six countries, by helping small and medium size enterprises working in the food, chemicals and construction sectors.

Participants noted the green example achieved by Kommunarka, one of the leading confectionary factories in Minsk, Belarus, which is now using cleaner technology, introduced after an RECP assessment, in chocolate production. The process allows the reuse of sweet water for the production of marmalade.

For more information, please contact:

Carolina Gonzalez
Project manager, UNIDO Industrial Resource Efficiency Division

http://www.unido.org/news/press/greening-economies-in-the-european-unions-eastern-neighbourhood.html

UNIDO Steering Committee meeting , 18 April 2016

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RECP Demonstration Project Steering Committee Meeting was organized at the office of EECG on 18 April, 2016. Malkhaz Adeishvili. National Project Coordinator, informed the SC members on the project overall progress in the period 2014-2015, ongoing activities and planned till end 2016. The meeting participants also discussed functions and structure of RECP Center Georgia to be established under the project as the institutional mechanism for continuous RECP service delivery in the country.

Mrs. Manana Petashvili, Advocacy and Communications Expert, informed the meeting participants about the progress made in organizing the RECP Forums; Mr. Nick Javshanashvili, RECP Clubs Facilitator, made presentation of results achieved in RECP Clubs in the Kakheti region and Rustavi municipality established in 2015.

Presentation of EaP GREEN Demonstration Component at the World Resources Forum 2015 Workshop on Circular Economy in Action – Experiences of RECPnet around the World (UNIDO) Davos, 12-16 October 2015

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RECP for industry logo‌The EaP GREEN Demonstration Component was presented on Tuesday, 13 October at 16:30 at the World Resources Forum 2015 Workshop on Circular Economy in Action – Experiences of net around the World organized in Davos, Switzerland from 12 to 16 October in conjunction with the Global Network Conference on  Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP). Presentation on EaP GREEN Program and the UNIDO component in particular was made by Ms. Carolina Gonzalez, UNIDO Project Manager, and Mr. Malkhaz Adeishvili, National Coordinator of the project in Georgia. More information is available at http://www.wrforum.org/events/wrf-2015/Experience from RECP Clubs implementation in all six countries of the EaP GREEN Demonstration component was  discussed on Thursday, 15 October at Parallel Session on Capacity Development for RECP Solutions – Methods and Tools for RECP.UNIDO RECP Project Coordination Meetings with the participation of the Project Mnager Mrs. Carolina Gonzalez- Mueller, Project International Cordinator Mrs. Tatiana Cherniavskaya, Project National Coordinators from Armenia, Mrs. Nune Harutunyan, Azerbaijan, Mr. Rauf Rzaev, Georgia, Mr. Malkhaz Adeishvili, Ukraine, Maria Tsibka and Belarus, Mr. Siarhei Darozhka,  International Expert on the RECP Domestication and Advocacy Mr. Thomas Lindhquist, UNIDO Technical Adviser Mr. Rene van Berkel.

Consultation Dialogue,Tbilisi, 4 June 2015

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A Consultative Dialogue on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in Georgia was organized in Tbilisi on 4th June, 2015 (Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, #14 Merab Kostava Street) under the UNIDO RECP Demonstration Project of the EaP GREEN Programme of the European Commission.

Mrs. Irma Kavtaradze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, welcomed the meeting participants.

Professor Thomas LINDHQUIST, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and Dr. Zinaida FADEEVA, Senior Specialist – Policy & Strategy, United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability facilitated the consultations. Representatives from Georgian governmental, non-governmental, academic and business sectors, national experts in resource efficient and cleaner production  participated in the meeting.

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List of Participants