Approbation of Pocket Guides for Milk Processing and Chemical Industry Specialists, UNIDO RECP EaP GREEN Program, 4 July, 2017

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The Webinar- Presentation-Training of the Recourse Efficiency and Cleaner Production Pocket Guides for Dairy & Chemicals Manufacturing Sectors took place at the Georgian Technical University on July 4, 2017. The webinar was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)- led Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Project in Georgia. The Training brought together more than 40 Georgian experts working in the dairy and chemicals manufacturing sectors, the representatives of the business companies, the professors and students of the Georgian Technical University. The International Expert Mr. Johannes Fresner conducted the Training from Minsk (Belarusian State University). The participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova will also took part in the Training. The participation in the training was also possible on-line and several Georgian experts used this opportunity.

During the training the pocket guides for the dairy industry and chemical processing were presented to participants. The first part of the training covered resource efficient and cleaner production in dairy industry processes, generation of waste, emissions and water discharge. Such best practices as optimization of  water utilization , minimization of water discharges and energy efficiency were closely discussed.

The second part of the training was devoted to the chemicals manufacturing sector and covered the following issues: responsible production and chemicals handling,resource efficient and cleaner production in chemical industry;hierarchical approach for risk reduction; best industrial practices and technologies in chemical industry. At the end of the training the participants were given opportunity to ask questions.

The recorded training sessions in English and translated into Russian could be viewed at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18RUFq95SOw (English language without translation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgewptwOJRo (simultaneous translation into Russian)

UNIDO- led Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Projectin Georgia is a part of the program “Greening Economies in the European   Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN).  The programme assists six countries of the European Union Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) in progressing faster towards a green economy framework. The EaP GREEN programme is funded by the European Union and by the Development Bank of Austria and Government of Slovenia and it is jointly implemented by international organizations – OECD, UNECE, UNEP and UNIDO.

 

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

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PRESS-RELEASE

  27 April 2017, Hotel Tiflis Palace, Tbilisi

More than 70 participants gathered at the National Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in Georgia on 27 April, 2017 agreed that the progress in promoting resource efficient and environmentally friendly production practices in Georgian small and medium-sized industrial enterprises, implemented as part of the EU-funded project Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN), has been impressive.

The review of feasible and low-cost RECP measures identified in 50 small and medium sized enterprises showed savings of over 1 million EUR per year. The RECP demonstration activities also showed important environmental effects which included the annual reductions of: energy consumption by 25 000 MWh, water consumption by 136 000 m3, materials consumption by 2 000 tonnes, air emissions by 1 000 tonnes of CO2eq, reduction of waste waters by 5 680 m3, and solid waste by 7 tonnes.

The Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Mr. Gigla Agulashvili, said: “The EU funded EaP GREEN project showed concrete results in enhancing the competitiveness of Georgian enterprises, and its contribution to improve cooperation between the government and private sector in identifying joint solutions to reduce the negative impact of production on the environment”.

The Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ms. Irma Kavtaradze confirmed that capacity built through the project significantly contributed to awareness about the importance of implementing green economy principles in Georgia, which are high in the government’s agenda.

This was echoed by Mr. Elgudja Meladze, President of the Georgian Employers Association who stated that thanks to the project, the RECP methodology is welcomed by businesses as it translates the implementation of state policy on environment protection into clear economic and marketing benefits for enterprises, allowing them to be more efficient and technologically advanced in the application of EU standards.

Representatives of central and local governments, RECP Clubs member companies and other enterprises, business associations, non-governmental sector and experts who were among the participants, agreed that the results achieved so far are the very first steps and more efforts are needed to build on successful initiatives, such as RECP replication through the establishment of RECP Center, which will continue providing services to Georgian companies.

The participants also acknowledged that RECP Clubs in Rustavi and Kaspi, actively supported by the Mayor’s Offices, can now share their lessons learnt and thus the interest in RECP Clubs as an approach to bring resource saving practices to a larger number of enterprises is growing. To meet this demand, a tested and adopted to local needs RECP resource package was offered to the Conference participants for consultation, use and further dissemination.

The Conference was organised as part of the EU-funded Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN) Project that assists the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to identify efficient policy solutions and practical steps towards a greener and more sustainable economy. The project is implemented jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Environment (UN Environment), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). For more information see: http://www.green-economies-eap.org/

The implementation of the RECP Demonstration Project in Georgia is co-ordinated by UNIDO as part of the EaP GREEN. The activities focus on food processing, construction materials and chemicals sectors. They are funded by the European Union and co-funded by Slovenia, the Development Bank of Austria, and UNIDO. More information about the project in Georgia is available at www.recp.ge

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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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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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Coordination Meeting on Regional RECP Demonstration Programme,27-28 March 2015

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Coordination Meeting on Regional RECP Demonstration Component was organised by UNIDO Vienna Office within the framework of EU’s EaP GREEN Programme on 27-28 March, 2015 in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. Objective of the meeting was to reflect on achievements made during first cycle of expert training and demonstrations and plan for activities up to end of project.

 Experts and RECP Project National Coordinators from the beneficiary countries including Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova participated in the meeting.

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National Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Georgia,Tbilisi, 26 March 2015

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National Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production was organised on 26 March, 2015 in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel hosted by the EAP GREEN Program’s RECP Demonstration Project in Georgia. Objective of the Conference was presentation of key results and achievements of the project to Georgian stakeholders including the government, business and civil society. Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Mrs. Irma Kavtaradze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, and Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief of UNIDO’s Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, welcomed the participants of the National Conference. Mr. Malkhaz Adeishvili, National Project Coordinator, presented objectives of RECP Demonstration Project, activities undertaken since the project’s inception in February 2014, key results and achievements during the project implementation in Georgia.

During the conference, 10 Georgian enterprises participating in the project shared their experiences in applying RECP, and 10 national experts who were trained in the framework of the project received a UNIDO RECP award.

“The company assessments revealed good potential for improving resource productivity and environmental performance of Georgian small and medium sized enterprises,” said Malkhaz Adeishvili, National RECP Coordinator.

Representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection as well as from the business sector discussed opportunities to further foster RECP in Georgia.

“UNIDO will further support the implementation of RECP in the participating enterprises and provide training courses and demonstration of best practices,” said René Van Berkel, Chief of UNIDO’s Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit. He added that UNIDO also plans to work with selected municipalities in creating RECP clubs that will support small businesses in adopting RECP.

The conference was organized with the financial support of the European Union’s EaP GREEN Programme, which supports the governments of Georgia and other countries of the Eastern Partnership – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine – in greening their economies.

UNIDO’s RECP Demonstration Project is partly financed by the Government of Slovenia and the Development Bank of Austria.

Press release on 23-26 March events Eng

Agenda National Conference 26.03.15

Georgia Today Articale,  Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Take Steps toward Green Economy

Georgian Journal Articale, Environmentally Friendly Standards Open the gate to the EU Market

The Financial , Article,  Building Green Business in Georgia

The national conference was covered in the evening news on Public Broadcasting First Channel and Maestro-Sakmiani Dila