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

Training on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Techniques in Target Sectors, 25-26 March 2015

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Training on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Techniques in Target Sectors (food processing, chemicals and construction materials) was organised by UNIDO Vienna Office within the framework of EU’s EaP GREEN Programme on 25-26 March, 2015 in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. Objective of the training was to introduce key advance technical and management options for resource efficient and cleaner production in each of the target sectors in order to enable national experts to advice national companies and improve their ability to undertake RECP assessments in the respective sectors.

The training was delivered by international experts including Mr. Jaap van der Meer, food processing sector expert, Mrs. Sonja Bauer, chemicals sector expert, and Mr. Dick van Beers, construction materials sector expert.

 Each sector training consisted of 6 interrelated modules.

National Coordinators of RECP Demonstration Programme and RECP experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine participated in the training.

 

Round table on Financing Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Investments in Manufacturing Sector in Georgia, Tbilisi, 24 March 2015

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A Roundtable on Financing Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Investments in Manufacturing Sector in Georgia was organized on 24 March, 2015 in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. The Roundtable was organized by UNIDO, with additional support from the Development Bank of Austria, to explore possible ways to bridge the gap between RECP assessments and RECP investments and leverage funding for the transition towards green economy. The first roundtable was organized with the triple aims of:

  • Improving understanding of the business potential of RECP investments and associated financing issues, in particular for small and medium sized enterprises;
  • Reviewing achievements and lessons learned from dedicated energy and environment financing facilities and their applicability for RECP investments; and
  • Identifying practical ways forward for mobilizing financing for RECP investments in Georgia.

Representatives of UNIDO, experts from Development Bank of Austria, International Financial Institutions, Georgian banks, government and business sector representatives participate in the Roundtable.

Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief of UNIDO’s Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, welcomed the meeting participants. He also introduced to the participants RECP concept and methodology, economic, environmental and social benefits of RECP and positive experience of RECP application in small and medium size enterprises in developing countries.

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.

Mr. Julien Haarman, International Expert (UNIDO), presented potential sources and ways for financing RECP in enterprises. Mrs. Nato Bochorishvili, Head of Marketing Unit, ProCredit Bank, and Mr. George Zurashvili from Energocredit Project presented, respectively, ProCredit Bank’s green financing and EBRD’s energy efficiency and green energy financing opportunities and experience in Georgia.

Mr. van Berkel mentioned that notwithstanding the cost-effectiveness of RECP measures, manufacturing companies, in particular small and medium sized enterprises, often report difficulties in actually financing the necessary investments, due to a range of factors. With additional support from the Development Bank of Austria, UNIDO therefore started to explore possible ways to bridge the gap between RECP assessments and RECP investments and leverage funding for the transition towards green economy.

Mr. van Berkel said that UNIDO will further support the implementation of RECP in the participating enterprises.

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Training on Project Financing for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, 23-24 March 2015

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Training on Project Financing for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production was organised by UNIDO Vienna Office within the framework of EU’s EaP GREEN Programme on 23-24 March, 2015 in Tbilisi Marriott Hotel. Objective of the training was to improve understanding of RECP experts of issues associated with project financing, making use of different funding channels – equity, loans, grants, special funds, etc. The training was delivered by Mr. Julien Haarman and it covered:

  1. Basics of project economic feasibility analysis;
  2. Financial project design – strategies for improving bankability of projects (cost reductions, risk reduction, revenue consolidation etc.);
  3. Key features of main financing opportunities, including equity, loans, credit lines, etc.

National Coordinators of RECP Demonstration Programme and RECP experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine participated in the training.

 

Awareness Raising Seminar on RECP for Business Sector in the Kakheti Region, 9 October 2014

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The project organized an awareness raising meeting in Telavi city on 9 October, 2014. Representatives of busyness sector, local governments, academia and NGOs acting in the Kakheti region attended the meeting. Project National Coordinator in Georgia Mr. Malkhaz Adeishvili introduced to the meeting participants EU funded EaP Green Program and its UNIDO RECP Demonstration Component. He provided the meeting participants with information on projects’ objective, activities, approaches and benefits of resource efficient and cleaner production. National experts presented to the audience first results of RECP assessments undertaken in participating companies. Participants of the meeting discussed the potential for involving the companies operating in the Kakheti region in the demonstration project.

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Awareness raising seminar on RECP,Tbilisi, 26 June 2014

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Joint Regional Conference on Cleaner Production was organized by the REC Caucasus and UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Project in Tbilisi (Hotel Tori, G. Chanturia Str, #10) on 26 June, 2014. Director of REC Caucasus Mrs. Sophiko Akhobadze opened the conference. Mrs. Malak Shukurova, Co-Director of REC Caucasus, chaired and facilitated the conference sessions and discussions.