The RECP Club work stream under the project is aimed at developing and piloting a lean support model for enterprises, in particular smaller businesses. The model should be scale-able and replicable, in that after initial trials in four municipalities it can be made available on a continuous basis to more regions and ultimately indeed throughout the country.
Each Club involves 8-10 small enterprises and provides practical RECP support to them. Upon completion of the Club programme each member enterprise would have developed an actionable RECP plan and have started with its implementation. The action plan is developed and put in place on a thematic basis. Each theme/module is introduced during to a 2-3 hrs workshop that ends with the guidance for member enterprises to practically apply the knowledge gained. Following the workshop, enterprises report back on experiences (fostering collective learning) and are introduced to the next topic. A total of 6 modules is delivered with intervals of about 3 weeks over a period of about 4 months.
The modules are organized by thematic areas in the following sequence:
- Business Profile: profiling of the enterprise with a particular focus on identifying resource uses and environmental impacts and appraising these in both physical units (tons, kWhr, et) as well as their monetary value (input costs and non-product output costs);
- Energy: understanding energy use in company and developing energy efficiency options for processes, utility systems and buildings management;
- Materials and Waste: understanding main material flows in enterprise and associated waste streams, and developing materials efficiency and waste reduction options;
- Water and Waste Water: understanding main water flows in enterprise and associated waste water streams and developing water efficiency and effluent reduction options;
- Chemicals, Hazards and Emissions: understanding chemicals use and associated hazards and emissions, and developing options for sound and responsible chemicals use; and
- Action Planning: bringing together options from different topics into an integrated approach for enterprise with short, medium and longer term goals and action
Modules 2-5 form the core and focus on the enterprise’s technical processes, whereas module 1 and 6 provide introduction and capstone respectively and are focused on management and information systems.
RECP Clubs Facilitator provides on-site guidance and coaching to the club members. The Facilitator undertakes 3-4 technical visits in companies for quick scan, review of gathered data, and root source and cause analysis to support the identification and evaluation of RECP measures. Email and phone contact is maintained to support and coach companies during the project implementation. A summary environmental action plan report is progressively developed by each of the RECP Club member companies.
Upon completion of the action plan, the ‘hosting’ organization (municipality or other regional or local authority) with the UNIDO project presents a certificate of completion, which could then also be renewed annually if enterprises continue to improve their environmental initiatives.
Evaluation of impact of the replication programme on participating businesses is essential and this includes:
- Performing additional visits in companies (three and six month intervals) with the purpose of documenting the environmental and economic achievements;
- Involvement of participating companies in additional workshops focused on new topics (legislation, financing);
- Facilitation of companies’ cooperation (information exchange, success marketing, business cooperation);
- Drafting success stories to be used in promotion and advocacy activities.
Upon completion of the pilot delivery of the RECP Clubs in the pilot regions the results, experiences and lessons learned are to be captured and incorporated into a final resource package that will be handed over to national government for further roll out in country upon completion of the UNIDO Demonstration Project.
RECP Clubs in Georgia
In the frames of the UNIDO Demonstration Project RECP clubs involving 35 SMEs were established in the Kakheti region and three municipalities of Georgia: Kaspi, Kutaisi and Rustavi. Representatives of the club member SMEs were trained on RECP methodology and are now able to support their companies. The RECP Club member companies have developed environmental action plans and they have been awarded with UNIDO certificates.
RECP Clubs for Small Enterprises Concept note, 22 April 2015