EU4Environment hosts an introductory seminar on the Resource-Efficient and Cleaner Production methodology for manufacturing enterprises and experts in Azerbaijan
The online seminar will take place on Friday, 10 December 2021, and will cover the wider application of RECP in Azerbaijan, with the goal to develop and expand the local market of service providers (including with sufficient local capacities and skills). The EU supported event will provide an introductory, hands-on experience and advanced training on the application of the RECP methodology to the demonstration companies, members of RECP Clubs, and to energy and environmental professionals in the country. The event will take place online, on 10 December 2021, 15:00-17:30 (Baku time) and will be held in English and Azerbaijani (with simultaneous interpretation).
To join the event, please register here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The selected poll of participants is comprised of specialists working in environmental management, engineering (chemical, industrial, environment, or related fields) who decided to be trained on the RECP methodology and its application, as well as the representatives of those demonstration companies which were selected to undergo RECP assessments, and members of two RECP Clubs organized in two focus regions of Azerbaijan within EU4Environment. The enterprises and experts who were involved in the implementation of RECP activities under the EaP GREEN programme (2013-2017) are also invited to the event. The tentative number of participants is about 50 persons. A recording of the seminar will be made available as a training video for the wider audience, upon its completion.
An important component of the seminar is the introduction of the RECP training programme – which focuses on how selected trainees will be familiarized with different RECP tools (presentations, templates, worksheets etc.). The goal of the training programme is to ensure that the trainees are able to implement the RECP assessments by themselves. It consists of a set of training sessions and coaching activities that will develop the RECP capacities among Azerbaijani professionals, and demonstrate its benefits at the selected manufacturing companies.
The participants will be introduced to:
• What RECP is
• How to assess the efficiency of production processes and identify opportunity areas
• What good RECP practices are in energy efficiency, water and material management
• RECP training and RECP Clubs and how those are going to be organized
As a result, participants will be able to understand the principles of the RECP methodology and its benefits for manufacturing enterprises. The development of local expertise is one important means for ensuring long-term results with continued RECP.
RECP in Azerbaijan
One of the most important approaches to improving the production and environmental activities of enterprises is the introduction of Resource-Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP). This is based on an ongoing assessment of the potential for saving resources, energy, and materials to prevent overspending, to reduce emissions and the discharges of pollutants into the environment, and to reduce waste generation (which will, above all, contribute to reducing the economic costs of enterprises). RECP is used as an umbrella term for the application of preventive environmental strategies to achieve the triple aims of production efficiency, environmental management and human development. The RECP programme builds the national capacity, fosters dialogue between industry and government, and facilitates investments for the transfer and adaptation of Environmentally Sound Technologies. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has developed the RECP methodology, which is used by specialists of enterprises and experts in the field of environmental management to identify sources of losses from all types of resources, identify the root causes of such losses, and develop and assess the feasibility of activities aimed at reducing or completely eliminating the identified losses.
Concretely, the seminar will introduce the participants to how to develop practical in-plant assessment reports for RECP projects both as a part of the interactive RECP training, as well as for new projects in the future.
The RECP Clubs bring together small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and take them jointly through an intensive training and coaching programme, leading to the development of a customized RECP action plan upon the completion of the Clubs’ activities. For them, training in the RECP methodology modules is conducted over a period of four-six months. The Club training modules are organized in the following thematic areas: the business environmental profile, energy, water and wastewater, materials and waste, chemicals and chemical waste. Then, the RECP action plan is developed by the SMEs, with the support of the RECP experts. The identified measures will support the Club member companies to save energy, water and materials, reduce their negative impact on the environment and human health, increase profit, improve compliance with the Azerbaijani environmental legislation, and increase their access to financial resources in order to invest in cleaner technologies.
Upon the completion of the training and RECP Clubs’ programmes, each trainee, demonstration company and RECP Club member is awarded with a certificate, attesting their participation and contribution within the “Circular Economy and New Growth Opportunities” component of the EU4Environment Action.