Project title: European Union for Environment Regional Programme “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Project
Total duration of the project: 32 months
Project Location(s): Armenia
Beneficiary (ies): Small and Medium Enterprises
Project partners/Implementing organisations:
The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by five Partner organisations: OECD, UNECE, UNEP, UNIDO and the World Bank.
Project in Armenia is implementing by the Armenian Office of the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus that is an independent, non- profit organization, established to assist in solving environmental problems as well as development of the civic society in the countries of the South Caucasus.
The general objective of EU4Environment is to help the partner countries preserve their natural capital and increase people's environmental well-being by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts. The program is implemented by a consortium of international partners, including OECD, UNIDO, UN Environment, UNECE and the World Bank.
The project is aimed to provide description of support activities and advisoryservices on the application of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) inArmenia as a part of the implementation of the project “European Union forEnvironment (EU4Environment)” – a regional programme to be implemented in sixEastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova,and Ukraine) hereinafter called “EaP countries”. Project overall contributes to “Result 2. Output will introduce Circular Economy principles in Armenia by building national capacity and demonstrating RECP in SMEs”.
Project uses RECP methodology and practices embedded on Circular Economy principles and applies practepiloted within EaP Green RECP Demonstration project (2013 – 2017).Project helps to increase productivity,product quality and competitiveness of SMEs in the country. Results of RECP assessments and implementation of RECP measures designed for selected industry SMEs will also serve to strengthen awareness and demonstrate benefits and best practiceson circular economy using Resource efficiency and Cleaner production
RECP aims at
Project will be implemented in accordance with the following work packages
WP 1. RECP Implementation Management and Institutionalization(Stakeholder meetings, networking activities, annual regional RECP events, alumni meetings and strategies to sustain RECP services).
WP 2. RECP Industry Demonstrations(RECP Coaching and Assessment for 15 new and 10 EaP Green Demonstration SMEs, supported by RECP audits, assessment reports and recommendation packages for each invidivual company).
As a result of assessments, companies will benefit from economic, environmental and social benefits, improved health, safety and environmental conditions. In particular, RECP audits will enable:
WP 3.NIP activities for RECP awareness and knowledge management,including coaching and networking activities, preparation of Communication plan, national RECP conferences, Circular Economy thematic awareness events to benefit from the established knowledge sharing mechanism, and online knowledge sharing platform. Component will be contributing to the events and presenting Armenia’s RECP experiences and business cases, newly identified results of RECP audits to stakeholder groups and beneficiaries.
The project includes the following result areas:
Project will improve knowledge, awareness and communication with customers, and will serve to transfer benefits of RECP through: 1) resource productivity and environmental performance of small and medium business companies, 2) improved quality of products and services, 3) creating additional economic and environmental benefits, strengthened health and safety conditions for business owners and start-ups.
Project will have the following outputs: