The one-day event on institutionalising Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) aims to promote a green and circular economy through the application of the RECP methodology in Azerbaijan. Concretely, it will help participants know how to develop practical in-plant assessments for RECP (using self-assessment and external auditing by experts as a basis for new projects in the future). Some of the key elements of the UNIDO RECP training programme include:
What RECP is
How to assess the efficiency of production processes and identify opportunity areas
Good RECP practices in energy efficiency, water, and material management
RECP project development
Business planning and RECP financing
Review of compulsory energy audits (to be implemented in Azerbaijan)
The seminar will cover UNIDO’s approach to reducing the environmental impact of industries through measures that improve both economic and environmental aspects in enterprises. As a result, participants will be able to understand the principles of the RECP methodology and its benefits for manufacturing enterprises in view of the upcoming changes in the local legislation that aim to reflect the dynamic agenda on global sustainability.
Hence, the main purpose of the seminar is to explore the potential support to further institutionalise and supply RECP services for SMEs in Azerbaijan through key stakeholders such as the SMBDA. This will involve the use of the UNIDO RECP methodology, following the success of the UNIDO RECP Demonstration Project for SMEs under the EU-funded, EU4Environment programme
. The initiative also corresponds to paragraph 1.1.3 of the “Socio-economic development strategy of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2022 – 2026” approved by the presidential decree No. 3378, dated July 22, 2022, to support the expansion and promotion of educational opportunities for SMEs.