21

Oct

RECP Project

Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production RECP Project financed by UNIDO.

06

Sep

Concluding UNIDO RECP 6th Forum on Reduction and control over emissions in SMEs

REC Caucasus within UNIDO "Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production" (RECP) Demonstration project of EAP Green organized 6th Concluding Stakeholder Forum on Reduct...

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Aug

RECP Primer on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production

 “Resource efficiency and clean production” (RECP) Demonstration component project is being implemented in Armenia since 2014. For industrial development projects implementation RECP uses tested preventive environme...

Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Project

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UNIDO in collaboration with OECD (lead partner), UNECE, UNEP is implementing the program “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP Green). The programme is funded by European Commission as per decison ENPI/2012/023-703 with additional financing of the Government of Slovenia, Austrian Development Bank and the implementing organizations. The overall programme is aimed at supporting the transition towards green economy in the six target countries, through strategic policy advice (led by OECD), improvements in environmental policy and practical demonstrations (led by UNEP and UNIDO). The programme includes national and regional activities to be implemented between 2013-2016 in each of the six EaP countries, respectively Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine the implementation of incountry activities takes place under the guidance and in co-operation with the designated national Focal points (NFPs), in the case of Armenia from the ministry of Economy and ministry of Nature Protection. The implementation of the UNIDO component of the EaP GREEN Programme in Armenia will build on the UNIDO experience in supporting National Cleaner Production Programmes (NCPPs) in developing and transition countries, in collaboration with UNEO, under the global joint Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) Programme. The RECP programme is operational in over 50 developing and transition countries including two EaP Countries and a dozen more Central and Eastern Europe. In these countries capacity has been developed to foster the development and implementation of RECO methods, practices, technologies and policies, through such activities as information dissemination, professional training, plant level assessments and demonstration projects, policy advice and support for transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), including investments. Currently, the global RECP programme is aimed at mainstreaming and scaling-up RECP through:

  • extension and improvement of the RECP service delivery network;
  • thematic applications of RECP for resource efficiency, waste and pollution reduction and sound management of chemicals and chemical waste;
  • development and promotion of policy and financing instruments for RECP implementation; and
  • fostering sustainable innovation in products and technologies.

The EaP GREEN Programme is implemented in three components for the countries of Eastern Partnership. UNIDO is responsible for the Demonstration projects Component, in particular through the implementation of Regional RECP demonstrations in the manufacturing sector. The EaP GREEN programme was launched in January 2013, and is foreseen to operate for 48 months. Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) applies proven preventive environmental approaches and productivity concepts for the triple benefits of improved resource productivity (hence reduced operational costs and reduced use of materials, energy and water), reduced environmental impacts (less waste, emissions and pollution) and improved occupational and community health and safety. RECP is a cornerstone of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), particularly in the manufacturing and related productive sectors. UNIDO has gained valuable experience in implementing RECP in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP) region. The programme is aimed at improving resource efficiency and environmental performance in each of the six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), in particular in the prioritized agro-food, chemicals and construction materials’ sectors, through the widespread adaptation and adoption of RECP methods, practices and techniques. Specific outputs pertain to building capacity for RECP service delivery, implementation at enterprise level and fostering of technology innovation. Agro-food processing, chemical and construction materials’ sectors are specifically targeted given the current and expected future contributions of these sectors to the economies at large, their potential for job creation and development of small and medium enterprises, and their significant resource-use and pollution footprints. Inclusion of agro-food sector further supports decentralization of economic growth to rural and remote areas, which have in many cases remained deprived from past economic growth. Moreover, further development of the construction materials sector is pivotal for urban and infrastructure developments.

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21

Oct

RECP Project

Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production RECP Project financed by UNIDO.

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06

Sep

Concluding UNIDO RECP 6th Forum on Reduction and control over emissions in SMEs
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REC Caucasus within UNIDO “Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production” (RECP) Demonstration project of EAP Green organized 6th Concluding Stakeholder Forum on Reduction and controls over emissions in Small and Medium Enterprises in Armenia. The forum took place on 30 August, Ani Plaza Hotel in Yerevan.

The stakeholder forum was aimed at further debating and enriching RECP by sharing experiences and perspectives from business sector enterprises, companies, government representatives, civil society as well as stimulates cooperation and discussions among those on practical solutions and applications of RECP.

The forum was organized by UNIDO RECP demonstration component team, and was attended by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Mr. John Barker, EU Delegation International Aid/Cooperation Officer, UNIDO Representative in Armenia Ms. Anahit Simonyan, SME representatives, NGO and international organization representatives, national experts, employer associations, academia. It covered the results achieved by RECP project during previous as well as ongoing phases, other recommendations and further steps.

Mr. Barker, EU Delegation International Aid/Cooperation Officer, has mentioned that the RECP demonstration component in Armenia is a perfect example and will be used as success story for EU how with limited and quite modest funding it is possible to make a difference and get positive results for SMEs using EU taxpayer money. This was an important project in terms of changing the minds of business people and spreading awareness and providing RECP services for SMEs to optimize their business process, improve management and efficiency of production process, cut economic and resource related losses. EU would be definitely considering continuation of the RECP component in Armenia, in its future funding schemes based on positive experiences of UNIDO RECP project.

Deputy Minister Mr. Khachik Hakobyan has outlined the importance of RECP demonstration project in Armenia, outlining specifically the role of the National team which works on green economic mechanisms and innovation ideas, as well as the national capacity on RECP which has been supported and formed within RECP project due to the efforts of REC Caucasus. The project implementation played a significant role not only for the local expertise and capacity formation, but also was useful for the SME sector. It has been a challenge to get good results in the short period of time, and it is important that the practice for SMEs to introduce and use RECP was supported by individual assessments and services, introduction of business cases based on RECP methodology, which have proven importance of RECP and resource efficiency for business sector. Mr. Hakobyan has thanked European Union Mr. Barker for his continuous support to RECP project underscoring successful co-operation between the Ministry and EU within RECP.

Ms. Anahit Simonyan has mentioned that this meeting is a conclusion of the RECP forums, the forums were targeted to create and form RECP culture, use of RECP in production process and SMEs. Within EaP process the RECP Armenian component has been praised as a success story, at the national level, being a multi-disciplinary one. Inter-agency co-operation was also one of the strongest features of the project uniting not only Ministry of Nature Protection, but also Ministry of Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources, Ministries of Economy, employers associations, civil society working on green economy promotion and national experts.

 RECP National coordinator for EAP Green demonstration project Ms. Nune Harutyunyan has introduced series of Forum Recommendations on future RECP activities which were introduced by different stakeholders throughout the whole Forum period. Recommendations cover demand to introduce RECP  expertise and practice into educational programs using RCEP for students as a useful educational and awareness tool, investing promotional mechanisms, promoting RECP services, increasing awareness among other SMEs and organizations benefits of resource efficient solutions and greening the economy using RECP methodologies. Recommended measures, among the others, cover the following suggestive interventions:

  • RECP audits could also include energy audits, (while observing the material and the efficient use of water) so it can use the existing experience and jointly develop capabilities to be promoted
  • “Green” certificates (certificates) can be viewed as a motivational tool for SMEs, and should be developed on the basis of standards promoted by RECP, as well as adopted and implemented in the private sector and SMEs. Green certification could also be an incentive for promotion of green policies, favorable co-operation mechanisms between private sector, banks which should be supported by the government policies and legislative reform.
  • Develop and demonstrate experimental RECP duplicate model for small businesses
  • Installing “Green filters” for SMEs as a tool for cleaner production
  • Develop and promote Resource efficiency in the field of agriculture and within farmer co-operatives to demonstrate benefits of RECP in food processing, waste management or re-use of existing by products and innovative product delivery, serving as an additional income for farmers.

Forum has also discussed the issues of emissions and pollution through demonstration of CO2 reduction via introduction of energy efficiency measures in different SMEs, reducing costs on electricity and improving emission control, reduction of emissions and introduction of environmentally friendly, chemical free solutions in dry fruit production (Lukashin co-operative), introduction of solar energy sources in fruit production, reduction of CO2 in preserve production through steam generating automated, insulated boiler, recycling and reuse of waste water resulting in saving water resources, installation of carbon and/or UV filters which will permit save 90% of water loss and reuse water at least for technical purposes.

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18

Aug

RECP Primer on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production
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 “Resource efficiency and clean production” (RECP) Demonstration component project is being implemented in Armenia since 2014. For industrial development projects implementation RECP uses tested preventive environmental approaches: improved efficiency of resources (reduced production costs and materials, energy and water consumption), reduced environmental impact (less waste products and pollution) and improved professional and social health and protection.

In the framework of “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood” (EAP Green) project the main aim of RECP pilot project is to improve resource efficiency and environmental action particularly in the fields of agricultural/ food production, chemical and construction materials production.

The aim of the efficient and clean production handbook is to locally implement and support the RECP methodology, tools and experience in Armenia.

The publication illustrates several business models and successful examples that were developed by RECP national experts’ team and by the project during 2014 RECP assessment.

The author and the project coordination staff express their deep gratitude to UNIDO Chief technical Advisor Mr. Rene Van Berkel, UNIDO RECP expert Mr Nazir Abijanov, RECP national experts and representatives of pilot organizations for their support in preparing the handbook.

The author of the publication is responsible for the contents; the ideas expressed do not necessarily coincide with EU or other participant organizations point of view.

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29

Jul

Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) Forum 5, 2016

Main topic: Reduction and utilization of waste

The Fifth Stakeholder Forum in the frames of the UNIDO “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” demonstration component project took place on 29 of July, 2016, in the Conference Hall of Lori Marz Regional Administration, Lori Marz, Armenia.

The forum was attended by Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of RA Mr. Artur Khachatryan, Deputy Marzpet (Governor) of Lori Marz Regional Administration Mr. Hovhannes Tadevosyan, Alaverdi city Mayor Mr. Karen Paremuzyan, Asian Development Bank Yerevan Office Project Officer Mr. Areg Barseghyan, Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, UNIDO RECP Team Leader, Mr. Tigran Oganezov, SME representatives, Regional Government and Municipality Authorities, NGOs, producers, PE, media and International organization representatives, UNIDO RECP national experts and REC Caucasus team members, more than 40 participants were present (the List of participants is attached).

UNIDO RECP Team Leader, Mr. Tigran Oganezov. (Presentation theme: General Information on RECP Project in Armenia, Implemented Activity, RECP Tools and Methods). He briefly, discussed the main questions: What is the current situation in the municipal waste management sector in Armenia? What are the main obstacles and limitations faced by the municipal waste management system? What kind of measures can be taken to stimulate better approach for the municipal waste management practices in Armenia?

UNIDO RECP Communication and outreach expert, Mr. Tigran Sekoyan gave detailed information about the RECP Primer for SMEs. He talk about business benefits for SME as the main direction in the Primer. With the desire to avoid, referring to complex economic concepts in the handbook, nevertheless, to make judgments about business management, analysis and development some models should be unavoidable. Naturally, every businessperson has the best outlook of the business he is engaged in, he is better familiar with the problems. However, nobody can be professional in all circles.

UNIDO RECP Project National Facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan. (Presentation theme: RECP Green Clubs for reduction and utilization of waste). There are no municipal waste management policy programs and plans. The actual regulatory and legal framework does not correspond to current needs, and monitoring and enforcement capacity in various agencies is weak. Approximately 1.5 million tons of municipal waste is generated annually (According to statistics it is correspond to about 300 kg per person per year) and the only management options used is disposal in landfills.

Mr. Khachik Hakobyan announced/make suggestion on three essential issues: 1. Advise always to consider environmental impact of used materials. 2. We are often participating or hosting international meetings, conferences, etc., and it would be great if you prepare stands (desks, racks, etc.) of RECP production and demonstrate those, and at the same time support business activities of SMEs. 3. Armenian lavash was inscribed on UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. On November 26 2014, the decision to inscribe the nomination submitted by Armenia “Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia” on UNESCO RLICHH was made at the ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris.

Ms. Anahit Simonyan said that it would be great if RECP project convert all those rapid assessments to RECP Audits, Deep Assessments, and implement feasibility study, financial and economic analysis and provide (free) Investment Grade Audits or Business Plans to all those SME engaged in the Program.

Mr. Khachik Hakobyan support the idea of continuing and promotion relations with SMEs that have undergone Rapid Assessments. He offered to proceed RECP Audit process and present some SME up to Green loans.

Discussions, opinions, ideas and recommendations provided by stakeholders

Ms. Anahit Simonyan: Waste management systems, with the highest priority placed on waste prevention and minimization, reuse and recycling, and environmentally sound disposal facilities, including technology to recapture the energy contained in waste, and encourage small-scale waste-recycling initiatives that support urban and rural waste management and provide income-generating opportunities.

Ms. Sirine Kosyan: RECP is an important step for Sustainable Development Mechanism. The Primer, is established by RECP specialized experts and should be an important instrument for SMEs. The concepts, methods and tools that are presented in the Primer should be ASAP domesticated, embedded and strengthened for creation a habit of the resource efficiency and clean production lifestyle in Armenia.

Representatives of Vanadzor Municipality: As we are informed there are 45 urban and 428 rural waste disposal sites currently in use. These sites do not correspond to sanitary-hygiene norms and standards. In addition, the quantity of illegal dumping is unknown. Therefore, landfills degrade the landscape and occupy useful land. In fact, they are significant sources of soil degradation, water contamination, air pollution, and diseases.

Representatives of Vanadzor Municipality: According to the Armenian Law on Local Self Government, garbage collection and disposal service is one of the mandatory functions of local governments. Solid waste management remains the most problematic challenge, and the first service priority for many cities. The main problems in this field of solid waste management are lack of legislative background and a poor management system, lack of appropriate equipment, lack of financial capacities, and a weak relationship with the public in the cities.

Lori Marz Regional Administration representative Announced that of Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), German Development Bank (KfW), European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), and World Bank (WB), are involved and in close cooperation in SWM development in Armenia.

SME representatives: SW Management service is much more efficient and transparent when a written contract or agreement exists between customers and service providers. In the development of a Performance Management Strategy on SW collection and disposal service, various stakeholders should be involved, and citizen representation be included. Willingness to pay is connected to and in direct proportion to quality of services.

SME representative: Separation of the two services—sanitary cleaning and SW collection and disposal—may lead to more efficient, client-oriented SW management. If these services are not separated, there is a chance for enterprises to cover expenditures at the expenses of the public budget.

“RozFrood” LLC Executive Director: Waste is primarily generated by household and some commercial and public institutions and industry. Even though MSW (is an important waste stream) accounts for only a relatively small fraction of the total waste production it represents a considerable resource that can be beneficially recovered. However, current inefficient management options lead to the loss of valuable resources. Particularly, significant quantities of MSW continue to be disposed in landfills. Therefore, disposal of MSW leads to increase the pressure on the environment and human health.

Representative of Vanadzor Municipality: Street sweeping, waste collection, and waste disposal are the most publicly visible activities of municipal services. The great majority of public and community complaints about waste management arise from insufficient waste collection and disposal services. Waste collection, consequently, receives a high political priority in many countries.

Ms. Anahit Simonyan: mentioned that there is a problem of new technologies and innovations in majority of organizations. SMEs need to trust the RECP project. RECP experts should be able to provide them with full assistance by submission individual approach and proper package of tools. Business needs investments with low interest rates to afford them. Anyway, RECP brings new thinking and new methods that must be used in production to become more competitive. We already have achieved substantial results by RECP project implementation.

Already dozens of SMEs have agreed upon the cooperation considering the crucial importance of RECP audits in the modern world requirements, which affect also consumers demand on products. Stakeholders should contribute for localization and development in Armenia of RECP approach, intellectual way, principles, terminology presented in the Primer.

Mr.Tigran Oganezov gave information about the sixth Forum that planned to take place in August. He added that theme of the forum is Reduction and controls over emissions. As well as invited stakeholders to participate to the final forum and asked once more, on behalf of RECP team and UNIDO, for active discussion of RECP Primer and participation in the “engage and learn” step of the domestication process.

 

 

 

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08

Jul

RECP 5th Green Club Workshop on the main Module on ‘’Chemicals and Hazardous Waste and Emissions’’

The 5th Green Club workshop took place on 8 of July, 2016 in the City Hall of Hrazdan city, RA. The main aim of the training was to present the topic on ‘’Chemicals and Hazardous Waste and Emissions” in the frames of RECP for Small and Medium Business enterprises foreseen in the frames of the 5th Green Club Module.

The workshop was attended by RECP national coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, RECP national facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan, RECP work team and SMEs of Hrazdan City. Project national coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan presented the achievements and issues of the previous Module 4. She also answered to the participants` questions presenting also the topic of the day and the objectives.

National facilitator Ms. Sahakyan presented in details the self-assessment results in the Green Club member organizations, emphasizing the main gaps and support needs as well as the results:

  • Waste baseline profile and indicators

–      Understanding use of materials and generation of waste

  • Major materials users and sources of waste
    • Waste diagnosis
    • What are the main causes for high materials’ consumption and waste generation?
    • Where are materials lost?
    • What are the costs of material losses and waste streams?

- RECP Options for materials efficiency and waste reduction

   Immediate and other options

Later the topic of the day was presented, Module 5 ‘’Chemicals and Hazardous Waste and Emissions”.

The workshop covered the environmental burden of wastes and costs of materials and waste, diagnosis of material uses and waste generation. There was an overview of the business concerns related to chemical use, hazardous waste and emissions in the companies, particularly, cost to business, risks to business, impacts on human health and environment. Relevant national issues were also highlighted:

  • Chemicals are part of our daily life. Their intensive use in production process end operations will increase even more due to  current trends
  • Chemicals are at the origin of hazardous waste and emissions and represent a major source of pollution and accidents
  • Chemicals are expensive materials and their efficient use contributes to direct and indirect cost reduction
  • Responsible use of chemicals protect employees health and  minimize the risk of accidents, securing the business and increasing its social responsibility

During the active discussions with Green Club member organizations main issues existing in the organizations were raised.

  • Chemical risk reduction
  • Chemical investment reduction
  • Chemical waste reduction

After the summarization discussions were held about the safe use of chemical materials and the threats. At the end of the meeting the national coordinator presented the topic of the next meeting.

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13

Jun

RECP Review Training Took Place from 13-14 of June

Review training in the frames of UNIDO RECP project took place on 13 and 14 of June in REC Caucasus Armenian National Office. The training was carried out by international expert Mr. Nazir Abidjanov specialized in RECP application /methodologies, technologies and tools. Mr. Abidjanov listened to the presentations made by RECP 2 nd generation experts and gave recommendations for further development and improvement of their assessments carried out in the organizations. He expressed his appreciation towards the work done by the experts within this phase of the project and the outcomes which were presented as a result of the RECP final assessments made in the organizations. Individual consultations were carried out to make discussions more effective and understandable for the both sides. Discussions held between experts and Mr. Nazir Abidjanov helped in reviewing the final assessments done by RECP experts in selected organizations. Just to remind: selected organizations were involved in food & beverage production, manufacturing, shoe, chemicals production, and other industries. Mr. Abidzjanov made his main accent on making the data easier to understand and implement for the owners.

After listening to each of the experts presentations Mr. Abodjanov added some rcommendations which will be useful for them to be used later on while working in the companies. The main recommendations made by international expert included:

 companies are mainly having losses because of bad technological performance, so the expert suggested including          technological updates and performance improvement in recommendations.

 recommendations should be specified and simplified for the owners of the companies to acknowledge the                          importance of those recommendations for their business performance and progress.

 link one sphere to another, for example effective business operation and human resources.

 find solutions to eliminate or reduce water pollution in problematic organizations having too much environmental        impacts.

 RECP methodologies must be used to find out the core reason of ineffective operation, cost generation, water, and      resource cost inefficiency and try to get rid of them.

 concrete problems and concrete solutions with numerical expressions / estimations need to be specified for the              owner to make it easier to understand and implement.

 experts should make preliminary recommendations and before introducing them to the business owners they                 should discuss those with other RECP experts who are specialized in the specific sector to which the                                     recommendation is related \RECP energy, water and other sector experts\.

The training was summarized and expectations for more fertile job proceeding were expressed by both parties.

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31

May

RECP Green Business Club in Vanadzor: Module 3 – Water & Waste Water
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The next round of the local RECP Green Clubs in the Vanadzor city RECP team has launched on 31 of May, 2016. The participating organizations were engaged in production of bread/bakery products, shoe making /local shoe production/, chemical /chemical materials/ production, food processing/production, carpet production, auto remote services, etc.

Project facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the ‘’WorkBook’’ to the meeting participants which will support in further Green Club works, and also she explained in details the functions the implementation of which will be simplified by the help of this publication.  The participants with the assistance of the facilitator filled up the self-assessment sheets of the first two modules: Company Environmental Profile and Energy Efficiency and analyzed the present situation and challenges meet by their companies.

Later on UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan introduced Module 3 on “Water & Waste Water” for businesses. Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the main points regarding the Module 3. She also pointed what concrete actions must be undertaken by SMEs to eliminate the Water use and Waste Water. Energy efficiency has many privileges which were appropriately presented point by point to SMEs to make sure that they feel the importance of this issue, and will be willing to apply it in their business operations. The followings were presented in that context:

The next Green club was aimed at presenting the next module on water and wastewater, self-assessment discussions among green club member organizations. The national facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan provided  technical content on water and wastewater, presenting the problems related to the water use, opportunities and benefits, main reasons for inefficient water use and suggested solutions. During the discussions issues related to water resources in Dilijan city were arisen. The following issues were underscored during the discussion:

  • water supplied in Dilijan city is of low quality, containing heavy metals and hazards
  • in some buildings and institutions the water is only cleaned through the drainage system
    • no proper filters are installed to ensure the high quality and clarity of the water
    • there is a significant loss in the number of people staying at Dilijan Resort in recent years because of the low quality of the water supplied there

They also added that facial steps are not yet taken to improve the quality of water supplied in the whole city.

During the workshop the participants handled practical assignments with exercises on water profiles and use of water resources within production cycles by SMEs. SMEs were handed a worksheets to complete it with data related to water profile of their companies with scaling grades. The meeting was summarized and feedback received.

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May

RECP Green Business Club in Hrazdan: Module 3 – Water & Waste Water
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The next round of the local RECP Green Clubs in the Hrazdan city RECP team has launched on 18 of May, 2016. The participating organizations were engaged in production of bread/bakery products, shoe making /local shoe production/, chemical /chemical materials/ production, food processing/production, carpet production, auto remote services, etc.

Project facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the ‘’WorkBook’’ to the meeting participants which will support in further Green Club works, and also she explained in details the functions the implementation of which will be simplified by the help of this publication.  The participants with the assistance of the facilitator filled up the self-assessment sheets of the first two modules: Company Environmental Profile and Energy Efficiency and analyzed the present situation and challenges meet by their companies.

Later on UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan introduced Module 3 on “Water & Waste Water” for businesses. Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the main points regarding the Module 3. She also pointed what concrete actions must be undertaken by SMEs to eliminate the Water use and Waste Water. Energy efficiency has many privileges which were appropriately presented point by point to SMEs to make sure that they feel the importance of this issue, and will be willing to apply it in their business operations. The followings were presented in that context:

The next Green club was aimed at presenting the next module on water and wastewater, self-assessment discussions among green club member organizations. The national facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan provided  technical content on water and wastewater, presenting the problems related to the water use, opportunities and benefits, main reasons for inefficient water use and suggested solutions. During the discussions issues related to water resources in Dilijan city were arisen. The following issues were underscored during the discussion:

  • water supplied in Dilijan city is of low quality, containing heavy metals and hazards
  • in some buildings and institutions the water is only cleaned through the drainage system
    • no proper filters are installed to ensure the high quality and clarity of the water
    • there is a significant loss in the number of people staying at Dilijan Resort in recent years because of the low quality of the water supplied there

They also added that facial steps are not yet taken to improve the quality of water supplied in the whole city.

During the workshop the participants handled practical assignments with exercises on water profiles and use of water resources within production cycles by SMEs. SMEs were handed a worksheets to complete it with data related to water profile of their companies with scaling grades. The meeting was summarized and feedback received.

So, it was added that, later on, by the help of RECP audits done by national experts the data will be calculated and recommendations will come out accordingly. At the end of session Green Club Facilitator explained the next steps of Green Club, assignments for the next workshop and data collection on energy in the participant’s organizations.

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16

Apr

RECP Green business club in Hrazdan: Modul 1 Environmental Profile
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Introduction of the green business club to the members: main purpose of the meeting

National coordinator has presented the main objectives of the RECP demonstration component, as well as the main purpose of the Green club – benefits for the SMEs include reduction of costs in terms of material input, reduction of energy and water expenses, possibilities of reduction of waste and leakage within the production cycle. Bread, carpet production, shoe production, cheese, nickel production, auto service SMEs were present to the green club meeting in Hrazdan.

Dshkhuhi Sahakyan has introduced the benefits of the RECP to be introduced during the sessions of the Green clubs. The package of RECP Green club, including the evaluation forms, RECP primer, modules on RECP environmental profile were introduced. During the session examples of waste and by-product use were presented to the listeners, for example business case on bread (lavash) production where returned bread was used to produce crushed paqsimat (crushed bread to be used in the cooking).

Business cases on energy efficiency were introduced to the SMEs, including possibilities of using renewable energy sources and reduction of costs within SMEs, technology change within the production cycles, etc.

Waste reduction or alternative, innovative use of waste was introduced and discussed during the meeting.

Undertaking business means facing and calculating the risks of business start-ups. Risks are lack of support to the local SMEs, business support programs. Participants have mentioned the risks, as well as lack of assistance from state for business start-ups.

SME participants showed their increasing interest in the topics and issues raised during the workshop relating to organizational various sectors in which improvements and adjustments can be made to increase efficiency, decrease costs and gain more consumer interest towards the products and services.

Hrazdan RECP club SME feedback and questions raised:

  • The producers (SMEs) of Hrazdan to consider non waste/recycling options within their production cycle,
  • RECP as a key effective mechanism to shorten the emissions of CO2, using energy efficiency and GHG emissions by business sector
  • Lots of raw materials and other products are being wasted, and are thrown away. RECP is called to support re-use of the wasted material
  • Pollution – waste burning, air pollution, lack of awareness and knowledge on waste management and recycling
  • No funding opportunities and other motivational mechanisms for SMEs to invest with obtainable conditions for going green and decreasing the environmental damage (less pollution/emissions, wastes, chemicals)
  • Lack of existing infrastructure and up to date technologies/financial constraints
  • RECP can serve as a methodology and practice in prevention of chemical pollution and accumulation of waste, also including reduction of air, water and other types of pollution occurring throughout production cycles in industries.

SME representatives also shared with their business management experience. According to them they are more or less familiar with innovative energy efficiency solutions, mainly about LED lightening, but they are still not applying these innovations with a large scale to their business administrative buildings and areas, as they do not possess calculated data on energy saving for comparison and decision making. So, it was added that, later on, by the help of RECP audits done by national experts the data will be calculated and recommendations will come out accordingly.

Most of the participants raised issues related to lack of financing. According to them most of the technological, innovative changes are not made because they are lacking in financial means, funding. They also mentioned that in case of having proper financial means they would accept the recommendations done by RECP experts.

The meeting was summarized and the participants expressed their willingness to gain more information and knowledge on better business management in terms of resource efficiency and cleaner production.

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08

Apr

Second Phase of Green Clubs Launched in Kotayq and Lori Regions of Armenia
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The aim of the UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component project implemented in Eastern Partnership Countries (EaP GREEN), including in Armenia, is to improve the environmental practice and resource efficiency of SMEs in target industrial sectors contributing to sustainable industrial development, employment and income increase, particularly, in agricultural/food, chemicals and construction materials production sectors. The Green Club component of the project is aimed to implement large scale assessment of effectiveness of various materials, energy resource use and, as well as environmental impact in order to increase the resource use effectiveness and to invest cleaner production ideology.

RECP club work aims to develop and test a model a reliable support model for organizations, mainly small businesses companies, which should be scalable and replicable after initial testing in both regions.

The second phase has been launched within this component. Hrazdan city, Kotayq Region and Vanadzor City, Lori Region, have been selected by the working team along with the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, EAP GREEN national responsible person Mr. Khachik Hakobyan and project National Coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan.

On April 8, 2016 in Vanadzor city the first meeting with city local authority representatives Deputy Mayor Mr. Norik Sardaryan, Director of the Project Implementation Office, Ms. Lilia Davtyan, SMEs and active NGO representatives took place.

 As a result of a joint discussion agreements were reached regarding the duration of the project, timetable, mutual obligations and agreements. The meeting participants were presented to the implementation process of the meeting and the upcoming meetings. The initial list of potential ‘’Green Club’’ participant SMEs was discussed with the local authority representatives. Opportunities for the cooperation with media were also discussed which will promote the expansion of the information about the project and awareness rising. At the end of the meeting agreement was signed between the Head of Vanadzor City Urban Community of Lori region, RA, Mr. Samvel Darbinyan and UNIDO ‘’Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production’’ (RECP) demonstration project National Coordinator, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan.

Vanadzor – is the provincial center of Lori and the largest city in the region. It is located in the northern part of Armenia and is the third largest city of the republic. The number of permanent population is 85,700. Vanadzor has a diversified industrial orientation. There are chemical, light, machinery and equipment, food, wood processing and furniture manufacturing enterprises and enterprises from other sectors. Vanadzor is one of the largest cities of the republic; more than 36% of the region population and 62% of urban population is concentrated in Vanadzor city. The city has developed infrastructures and is considered to be a milestone of interstate highways. In the provincial center of the Lori is focused also the majority of 80% of trade (both wholesale and retail) and other services. The town is also considered as the social, health and education center of the region.

Hrazdan city – is the center of Kotayq.  It is located in the north-eastern part of Armenia. The city is edged with Pambak mountain chains from the north, and from south-west with Tsaghkunyac Mountains. East border crosses Geghama chain up to Goutanasar peak.

Hrazdan River flows through the city. Marmarik and Aghveran runnels flow into the river.

Hrazdan is the one of the main industrial and energy centers of the republic. Here are the Hrazdan TPP, cement, plastic, machinery equipment factories. Residents of Hrazdan are also engaged in carpet weaving, animal husbandry and dairy production. The community is located at 1600-1750 m above sea level. The population of Hrazdan is approximately 61,0 thousand people.

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04

Apr

Third RECP Stakeholder Forum on Water Use Efficiency in Small and Medium Enterprises took place in Armenia
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Green third RECP Stakeholder Forum on Water Use Efficiency in Small and Medium Enterprises took place in Armenia in the frames of UNIDO ‘’Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production’’ (RECP) Demonstration project of EAP. The forum took place on 04th of April, starting at 12:00, in Nairi meeting hall of “Ani Plaza Hotel” in Yerevan.

The stakeholder forum was aimed at furtherly debating and enriching RECP by sharing experiences and perspectives from business sector enterprises, companies, government representatives, civil society as well as stimulate cooperation and discussions among those on practical solutions and applications of RECP. RECP stakeholder forum was organized to instill trust and facilitate understanding between stakeholders, SMEs and decision-makers. The report on RECP third forum can be downloaded here.

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30

Mar

2016 1/Quarterly Newsletter on EAP Green UNIDO Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production in Armenia
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In the frames of UNIDO ”Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production” Project second phase 2016 1/Quaterly Newsletter has been developed and published by RECP national office. The newsletter has been dissaminated among RECP stakeholders, cooperators, SMEs, NGOs and other interested parties for the brief description of the activities and events that have been organized and carried out in the frames of the ”RECP” project in 2015 and 2016.

In this issue we have provided information about:

● First Stakeholder forum on Energy Efficiency for Armenian SMEs took place

● Second Stakeholder forum: Presentation of the new publication promoting green business development in Armenia – RECP Primer

● Strengthening National Capacities on Cleaner Production and Resource Efficiency Introductory Training on RECP Assessments in Demonstration Companies, Phase 2

● UNIDO RECP has launched the first round of Green Clubs in the regions of Armenia, helping SMEs to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and come up with innovative ideas and save money

● 11 Rapid Assessments in Green Club member SMEs

● Ministries of Nature Protection, Natural Resources and Energy, Economy, Agriculture and Urban Development joined the efforts of RECP and collaborated within Stakeholder Forums of UNIDO RECP (November/December 2015)

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14

Mar

Brussels hosts the EU Eastern Partnership countries’ to the ‘Green Economy’ contribution / EaP GREEN / 5th session
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On February 10-11, in Brussels,  Deputy Minister of the Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan participates in the EU Eastern Partnership countries to the ‘Green Economy’ contribution>> / EaP GREEN / 5th  session.

Green economy investment policy is aimed at supporting the 6 countries of the Eastern Partnership for the transition to ‘green’ model of economic development, overcoming direct dependence of the economic growth on the environment degradation and waste of natural resources.

Within the framework of the Eastern Partnership countries Minister Hakobyan noted in his speech  that within the framework of Green economy investment ‘’Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production’’ (RECP) Project Steering Committee meeting was held in Yerevan in April, which discussed the program’s activities and results, as well as the idea of ​​creating RECP center. RECP center will offer consulting services and develop new resource efficiency and cleaner production technologies and ‘green economy’ strategy ‘.

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09

Feb

Primer on ”Resource efficiency and cleaner production” for SME support and green business development in Armenia

For its prosperity, creation of competitive product every business company operating in the market needs investment of ecologically safe, methods, means and tools accepted by the world, and the primer for ‘’RECP for SMEs’’ will assist for this objective. Primer on ”Resource efficiency and cleaner production ” has been elaborated within the framework of cooperation on “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Demonstration” project of UNIDO and REC Caucasus Armenia National Office, based on methodology targeting green economy promotion in the business sector. The Primer creates large opportunities for the implementation of ‘’better, cheaper, quicker’’ strategic objective within the business sector targeted by any company operating in a competitive marketplace. RECP applies proven preventive environmental approaches for improved resource productivity (reduced manufacturing costs and materials, use of energy and water), reduced environmental impact (less waste, emissions and pollution) and improved occupational and public health and safety.

By mainstreaming RECP into business and production cycle it will become possible to support and achieve

  • reduction of production and technology costs
  • increase of work effectiveness
  • possible improvement of the product quality
  • reduction of waste and air pollution costs
  • possible improvement of production conditions
  • improvement of the company`s status in different negotiation processes
  • Improvement of public opinion about the company.

We are hopeful that Primer will be become a practical tool for small and medium enterprises to improve enterprise performance by production of cleaner and more competitive products, as well as through efficient management of resources.

 

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22

Dec

RECP Project Second Stakeholder forum Presentation of the Primer on ”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production for SMEs”
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The second Stakeholder Forum in the frames of the UNIDO ‘’Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production’’ demonstration component project took place on 22 of December, 2015, in the Conference Hall of ‘’Hyatt Place’’, Yerevan, Armenia. The forum was attended by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of RA, Mr. Armen Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Urban Development, Ms. Ruzan Alaverdyan and Deputy Head of SME department of the Ministry of Economy, Ms. Gayane Gevorgyan, Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, RECP National Coordinator, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, SME representatives involved in RECP assessment, UNIDO RECP national experts from the project first and second phases, NGOs and International organization representatives and RECC team members.                                   

The main goal of the ”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” project stakeholder forum was to domesticate and support in the investment of RECP expertise, methods and tools in Armenia.

Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan welcomed the participants of the forum and noticed the importance of the forum where major topics and issues are going to be discussed.

Deputy Minister of Urban Development, Ms. Ruzanna Alaverdyan also welcomed the forum participants and added that the ministry will do all the possible things to assist in the successful successful domestication of RECP in Armenian SMEs.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture of RA, Mr. Armen Harutyunyan also welcomed the forum participants and expressed his willingness to listen to all the parties’ opinions.

Head of UNIDO operations in Armenia Ms. Anahit Simonyan thanked the participants of the forum and mentioned the importance of green economy for developing countries and, thus, the importance of domestication of RECP in Armenian SMEs which will further develop their activities with the help of RECP mentality. She also expressed her gratitude towards the presence and active cooperation among different parties, representatives of ministries, SMEs, and other institutions which makes the cooperation more effective and result oriented.

After her warm welcoming UNIDO RECP National Coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan pointed the importance for the SMEs to use RECP methodologies and to create their everyday business mentality based on those methodologies. The RECP must be as accessible and understandable for SMEs as possible so that they will be able to apply it in their business operations and for this purpose the Primer on ”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production for SMEs” has been created and domesticated for Armenia. The Primer is yet to be worked on to make it more easy-to-understand. She mentioned also that the RECP services will be furtherly set as paid services and those business companies who will have the willingness can apply it in their operations later on.

UNIDO RECP communication and outreach expert Mr. Tigran Sekoyan presented the need and the importance of the Primer for the SMEs. He mentioned particularly that for its prosperity, creation of competitive product every business company operating in the market needs investment of ecologically safe, methods, means and tools accepted by the world, and the primer for ‘’RECP for SMEs’’ will assist for this objective. He introduced the details on the Primer. He added that the Primer was well worked on to make it available and understandable for SMEs.

Business case presentations were held in diary production and RECP benefits for SMEs with a focus on improved material use and waste management practices. SMEs on current challenges were discussed: cost of the produce, use of materials, quality and organic agriculture (RosFrud).

8. It was mentioned that a law for the cooperatives has been adopted by the National Assembly of RA, according to which the development of organic economy must be stimulated. Activities were presented and SME involvement in RECP Green clubs by the RECP national facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan.

9. The R2E2 Foundation Director Ms. Tamara Babayan focused on issue of illegal use of resources, particularly electricity is one of the major concerns which we need to pay attention to and to develop mechanisms to withdraw those SMEs out of the shadow. In particular she mentioned that those mechanisms must be implemented through

- cooperation with ISO5001

- changing the financial loans given to SMEs into green loans

- eco-design

Deputy Minister of Agriculture of RA, Mr. Armen Harutyunyan added that new events for the organic agriculture are going to be carried in the center of Yerevan, in Northern Avenue, which will be aimed at informing and awareness rising for organic farming. Also he mentioned that awareness rising activities are going to be held in all the regions of RA on green economy. Mechanisms need to be created for the development of green economy and organic agriculture to promote it in Armenia and have more farmers involved in organic production.

The President of ‘’Green Lane’’ Agricultural Assistance NGO, Ms. Nune Sarukhanyan added that it is planned to create a green educational center during 2016.

Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan also added that there is a need to create a platform with the cooperation of technological companies in Armenia to think about innovative solutions to be offered to business companies for the development of more productive and effective business.

Possibilities were discussed for co-operation with banks and finding RECP solutions for SMEs to green and improve production cycles. The country expert of INOGATE, Mr. Levon Vardanyan added that flexible financial tools must be created for crediting of RECP.

The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan added that there are already some steps planned to be taken according to this issue. They are already in the discussion process.

For its prosperity, creation of competitive product every business company operating in the market needs investment of ecologically safe, methods, means and tools accepted by the world, and the primer for ‘’RECP for SMEs’’ will assist for this objective.

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18

Dec

Ararat UNIDO RECP Last Green Club Took Place on 18 of December 2015
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The last workshop in the frames of UNIDO RECP Green Club in Ararat city took place on 18th of December, 2015 which was called to present the Action Plan for SMEs in Ararat. The Green club members were presented the development of Action Plan by elaboration, screening and definition of RECP options on energy, water conservation, reduction of waste volume and/or its pollutant load, input material conservation, waste minimization, chemical efficient and responsible use, hazardous waste minimization, emissions reduction for developing an action plan.

An Incentive for SMEs to go Green: the main aim of any businessman is to get high profits and the incentive here is to use RECP methodologies to increase product competitiveness following the world environmental and food safety requirements which affect consumers’ product choices. The companies reaching higher production standards get green certificates, green labelling thus they are more preferable by the consumers.

Preparing an Individual Action Plan for Business: the RECP Green Club member organizations need to know the last steps for developing individual Action Plans for their businesses as it is a process that helps to focus in an idea and decide what steps are needed to achieve goals.

The Action Plan must be based on RECP already learnt options during all six Green Club sessions regarding the effective resource use, environmentally friendly production, cleaner production, waste management, economic and financial savings and wise use of material resources.

Action Plans were distributed to the SMEs in Dilijan Green Clubs to identify and fill the Plan for each of the business they are working in, identifying key aspects of RECP, and required actions to be taken.

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17

Dec

UNIDO National Coordinator on RECP in Armenia Conducts Field visits to Green club member companies in Dilijan for RECP rapid assessment: Dilijan resort
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RECP National coordinator Nune Harutyunyan, together with the RECP team visited the Dilijan resort hotel for conducting RECP rapid assessment on 2nd of December 2015. Dilijan resort has been actively participating in the Green clubs of Dilijan, and in accordance to preliminary agreement, suggested a filed visit to the venue, namely to the laundry, craftsman shop and to the bakery of the resort. Ms. Harutyunyan has discussed the laundry cleaning process and energy use, chemical use and wastewater treatment within the laundry, as well as lighting and challenges faced by laundry workers.

NPC Ms. Harutyunyan has interviewed the laundry and bakery workers, and identified potential improvement opportunities in terms of improved production, cleaning service, use of electricity, reduction of costs of water and energy, as well as the workforce. Ms. Harutyunyan will be developing options for RECP as a rapid assessment for Dilijan resort. Options will be clarified and presented to the management of the company.

Laundry room, crafts production and bakery: of Dilijan Resort in Dilijan, Armenia. RECP options for saving energy and improving cleaning process were identified by National Coordinator and the team.

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17

Dec

Dilijan UNIDO RECP GREEN CLUB 17th December, 2015
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Green club session on Action Plan for SMEs in Dilijan has started from the overview of the Green clubs review in Dilijan conducted within 2915. Natural resource use, environmental impact, description of environmental challenges, waste management (opportunities or new innovative product development), Energy efficiency measures for SMEs, combined RECP approaches useful for optimization and improved production cycles within SMEs as a result of application of RECP, economic/financial savings, wise use of material resources and by –products.

Green labeling: necessary to change mentality of producers to improve understanding and provide population and market with cleaner, eco-friendly products, certified as eco-friendly products

Green certification: is getting closed and more popular within the larger consumer groups, since most of the consumers pay attention to the cleaner, more environmentally friendly, health-wise adequate products.

SMEs: the change of mentality of consumers dictates the necessary changes of mentality of SMEs to become more aware on environmentally friendly, cleaner technologies and practices used within their production cycles, used for marketing purposes.

Monitoring: ISO 2000 certificated producers are being monitored by the subsequent monitoring commission to provide adequate standards of their products.

Action plan: to help identification of possible RECP application options for SMEs involved in Green clubs. Advancing skills on action planning, RECP practical aspects, reduction of waste, emissions, use of materials, energy efficiency and energy bill cuts, use of new ideas and innovations for identifying new marketing possibilities and creation of new products, assurance of quality and clean production methodologies to improve environmental performance and compliance of business companies.

Action Plans were distributed to the SMEs in Dilijan Green Clubs to identify and fill the Plan for each of the business they are working in, identifying key aspects of RECP, and required actions to be taken.

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08

Dec

Second Capacity-building Training for RECP National Experts in Armenia
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UNIDO RECP team and REC Caucasus Armenia have organized the second capacity-building training for local RECP national expert pool within the frames of UNIDO “Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production” (RECP) Program of EAP Green from 8-10th December in Yerevan, at REC Caucasus national office.

The aim of the second capacity-building exercise is to present and analyze RECP – Resource efficiency and cleaner production assessment methodology, instruments and application for Armenian RECP experts` a national pool of experts who are working on RECP assessments in different SMEs in the field of food, beverage, chemical production, construction materials (deliver value-added RECP services to Armenian enterprises in particular in the priority industry sectors. Training has covered the following topics:

  • RECP Options for Materials and Waste Minimization
  • RECP Options for Water and Effluent Minimization
  • RECP Options for Energy Efficiency
  • RECP Options for Chemicals Management
  • Feasibility Studies
  • RECP Management

UNIDO RECP project national coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan presented the work conducted by project and progress of RECP assessments done in cooperation with Armenian business companies committed to RECP (please, visit www.recp.am for more information on initiative).

The training consisted of two parts: module presentation by international RECP expert Mr. Nazir Abidjanov and national expert presentations covering conducted RECP assessment results and preliminary RECP options identified for the business companies. At the end of each presentation there was a “question & answer” session.

The modules presented by the international expert Mr. Abidjanov, were aimed to introducing the main objectives, methodology by which the experts need to further implement the project in the Demo companies, in order to elaborate RECP options for SMEs working in chemical production (PVC and poly laminate capsules, SLI lead-acid batteries for vehicles), electronics   - thin-film temperature sensors, GPRS modem-controller, basalt fiber manufacturing,  manufacturing of shoes, food and beverage production (dairy products, jams, preserves, marinades, juices, cheese, canned meat, bottled spring water and lemonades).

Experts discussed and focused on national level case studied on RECP application and elaboration of RECP options for the fish canning factory, including input material use, resource efficiency, energy and material efficiency issues within the context of acceptable and realistic RECP applications.

RECP experts introduced preliminary reports and RECP options introducing review of the overall situation in the companies they work with. One of the main targets of performed assessments/audits was to find out the production processes where the resources were used ineffectively and eliminate those, also finding out the technologies and alternative ways of using those resources more effectively.

According to the experts the RRR principle would be also an incentive to expand the business and gain financial benefit. The latter would be the most important incentive for the companies to implement the project.

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09

Nov

RECP Green Club on Module 3: Water and Wastewater in the Dilijan city, 9th of November, 2015
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On 9th of November RECP team organized the third RECP Green Club in Dilijan city of Armenia which took place in ‘’Aarhus’’ center. The next green club was aimed at presenting the next module on water and wastewater, as well as making self-assessment discussions among green club member organizations. The national facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan gave the technical content on water and wastewater, presenting the problems related to the water use, opportunities and benefits, main reasons for inefficient water use and suggested solutions. Discussions were held among the participating organizations. During the discussions issues related to water resources in Dilijan city were arisen. The following issues were arisen during the discussion:

  • water supplied in Dilijan city is of low quality, containing heavy metals and hazards
  • in some buildings and institutions the water is only cleaned through the drainage system
  • ensure the high quality and clarity of the water
  • there is a significant loss in the number of people staying at Dilijan Resort in recent years because of the low quality of the water supplied there

They also added that facial steps are not yet taken to improve the quality of water supplied in the whole city.

During the workshop the participants were handled practical assignments with exercises on water profile. On the handled sheet they were required to complete the table related to water profile of their companies with scaling grades. The meeting was summarized and feedback received.

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26

Oct

RECP Green Club on Module 2: Energy, in the Ararat city, 26th of October, 2015
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The next round of the local RECP Green Clubs in the Ararat city RECP team has launched on 26 October, 2015. The participating organizations were engaged in gold, vodka/beverage, juice, bakery and bread production, construction appliances, cheese and diary production, asphalt production, cement, caustic soda production. Green club was held in Ararat city “House of culture”.

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, RECP Armenia National Coordinator, has overviewed of previous session on Module 1 Environmental profile and introduction of Module 2 Energy Efficiency, as well as introduced RECP benefits for business in applying Energy Efficiency measures.

UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan has introduced Module 2Energy efficiency for businesses, involving SMEs into discussion and question/answer session.

UNIDO National expert, RECP communication and outreach expert Mr.Tigran Sekoyan has moderated discussion in the energy efficiency for SMEs, describing methods used for energy efficiency needs and identification of potential improvements, introducing new worksheet on energy efficiency and cost reduction for SMEs.

At the end of session Green Club Facilitator explained the next steps of Green Club, assignments for the next workshop and data collection on energy in the participant’s organizations.

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23

Oct

First UNIDO RECP Stakeholder forum on Energy Efficiency for SMEs took place on 30th of October, in Ararat city

UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Component project organized the First RECP Stakeholder forum on Energy Efficiency within the context of RECP application for Small and Medium Businesses in Armenia. The forum took place on 30th of October, in the House of Culture of Ararat City, RA. The forum was attended by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural resources of RA Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan, Head of Energy Saving and Technical Normative division of the Ministry of Energy and Natural resources Mr. Hayk Badalyan, Ararat City Mayor Mr. Hayk Haykyan, Head of UNIDO operations in Armenia Ms. Anahit Simonyan, representatives of international organizations, including IFC, ARMSEFF, INOGATE, UNIDO RECP Ararat Green Club members, UNIDO RECP experts, SME representatives, representatives of institutes and laboratories, NGOs and the Regional Environmental Centre of Caucasus team members, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, Mr. Tigran Oganezov, Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan, Ms. Tamara Hakobyan. The forum was aimed at enriching RECP by sharing experiences and perspectives, from enterprises, governments, and civil society at large. RA Ministries of Environment, Economy, Energy and Natural Resource, Agriculture, leading civil society organizations and experts attended RECP forum to instill trust and facilitate understanding between stakeholder groupings, allowing momentum and partnerships for adapting and adopting RECP to naturally develop and mature. Regional Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Programme for Eastern Partnership Countries is called for scaling up resource efficient and cleaner production (CP) in small businesses through RECP Clubs for small enterprises.

The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of RA, Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy of RA, Mr. Garegin Melkonyan and Head of United Nations Industrial Development Organization Operations, Ms. Anahit Simonyan welcomed the participants of the stakeholder forum and expressed their expectations from the organized forum. UNIDO RECP National coordinator, Ms. Nune Haruytunyan also welcomed the participants of the forum and presented the importance of the energy efficient use for the country, its role and necessity in the RECP context. RECP National coordinator Ms. Nune Haruytunyan and RECP communication and outreach expert, Mr. Tigran Sekoyan presented the aims and objectives of the effective and clean business directory, the role of the energy efficiency for the business. RECP facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the best practices of ‘’Kashi’’ OJSC, where she made expert assessments during the first RECP project phase. She introduced the assessment results from the visits.

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan presented the key activities leading to green economy, introduced RECP project, RECP methods and tools, improved housekeeping, better production process control, equipment modification, technology change, recycle and reuse of materials, useful byproduct and product modification.

Thematical discussions were held; questions and answers, as well as recommendations were arisen during the forum among the representatives of different sectors and units about energy efficiency, cleaner production, state level policies, innovations, technologies, financial and economic tools, certificates for green businesses, etc. Some of the major recommendations and suggestions arisen during the thematical discussions were the followings:

- The Chairman of Republic Union of Employers of RA, Mr. Gagik Makaryan suggested internationalizing the business organizations based on ISO standards accepted in the international markets.

- Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan suggested developing policy for the application of Re materials` source Efficient and Cleaner Production in SMEs and giving them certificates which will demonstrate the proper performance of the organization based on RECP accepted standards. He also mentioned that the certificate should provide long-term tangible results, thus there must be a unit which will monitor the performance of those organizations to comply with the requirements.

- Ararat City Mayor, Mr. Hayk Haykyan suggested to financially support communities, especially the smaller ones, which are lacking in own financial resources to implement improvements in terms of energy efficiency (replacement of the traditional lightening on the roads with energy efficient ones, modification of technologies wasting too much energy).

- To the suggestion of one of the participants of the forum about promoting financial tools in the market Head of Energy Saving and Technical Normative division of the Ministry of Energy and Natural resources Mr. Hayk Badalyan replied that the financial tools will enter the market from the next year and will rapidly grow as it will be available to many organizations.

- Expert on energy efficiency and renewable energy of R2E2 foundation, Mr. Hrant Ter-Gabrielyan mentioned that there are gaps in the estimations done in organizations or public institutions which indirectly affect the savings. He also added that in case of green certificates the number of economic tools will increase in the market.

- Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural resources of RA, Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan added that the financial tools are also entering the market and that the risks on energy saving loans will change over time.

- The National Coordinator of ‘’Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production’’ project, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan found it mandatory to include RECP based education in educational system, starting from kindergartens to give primary information on RECP to students.

- UNIDO Head of Operations, Ms. Anahit Simonyan mentioned that there is a problem of new technologies and innovations in majority of organizations.

Other suggestions and recommendations included setting green filter as a clean production tool; rising awareness on energy efficiency through newsletters, booklets, educational programs, creating collective partnership conditions (the document already exists on this issue) and using it as a platform, promoting energy audit service.

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan gave information about the key topics and forums. She invited the participants to take part in the planned forums for the next topics. The main points arisen during the forum were summarized and there were expectations to have some tangible results in energy efficient and cleaner production in near future.

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09

Oct

RECP GREEN CLUB in Dilijan city, Armenia
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RECP team launched the first RECP Green Club in Dilijan city, Armenia, on 9th of October, 2015. The green club was held in Dilijan ‘’Aarhus’’ center. The participating organizations were engaged in various industrial sectors, production of construction materials, mineral water, cheese production, production of traditional lavash bread.  SMEs have introduced areas of their activity as well as their profile, business management systems and production of goods, economic challenges. The participant organizations of the green club were:

  • ‘’Levon Avagyan’’ SP
  • Bakery of lavash
  • ‘’Dili’’ LLC
  • ‘’Ecopolis’’ NGO
  • ‘’Dilijan mineral water’’ factory
  • ‘’Dilnetservice’’ NGO
  • ‘’Ecological life’’ NGO

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, RECP Armenia National Coordinator, has introduced the main idea on establishment of RECP Green Clubs, which will introduce practical aspects of application of RECP, economic and environmental impact of RECP, waste management, energy efficiency, waste water treatment and re-use of materials and resources in production cycle, as well as presented the main strategic directions of RECP Green clubs based on RECP Primer.

UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan has introduced Module 1 Environmental profile for businesses, involving SMEs into discussion and question/answer session.

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08

Oct

RECP GREEN CLUB in Ararat, Armenia
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Participating organizations

  • Ararat cement company (cement production)
  • Abrikon LTD – alcohol (vodka, wine production)
  • Arminashogh LTD (pastry, bread production)
  • Maximella LTD (construction materials)
  • Arame and Sophi LTD Diary Production
  • Kavashen LTD (construction materials)
  • Galiq LTD (beverages)
  • Ararat chanshin construction company (asphalt production)
  • Representatives of communal department of
  • Municipality of Ararat
  • Representatives of local media

RECP team has launched the first round of the local RECP Green Clubs in the city of Ararat, Armenia, on 8 October, 2015, in close cooperation with local municipality, city Mayor Mr. Haik Haikyants, as well as local SMEs representatives and local business organizations engaged in gold, vodka/beverage, juice, bakery and bread production, construction appliances, cheese and diary production, asphalt production, cement, caustic soda production. SMEs have introduced areas of their activity, as well as their profile, business management systems and production of goods, economic challenges. Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, RECP Armenia National Coordinator, has introduced the main idea on establishment of RECP Green Clubs, which will introduce practical aspects of application of RECP, economic and environmental impact of RECP, waste management, energy efficiency, waste water treatment and re-use of materials and resources in production cycle, as well as presented the main strategic directions of RECP Green clubs based on RECP Primer.

UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan has introduced Module 1 Environmental profile for businesses, involving SMEs into discussion and question/answer session: the following challenges and aspects were covered:

Ararat RECP club SME feedback and questions raised

  • Local SME/producers to consider non waste /recycling options within their production cycle,
  • Climate change mitigation/adaptation: RECP as a key effective mechanism to shorten the emissions of
  • CO2, using energy efficiency and GHG emissions by business sector.
  • Issue of waste: lots of produce is being wasted, and is thrown away. RECP is called to support re-use of the wasted material, like use of outdated diary production in the baking and other industries
  • Chemical waste: licensing for conservation of the toxic waste is still absent in the country, no specific authority is assigned with this function
  • Business development swirl model: development of new products based on RECP
  • Environment and business development: pollution (waste burning, air pollution, lack of awareness and knowledge on waste management and recycling)
  • Lack of existing infrastructure and up to date technologies/financial constraints
  • RECP can serve as a methodology and practice in prevention of chemical pollution and accumulation of waste, also including reduction of air, water and other types of pollution occurring throughout production cycles in industries, especially those dealing with chemical and construction materials.

Meeting with Ungeni mayor and Ararat Mayor

Ararat 2015 RECP team together with Ararat Mayor Mr. Haikiants hosted a meeting with mayor of Ungeni, Moldova, Mr. Alexander Ambros who visited Ararat recently. Both cities discussed the Green club experiences, Ungeni has shared their experience in applying RECP specifically with regarding to waste and recycling.

Meeting with Ararat Mayor Haikiants on 08.10.2015

UNIDO RECP team has met with Ararat Mayor Mr. Haikiants and shared insights and feedback of the first RECP Green club, as well as feedback and motivation of local SMEs in employing RECP within their practices. Mayor has raised the importance of participation and practical application of RECP, as well as possibility for local business to employ practical application on Green Clubs, using self- assessment, valuation of resources, economic and environmental factors having their impact on businesses and environment of the city, importance of energy efficiency and innovation drawn upon application of RECP in the city of Ararat. Mr. Mayor has confirmed his commitment to support further Green clubs and association activities of UNIDO RECP team.

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05

Oct

UNIDO Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Green Clubs in Ararat and Dilijan cities, Armenia

UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component project www.recp.am is being implemented in the frames of Partnership for Environment and Growth (EaP GREEN) financed by the European Union. Regional Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Programme for Eastern Partnership Countries is called for scaling up resource efficient and cleaner production (CP) in small businesses through RECP Clubs for small and medium SMEs/enterprises.

RECP project in Armenia is being implemented by the Armenian National Office of the Regional Environmental Centre for Caucasus www.rec-caucasus.am. RECP club component includes foundation of ‘’RECP Green Clubs’’ in pilot Ararat and Dilijan cities of Armenia, and later on, replication of current RECP approach in other cities and regions for inclusion of local SMEs dealing with food, beverage, construction and chemical production into RECP assessment cycle in support to more efficient use of resources, improved performance and economic benefits, innovative ideas for waste management and recycling, reduction of energy costs, targeting support to SMEs. The principal idea of a RECP Club is to bring together up to a dozen small businesses from the same region and take them jointly through an intensive training and coaching programme over a period of about 4 months, leading to a customized RECP action plan for all member companies on completion of the Club. The first two meetings in Ararat and Dilijan city will take place on 8th and 9th of October 2015 in collaboration with local municipalities who agreed to adapt green growth and promote RECP based on MOUs signed with RECP team.

‘’RECP Green Clubs’’ in the mentioned cities will be supported by relevant workshops for the neighboring community businesses on opportunities to undertake assessments of SMEs based on Resource efficient and cleaner production methodology (UNIDO). ‘’RECP Green Club’’ will implement twelve meetings in the selected cities in three months with participation of local business organizations interested in RECP. The topics for the RECP Club meetings are going to cover the business environmental profile, energy, water and wastewater, materials and waste, chemicals and chemical waste, and RECP action plan to be developed jointly with local SMEs and REC C. The RECP club aims and objectives, expectations, technical contents related to the problems of resource efficiency and waste, opportunities and benefits, RECP concept and functions, problems and solutions are going to be presented by RECP project team.

SMEs will also be engaged in ‘’Developing RECP Action Plans’’ and together with RECP team will explore the needs and identify possible improvements within their own companies. More information on UNIDO RECP Demonstration component project can be found at www.recp.am. For queries please address RECP nune.harutyunyan@rec-caucasus.org.

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24

Jul

”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production”, UNIDO RECP Demonstration Component Project Training, Phase 2
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From 20-24th of July, the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus and UN Industrial Development Organization organized a four-day training for preliminary selected national experts in the framework of the UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) demonstration component project second phase.

The training took place in UN Conference Hall, Yerevan, Armenia. The training was carried out by the international expert Mr. Nazir Abidjanov. The training was attended by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr. John Barker, Head of UNIDO Operations of Armenia, Ms. Aanahit Simonyan, UNIDO RECP National Coordinator, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, RECP staff members and selected national experts.

The aim of the training was to present the training participants the project objectives and outputs, basic and advanced RECP methods and applications, and supportive/entrepreneurship topics. Mr. Abidjanov who is specialized on cleaner production conducted the training in order to deliver in a coordinated and sustainable manner RECP assessment, training, information, advisory and related services that are valuable to enterprises and other organizations considering that successful implementation of the RECP programme requires that groups of national experts in each EaP country can deliver RECP services to enterprises and other organizations in different regions and sectors in their home countries.

The training was launched by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, Mr. John Barker and Ms. Nune Harutyunyan. They expressed their opinions about the project, its benefits, importance for Armenia and the enterprises. They discussed the objectives of the project, outcomes from the first phase of the project.

International expert Nazir Abidjanov Mr. Nazir Abidjanov started the theoretical and practical part of the training by providing coherence understanding of RECP Methodology, mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production into national strategies: steps needed and nationally appropriate mechanisms for delivering value-adding RECP services to enterprises and SMEs. The whole presentation was accompanied with the case studies, success stories and various examples.

The following modules were presented by the trainer:
• RECP Concept and Practice
• RECP baseline and indicators
• RECP Assessment
• Motivation and team
• Initial assessment
• Detailed assessment

Post evaluation questionnaires were completed by the training participants after the presentations of group works at the end of the training. Additionally, national experts were asked to complete test prepared by Mr. Abidjanov to evaluate their knowledge on the given training. At the end of the training participants presented their recommendations for the training. Recommendations raised by participants were targeting project continuity as well as essentials key factors to create stable knowledge based background to expand the scope of project opportunities. Training participants also expressed their willingness to support effective project implementation and be involved in all stages of project intervention.

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28

Apr

”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” (RECP) National Steering Committee Meeting

SC meeting has been organized at UN conference hall, with participation of three deputy ministers: Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of RA, Mr. Haik Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Economy of RA, Mr. Garegin Melkonyan, Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief of Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, UNIDO, Ms. Anahit Simonyan Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, UNIDO RECP project national coordinator, Armenia, Mr. Tigran Oganezov,  UNIDO RECP project administrator.

Ms. Anahit Simonyan Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, welcomed and introduced the participants of the Steering Committee.

Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan and Mr. Tigran Oganezov also welcomed the participants and talked about the RECP demonstration project activities, results, progress and application examples in demonstration organizations.

The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan raised the issue of RECP website in the future and suggested to solve the issue of sustainability linking it to UNIDO or Ministry websites so that in the future it is maintained. Mr. Hakobyan has mentioned that some of the SME s (for example UNIFISH) are spending way too much water during the production cycle, and RECP could assist them to develop pilot project which can help save water for irrigation of the Ararat valley. He has mentioned that UNIFISH is ready to finance such activities. Mr. Hakobyan mentioned the necessity of technology transfer which can support the company for the improvement and effectiveness of production processes. Mr. Hakobyan in his speech also mentioned the importance of establishing Green Business RECP clubs.

Deputy Minister of Economy of RA, Mr. Garegin Melkonyan has raised the issue regarding RECP budget for Armenia for upcoming activities, and requested the timeframe and work plan. He has also underscored importance of the localization/adaptation of RECP for the local SMEs. Mr. Melkonyan has also suggested choosing the regions for dialogues and RECP clubs based on the number of SMEs which are to undergo the RECP audits. Deputy Minister has mentioned that Ministry is managing many international co-operation projects with different donor organizations, and this is a possibility to look into the closer co-operation opportunities between RECP and future pilot assistance projects with SMEs. Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of RA, Mr. Haik Harutyunyan has mentioned that energy audits are becoming obligatory for many SMEs, in case the suggested draft law will be adopted by Parliament. He has mentioned that EE loans will be available for SMEs and companies interested in greening /decreasing their energy loss, thus it might be a good idea to have this in mind during the project cycle and inform SMEs on this opportunity. It was mentioned that it would be good if UNIDO could assist with financing the pilots as a result of RECP assessments. He also has recommended looking into the feasibility studies produced by KFW on energy efficiency in buildings which are a good source of information. Suggestions and Recommendations RECP center: it was suggested that center would also incur function of legislative assistance and elaboration, awareness and information dissemination, hotline for SMEs. For this purpose Strategy of CP center should be elaborated. All three deputies mentioned that establishment of the Cleaner production or RECP center is a good idea, and agreed that the Terms of Reference should be developed on possible functions, set-up, institutional framework of the center, and after that the legal status should be discussed as well. Mr. Khachik Hakobyan raises the issue of creating  a platform based on Green Economy and development of a guideline and legislation, as well as information dissemination. Mr. Garegin Melkonyan mentioned that the experts must be linked to Cleaner Production center to ensure the sustainability. He  also suggest to use instruments from the Ministry of Economy. SMEs: Assistance funding of the projects, grants can be provided in addition to SMEs from the Ministry of Economy. It was suggested to organize Steering Committee Meetings once in six months. All Steering Committee members agreed upon this request.

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28

Apr

National Conference on UNIDO ”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” (RECP) Demonstration Component Project of the EAP Green Programme of the EU in Armenia
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On 28th of April National Conference was organized for “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production’’ (RECP) project in Armenia implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in co-operation with Regional environmental center for Caucasus, Armenia National Office and financed by the European Union (EU) within “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood” (EaP Green) initiative. The National Conference took place at ”Ani Plaza” hotel.

RECP conference discussed project progress and main results achieved, as well as the business cases on RECP demonstration component project of Armenia.

The conference was attended by Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief of Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, UNIDO, Mr. John Barker, International Aid/cooperation officer, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Dr Zinaida Fadeeva, Senior Specialist of Policy & Strategy at United Nations University, Professor Thomas Lindhqvist from Lund University, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, UNIDO RECP National Coordinator, Ms. Ruzanna Alaverdyan Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Urban Development, RA, representatives of SMEs, demonstration organizations which participated in RECP assessments, representatives of Regional Environmental Center of Caucasus, as well as large number of government agencies, civil society, experts, academia and professional industrial unions.

National Conference organizers mentioned that the aim of the conference is to gather representatives of SMEs, demonstration organizations chosen within the frames of the RECP project, as well as large number of government agencies, civil society, experts, academia and professional industrial unions.

International Aid/cooperation officer, Mr. John Barker also welcomed the participants. He emphasized on the importance of RECP project for the development of Armenian economy.

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Urban Development of RA, Ms. Ruzanna Alaverdyan greeted the conference participants and expressed her willingness to get introduced to the project results. Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, UNIDO RECP National Coordinator, welcomed the participants and emphasized on the importance of the project for the demonstration organizations.

Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Chief of Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, UNIDO talked about the importance of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) project for better enterprises, cleaner environment and green economy.

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, UNIDO RECP National Coordinator included in her speech the Progress and results achieved of the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Demonstration Project of the EaP GREEN Programme in Armenia.

The national experts working with the demonstration organizations in the first phase of the RECP project frames were given certificates, certifying the quality of the honorable work done in the organizations. The certificates were given to experts by Mr. John Barker, Mr. Rene Van Berkel, Ms. Anahit Simonyan and Ms. Nune Harutyunyan. UNIDO RECP, Administrator Mr. Tigran Oganezov presented the profiles of demonstration companies. Mr. Oganezov mentioned that the project phase was successfully accomplished by achieving significant results within the companies. The RECP project was highly useful for the companies to find out the areas where they were lacking in and getting experts` recommendations on how to improve those issues. Mr. Oganezov also mentioned all the demonstration organizations that were selected within the RECP project frames.

Mr. Oganezov`s speech was followed by the review of RECP assessments at the demonstration organizations carried out by RECP national experts. Along with the assessments the experts worked and developed business cases for each of the demonstration organizations involving comprehensive data and accurate calculations for energy, water, electricity and gas waste in the production processes, efficiency losses, priority management issues, opportunity losses for cost reduction and revenue increase.

Mr. Rene Van Berkel and UNIDO RECP National Coordinator, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan presented the project activities of RECP work plan of 2015-2016. Mr. Rene Van Berkel thanked all the participants for their active participation in the National Conference and expressed his willingness to cooperate in the near future to achieve more results at the national level.

the project.

The NFC was screened by several mass media and TV (Armenia TV, Ar TV, Ararat TV)

Armenia TV link http://www.armeniatv.am/hy/news/56092

Ar TV link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKeHZeSk-LA&feature=youtu.be

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27

Apr

Consultative Stakeholder Dialogue
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On 27th of April, 2015 RECP team has organized “RECP for manufacturing sector in Armenia” Consultative Stakeholder Dialogue. A consultative dialogue was called to further explore the relevance and benefits of RECP in Armenia, in the context of national development objectives and business interests, with a view to further foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development of the country.

The consultative dialogue was organized to draw on the expertise and insights of stakeholders representing government, business and civil society to customize and domesticate RECP to national context in Armenia, including business and government agendas, natural resource and environmental issues, business organization, language and culture. Venue for the dialogue has been selected as a result of market survey, which resulted with selection of Hyatt Place Yerevan hotel which provided catering, conference hall, equipment services.

To organize “RECP for manufacturing sector in Armenia” Consultative Stakeholder Dialogue REC Caucasus Armenia Branch Office had a meeting with Hyatt Place in Yerevan Hotel and received the offer from them. Received offer was sent to the UNIDO headquarter in Vienna for the further approval and payment.

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26

Jan

Review Training in the frames of ‘’Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production’’, UNIDO project
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On 26th and 27th of January, 2015 REC Caucasus Armenian branch office organized a Review Training in the frames of ‘’Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production’’, UNIDO project. The training was held in Armenian branch office of REC Caucasus. The aim of the Training was the review of RECP assessment results of demonstration organizations (DO) in Armenia. Review Training was attended by REC Caucasus Armenian branch office representatives, Chief of Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit of UNIDO in Vienna, Mr. Rene Van Berkel, and head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, and RECP national experts.

REC Caucasus, ABO director, Nune Harutyunyan welcomed all participants and announced the opening of the Review Training. Mr. Rene Van Berkel expressed his willingness to get introduced to the results achieved by national experts during their assessment in demonstration organizations. In the frames of the project were ten Demonstration Organizations have been chosen: “Marilla” LLC, ”Kashi” OJSC, “UNIFISH” LLC, “Agricultural Association Sateni”

Consumer Cooperative, “Ararat” Food Plant, “AshtarakDzu” LLC, ‘’M&MAVR’’ OSJC, “HATM” Ltd, “Agricultural Association Lukashin” Consumer Cooperative, “Arame&Sophi” Ltd. The experts introduced their RECP assessment results of demonstration organizations along with recommendations and solutions offered mainstreamed at increasing resource efficient use and cleaner production. Energy, electricity, water efficiency were the most concerning issues in the companies. Some Demo Organizations were lacking in good management for waste, resource efficient use, production process, etc. Mr. Rene Van Berkel evaluated the overall work done by the experts and their presentations on the first day of the training. He mentioned that all the recommendations suggested by the national experts for each demonstration organization were highly complying with RECP methodologies and will lead to production process efficiency increase and cost reduction which is a key motivating factor for the owners.

During the next day of the review training Mr. Rene Van Berkel, REC Caucasus ABO director Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, project national coordinator Mr. Tigran Oganezov, head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia Ms. Anahit Simonyan and local expert Mr. Tigran Sekoyan made a trip to ‘’Ashtarak Dzu’’ LLC Demonstration Organization. The CEO of the company Mr. Arthur Hambardzumyan and trip visitors discussed the work done by the experts. They discussed suggestions and recommendations done according to the assessment results regarding the efficiency issues for two new constructions blocks. The CEO of the company assured that they will bring into action all the ideas and recommendations done as a result of the experts work.

 

 

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26

Dec

REC Caucasus has assessed 10 SMEs for Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production-NEW DECEMBER 2014
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UNIDO RECP Demonstration Programme implemented by REC Caucasus Armenia National Office is aimed to improve resource productivity and environmental performance of businesses in agro/food processing, chemicals and construction materials’ sectors. RECP demonstrations are conducted for SMEs targeting food and beverage, chemical, construction materials. Armenian businesses benefit from RECP implementation through cost savings on energy, materials, waste and effluent disposal, improved compliance, and innovative products and services generated by the group of UNIDO RECP national experts. Currently, 10 SMEs have undergone Resource efficiency and Cleaner Production Assessments based on RECP methodology: National experts have measured loss of resources within production cycles, suggested corrective measures for each of the industries/sectors namely, natural juice, egg, diary production, production of ceramic materials, outlining energy, waste, water treatment and secondary use, improved cost-effectiveness and regular saving of resources and investments by SMEs.

 

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11

Sep

Second Training on UNIDO RECP
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REC Caucasus is organizing the second training within the frames of UNIDO RECP “Resource Efficiency and Celaner Production”(RECP) program, which will take place from 8 to 11 of September, 2014, in Yerevan, in the meeting hall of United Nations office.

The purpose of the training is to represent the Resource efficiency and cleaner production evaluation methodology, instrumentsand application for Armenian RECP experts` pool which will deliver value-adding RECP services to Armenian enterprises andother organizations, in particular in the priority industry sectors.

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12

Aug

RECP Project Awareness Seminar in Dilijan city, Tavush region, RA
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The aim of the awareness seminar was to share the objectives and outputs of the RECP project in Armenia with SMEs, local community, NGOs and active community members on potential activities of RECP in Armenian regions, as well as highlight the benefits of resource efficient, environmentally friendly business procedures and possible RECP applications for demonstration companies which were interested to run their business alongside with the principles of sustainable development and green economy: this approach could benefit in a long run in terms of lowering the costs of energy, saving resources , limiting or lowering the waste and emissions by applying UNIDO RECP methodology in practice. Awareness seminar was attended by the Dilijan city representatives, Ms. Ruzanna Harutyunyan, representative of the Ministry of Economy, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Ms.Nune Harutyunyan, UNIDO RECP Armenia National Coordinator, and REC C Director, as well as the team of RECP national experts. Awareness seminar has been organized at the local Aarhus center of Dilijan city.

After the brief introduction of strategic directions supporting resource efficiency, cleaner production, development of Green economy within the mandates of UNIDO, and Ministry of Economy, the project aims and objectives, as well as components and progress, including selection of sectors, demonstration company profiles, creation of local RECP expertise and potential for co-operation with relevant professional associations were introduced in the project presentation by National coordinator of RECP. Mr. Oganezov has presented the profiles of Demo companies, particularities of their engagement in the project, as well as benefits from the RECP application for the businesses involved in the project.

Discussions were quite active, local stakeholders were interested already in the starting phase of the project in both methodology, potential benefits for SMEs from RECP, eco-friendly approaches to development, and in particular, green business development and the economic /environmental impacts of the project: they also shared local experiences in waste management, raised issues/challenges faced by community of Dilijan, like irregular waste management practices, lack of possibilities for environmental and resource efficient approaches in education, etc. Local NGOs were interested in readiness and openness of local businesses to employ eco-friendly and resource efficient approaches in their production cycle, including the issue of trust and confidentiality of data and information. It was clarified that the issues of confidentiality of data and non-dissemination to other source is fixed in the agreement between UNIDO, National experts and REC Caucasus, and data remains confidential in any case.

There were suggestions to try employing the RECP practice not only in industrial processes but also in the service industry, like in tourism/or hotel management which were mentioned as vital for development of Dilijan. We have extensively discussed opportunities for engagement of local SMEs and potential benefits in terms of saving resources, material, economic benefits from employing of RECP within the ideology and practice of Armenian SMEs.

Project experts Dshkhuhi Sahakyan working with leather processing company and Evelina Ghukasyan working with UNIFISH SME producing fish informed about possibilities of RECP application and gaps existing in their production cycles of mentioned industries, like use of water/waste of water in production cycle, waste of salt, necessity to recommend measures for using recycled material of mentioned industries remaining as a result of production, etc.

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan has also presented the CP and renewable energy use practices of REC Caucasus in terms of food/dry fruit processing, as an additional example of CP option application at the local level which created opportunities for development of alternative employment, eco-friendly agro-processing and food production, as well as served as a good start-up for development of local business using renewable energy source/solar dryer.

Mr. Haroyan, Head of Aarhus center of Dilijan have presented local experience of CP application and resource efficiency practice in Dilijan.

Potential opportunities for development of cluster-based approaches for RECP and CP options for engagement of profile-oriented SMEs who could share their experience with their colleagues working in chemical, metallurgy, agro-processing, fish-producing industries, since this approach would allow them to share their experiences with colleagues in the same industry, which will be more specific and relevant for each sector have been also discussed.

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08

Aug

UNIDO RECP Demonstration component Project is organizing an awareness seminar in Dilijan city, Tavush region, Armenia

UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component Project is organizing an awareness seminar in Dilijan city, Tavush region, Armenia on 12 August 2014. The aim of the workshop is to share the ideas and goals of the RECP project in Armenia with local community, SMEs, NGOs and active community dwellers on potential activities of RECP in the region, as well as highlight the benefits of resource efficient, environmentally friendly business procedures and possible RECP applications for demonstration companies, which could benefit in therms of lowering the consts of energy, resource production and consumption, waste and emissions by applying UNIDO RECP methodology in practice.

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01

Aug

Visits to Demonstration Organizations
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During the last week one of the RECP National expert groups, namely Ani Haykuni, Areg Karapetyan and Artur Tsughunyan, within the framework of the “Recourse efficiency and cleaner production” (RECP) UNIDO project under the EaP GREEN Programme, has been implemented practice observations at the first visited sites – “Marila” Llc (Kapan community, Syunik marz) and “Arame ev Sofi” Llc (Lousashogh community, Ararat marz), selected for the RECP assessment. The project as a UNIDO component supports in each of organizations individually as well as regionally creation of human and institutional capacities for RECP, the demonstration, dissemination and replication of RECP in priority sectors.

Based on RECP methodology a group of experts in each of organizationsfirst of all tried to depict the production chains with detail investigation of processes, which allows to identify current state, related to basic material and energy flows.

Despite of acting at the same sector, considering functional and technological differences between 2 selected organizations it has been chosen an individual approach for them to formulate the issues and goalsdirected to identification of cost-saving opportunities that reduce materials and energy consumption and/or minimize the generation of waste and emissions.

Analyses of the results illuminated both organizations interested to increase their social-environmental responsibilities and preliminary capacities are enough for start, but in case of «Marila» Llc the main accent should be done on solid waste reduction or reuse, to increase its reputation as one of the most equipped and developed producers in Armenia, while «Arame and Sofi» Llc needs improvement of basic production process oriented on resource efficiency – as a way of financial savings, so important for a start-up.

The observations at this stage are still interim, so there is need to go deeper in it for final RECP assessment report with findings from company RECP assessment, including feasibility analysis of RECP opportunities and recommendations for implementation and follow up. Monitored and reviewed implementation of RECP measures and prepared a company success story using common RECP indicators and in an agreed format will be a prove of successful finish of activities.

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29

Jul

RECP Project Awareness Seminar in Ararat City, Ararat Region, RA
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On 29July, UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component Project in Armenia organized awareness seminar in Ararat city, Ararat region, Armenia.

 

The aim of the seminar was to share the objectives and outputs of the RECP project in Armenia with SMEs, local community, NGOs and active community members on potential activities of RECP in the region, as well as highlight the benefits of resource efficient, environmentally friendly business procedures and possible RECP applications for demonstration companies which were interested to run their business alongside with the principles of sustainable development and green economy: this approach could benefit in a long run in terms of lowering the costs of energy, saving resources , limiting or lowering the waste and emissions by applying UNIDO RECP methodology in practice. Awareness seminar was attended by the Ararat city representatives, Mr. John Barker, representative of EU Delegation to Armenia, UNIDO RECP Armenia National Coordinator Nune Harutyunyan, and RECP national experts.

UNIDO RECP National coordinator in Armenia Ms. Nune Harutyunyan opened the meeting and welcomed all participants. She presented RECP Demonstration component Project, RECP methodology, progress, expected outcomes and experience of REC Caucasus in terms of the implementation of resource efficiency and cleaner production projects.

Mr. Barker welcomed participants of seminar and highlighted the necessity of such a project in Armenia which enables local communities to take part in the green growth initiatives and help making the planet cleaner and usage of resources smarter to ensure the future of our children.

Project administrator in Armenia Mr. Tigran Oganezov had a presentation on overview of benefits from the RECP application for the businesses involved in the project.

After the questions and answer session, project national experts Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan, Mr. Tigran Sekoyan, Mr. Areg Karapetyans have presented RECP experience and preliminary results of their filed visits to the demonstration companies.

At the end of the meeting, several business representatives from the Ararat city expressed their interest on the RECP application into their production.

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Jul

UNIDO RECP Demonstration component Project is organizing an awareness seminar in Ararat city, Ararat region, Armenia

UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component Project is organizing an awareness seminar in Ararat city, Ararat region, Armenia on 29 July 2014. The aim of the workshop is to share the ideas and goals of the RECP project in Armenia with local community, SMEs, NGOs and active community dwellers on potential activities of RECP in the region, as well as highlight the benefits of resource efficient, environmentally friendly business procedures and possible RECP applications for demonstration companies, which could benefit in therms of lowering the consts of energy, resource production and consumption, waste and emissions by applying UNIDO RECP methodology in practice.

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08

Jul

Working Meeting with RECP National Experts

On 8 July 2014 the RECP project team and National Project Coordinator have organised Expert meeting for all selected experts to present and discuss suggested terms of reference and future working schedule envisaging work of the national experts within Demonstration companies and further items as per TORs.

The meeting was attended by all 12 selected national experts.  Project national coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan opened the meeting and welcomed all participants. She presented agreement that will be signed by the demonstration organizations, national coordinator, project administrator and group of experts.  This agreement will identify project responsibilities of all parties and will be an official document according to which experts will start their work under the project.

RECP project administrator in Armenia Mr. Tigran Oganezov presented Terms of Reference of the Project Personnel under individual Service Agreement. In general, he outlined that each national expert will lead and support the completion of one full RECP assessment in one nominated demonstration company. One of the main duties of the experts is their active engagement and promotion of RECP in particular by sharing results and experiences and contributing to drafting overall conclusions and recommendations on RECP opportunities for businesses, willing to be part of RECP demonstration component.

After the presentations Ms. Nune Harutyunyan and Mr. Tigran Oganezov answered to all questions of national experts.

Based on interactive discussions, it was agreed to start implementation of initial visits to the demonstration companies according to the schedule that was drafted during the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, national experts expressed their willingness to start the assessment tight after the signing of agreements.

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17

Apr

Practice Training in Demonstration Organization
Visit to Noyan trademark 18.04.2014

From 17 to 18 April RECP in Armenia UNIDO project team has organized joint visits of experts to four Demonstration companies (in Yerevan, Armavir and Kotayk regions) to make more space for practice and group work discussions, and give opportunity to participant experts to get ready for the forthcoming practical assessments.

During the first day of the practical part of the training the international expert Mr. Abidjanov, 5 National experts, National Coordinator and Administrator of the RECP project in Armenia visited the “Kashi” OJSC (Manufacturer – Natural leather production) in Yerevan and “Lukashin” Brand (Association of companies which produce agricultural – eco food and dried fruits) in Armavir region.

In the “Kashi” OJSC experts met Mr. Vardan Kirakosyan, director of the factory and Mr. Albert Stepanyan, chief engineer- technologist of the factory. They presented in details if leather processing and producing current procedure of the factory. During the visit experts have examined the situation at the tannery factory, getting familiarized with the leather tanning process, visited the shop of the factory and preliminary assessment on resource efficiency options of production, as well as made appropriate preliminary suggestions which have been listened to and accepted for consideration by the plant management.

During the visit to “Lukashin Agricultural Association” CC Brand group of experts visited refrigerated warehouses and dryers for fruits, where the president of “Lukashin Agricultural Association” CC Vardges Davtyan presented the process of storing and drying of fruits and vegetables. The experts evaluated efficiency refrigeration equipment and cameras for fruit drying. Experts presented and described their opinions on the process of existing methods and gave suggestions on the efficient use of energy, heat, water and other resources used within the fruit drying facility.

On 18 of April 2014, the second group of experts (7 experts) with international expert and National Coordinator and Administrator of the RECP project visited “NewPlast” CJSC in Yerevan specializing in production of plastic piles and other plastic particles. They were welcomed by the Deputy Director of “Newplast” CJSC Mr. Suren Mkrtumyan and Head of Laboratory/ senior technologist Ms. Hermine Mkrtchyan. Mr. Suren Mkrtumyan presented profile of the company that was founded in 2002 and became the first company in Transcaucasia in 2007 that manufacture metal and plastic pipes: one of the most

technologically advanced, practical, and easy-to-use technical products. The factory is a pioneer in production of polymer pipes in Armenia and has set a goal to promote the industry of high-quality up-to-date polymer products for pipeline installation to the markets the Caucasus and Russia. “NewPlast” Company has received ISO 9001:2000 certificate in 2007 and adheres to the high demands of international standards. The material for pipes does not contain harmful chemical substances, and this is why NewPlast pipes are suitable for use of potable water supply systems. Metal holdings and fittings are completely galvanized and all the brass alloys used in the production correspond to the established hygiene and sanitary norms. Production includes polymer and metal-plastic pipes of various diameters, a complete assortment of connecting elements and stop valve, as well as the necessary accessories for the systems of heating, water supply and floor heating. The products of company are assigned for cold and hot water-supply, heating, central conditioning, transportation of compressed air, transportation of thermal and salt water, food, industrial liquids and combustive-lubricating materials.

During the meeting manager of the company presented technological process of production and showed the workshop. National experts group reviewed technological processes, gave a preliminary assessment on resource efficiency of production, as well as made appropriate preliminary suggestions on the efficient use of energy, heat, water and other resources.

In the same day the group visited Jrvezh village in Kotayk where one of the factories of Euroterm CJSC is located: it which was established in 1998 and nowadays is one of the leading ISO 9001-2000 certified manufacturers of natural juices, nectars and drinks as well as fruit preserves and canned vegetables in Armenia under NOYAN trademark. The group was welcomed by General Manager of Euroterm CJSC Mr. Vahe Ghazaryan, Executive Director Ms. Mary Ghazaryan and technologist of Noyan trademark Ms. Arevik Atikyan. The managers of company presented complete production technological cycle, i.e. from fruit reception to processing and packaging. They also presented modern Tetra Pak packaging, which allows keeping the product at a room temperature for quite long period of time (up to 18 months), unique cold squeeze method, preserving the original flavor and vitamins found in the sun-ripened fruits, modern processing and filling aseptic (closed) technology. They mentioned that the high quality of NOYAN products has been confirmed by numerous Grand Prix, gold, silver and bronze medals awarded at various international trade fairs. After the meeting with top-managers of Euroterm CJSC Executive Director of company and technologist of Noyan trademark escorted participants to the production halls. The experts evaluated efficiency of technological process of manufacturing of juice. After that experts

presented and described their opinion on the process of existing method and gave suggestions on the efficient use of energy, heat, water and human resources.

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15

Apr

RECP Introductory Training
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On 14-16 April, in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus Armenia Branch Office organized 3 days training for preliminary selected National experts within the framework of the UNIDO Regional Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Programme. The objective of the training was to present to the training participants the Project objectives and outputs, basic and advanced RECP methods and applications, and supportive management/entrepreneurship topics. Training was attended by preliminary selected national experts, 8 representatives of SME’s and 6 AUA students. International expert Nazir Abidjanov specialized on cleaner production conducted the training in order to deliver in a coordinated and sustainable manner RECP assessment, training, information, advisory and related services that are valuable to enterprises and other organizations considering that successful implementation of the RECP programme requires that groups of national experts in each EaP country can deliver RECP services to enterprises and other organizations in different regions and sectors in their home country. Mr. Nazir Abidjanov started the theoretical and practical part of the training by providing coherence understanding of RECP Methodology, mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production into national strategies: steps needed and nationally appropriate mechanisms for delivering value-adding RECP services to enterprises and SMEs. The whole presentation was accompanied with the case studies, success stories and various examples. The following modules were presented by the trainer:
• RECP Concept and Practice
• RECP baseline and indicators
• RECP Assessment
• Motivation and team
• Initial assessment
• Detailed assessment
Post evaluation questionnaires were completed by the training participants after the presentations of group works at the end of the training. Additionally, national experts were asked to complete test prepared by Mr. Abidjanov to evaluate their knowledge on the given training. At the end of the training participants presented their recommendations for the training. Recommendations raised by participants were targeting project continuity as well as essentials key factors to create stable knowledge based background to expand the scope of project opportunities. Training participants also expressed their willingness to support effective project implementation and be involved in all stages of project intervention.

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