19

Oct

RECP Demonstration project: Results by 2017

Current booklet is called to present results of EaP Green “Resource efficiency and clean production” Demonstration project (RECP) in Armenia, based on activities, estimates, assistance schemes for SMEs implemented t...

04

Sep

Financing for SME

Leaflet on possibilities for financing RECP audits for SMEs has collected available financing options and loans which are available for small and medium companies to pursue their business ideas and cover costs of suggestive resource efficiency measures within their organizat...

14

Aug

RECP Results

RECP demonstration project has summarized results of RECP assessments, audits, Green clubs, Forums and rapid assessments conducted for 55 SMEs in Armenia working in food, beverage, chemical and construction material production. To have a better vision on our results and futu...

03

Jun

About Project
UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component Project of the EaP GREEN Programme of the EU  in Armenia

Project Location(s) : Armenia.

 Total duration of the project(months): 36 months Target group(s)
  • State authorities at the national/regional levels (i.e. Ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Territorial administration, Emergency situation, Economic Development and Finance in Armenia)
  • Local authorities/self-governance, Population of local communities
  • Sector related CBOs (farmers associations, business units, etc.)
The RECP project is the component of the Regional Action of the European Union to support the greening of economies in the EaP countries (Armenia,Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The overall objective of the RECP Demonstrations under the EaP GREEN Programme is to improve the resource productivity and environmental performance of businesses and other organizations in the target industry sectors of the Eastern Partnership Economies, including Armenia and thereby contribute to sustainable industrial development and generation of employment and incomes. This will be achieved through the widespread implementation of RECP concepts, methods, techniques and policies by businesses and other organizations, governments at all levels, and providers of business services, including advisory and financial services. 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. The programme is aimed at improving resource efficiency and environmental performance in each of the six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of 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. 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. Main activities:  The RECP programme is structured in three work-streams. 1. RECP human and Institutional Capacity Development: Competent network of Armenian experts who deliver value-adding RECP services to Armenian enterprises and other organizations, in particular in the priority industry sectors; 2. RECP Implementation, Dissemination and Replication: Implementation of RECP concepts, methods and techniques by Armenian businesses with verified environment, resource use and economic benefits; and 3. RECP Technology Support: to improve access to appropriate and affordable RECP practices and techniques. Project results: It is expected that businesses, business membership organizations, government and potentially other stakeholders (e.g. professional associations, academia) will have improved their awareness and understanding of RECP, its benefits and contribution to sustainable development.  
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30

Oct

“Yervandashat Agricultural Association” consumer cooperative

“Yervandashat Agricultural Association” consumer cooperative (which is located in Armavir marz) is producing dried fruit. Main product is dried fruit derived from local raw material: apricot, peach, pear, plum, cherry, etc. Main part of the product is consumed in Russian Federation and the Armenian market. Conditionally the cooperative performs 3 types of activities:

• Own orchards of apricot and plum cultivation, harvesting, processing and marketing. • Harvesting, processing and marketing of purchased fruit. • Purchase and sale of dried fruit produced by the villagers of Yervandashat which does not form a significant volume in financial activities of the company. The total duration of the annual production of dried fruit is about five months, mid-June to mid-November. Dried fruit manufacturing process includes the following main stages: transportation of raw material, washing, processing, drying, sorting and packing. The cooperative owns 7 solar and 2 electric dryers located in the territory of Yervandashat.

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28

Sep

Technology Guide Webinars
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Within the frameworks of EaP GREEN Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) program funded by EU and implemented by UNIDO, three technical Pocket Guides were prepared and published in the national languages of the six participating countries for specialists working in milk processing industry, as well as for chemicals industry specialists. To complete all planned activities in connection with using these training guides, it was proposed to organize two on-line seminars for specialists working in the enterprises and organizations of these branches in EU Eastern Partnership countries and participated in the RECP program. On-line seminars were organized and conducted by Belarusian Center for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, created as a result of UNIDO RECP program in 2014 – 2017. As a follow up activity project has proposed to organize a Webinar- Presentation-Training of the Resourse Efficiency and Cleaner Production Pocket Guides for Dairy & Chemicals Manufacturing Sectors translated to the national languages.

In Armenia, REC Caucasus Office has invited and hosted experts and specialists from enterprises of mentioned branches for participation in the webinar and discussion about presented by the lecturer’s materials, including related Pocket guides.

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26

Sep

”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production”, UNIDO RECP Demonstration Component Project Training, Phase 2
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From 20-24th of July, 2016 RECP Armenia team has organized a four-day training for selected national experts for the second phase of RECP audits for SMEs within the framework of EaP Green Resource efficiency and Cleaner Production Demonstration project. 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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21

Aug

Ararat

RECP Green 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 Green 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 took 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 were 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 Green 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  nune.harutyunyan@rec-caucasus.org.

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16

Aug

Green Club activity and RECP success stories – UNIDO RECP Demonstration component

The analysis of the works implemented at the Green Clubs shows that the RECP rapid assessments by regions (marzes) has a following distribution: Approximately 60% of the RECP rapid assessments (RECP rapid assessments (or primary RECP audit) were made in 28 SMEs from among the 33 included in the “RECP Green Clubs” in 4 regions of Armenia) were conducted in the field of food industry, 18% - in the field of production of construction material, and 25% - in the field of production of chemical material and other fields (Pic 2). The mentioned correlation is fully natural taken that the food industry comprises about 60% of all the RA processing industry (including 34.3% of food, 13.3% of tobacco, and 12.3% of beverage productions). Click on the file below for the full text of this article...

 
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23

Feb

Green Club Events
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RECP Green Club  component includes foundation of ‘’RECP Green Clubs’’ in pilot Ararat, Dilijan, Hrazdan and Vanadzor 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. Information on Green Club awards for the finalist SMEs undertaken RECP audits is placed under the link.

Map of Green Clubs - established

   
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22

Feb

RECP Green Club

The RECP Green Club workstream under EaP GREEN is aimed at developing and piloting a lean support model for enterprises, in particular smaller businesses. The model should be scale-able and replicable, in that after initial trials in two regions it can be made available on a continuous basis to more regions and ultimately indeed throughout the country. Each Green Club provides practical RECP support to some 8-10 small enterprises. Upon completion of the Club programme each member enterprise would have developed an actionable RECP plan and have started with its implementation. The action plan is developed and put in place on a modular, thematic basis. Each theme/module was introduced during a 2-3 hrs how to workshop that ends with practical guidance for member enterprises to apply. The following workshop, enterprises report back on experiences (fostering collective learning) and are introduced to the next topic. A total of 6 modules is foreseen, and delivered with intervals of about 3 weeks over a period of about 4 months. Upon completion of the action plan, the ‘hosting’ organization (municipality or other regional or local authority) could present a certificate of completion, which could then also be renewed annually if enterprises continue to improve their environmental initiatives.

The modules are organized by thematic areas in the following sequence: 1. Business Profile: profiling of the enterprise with a particular focus on identifying resource uses and environmental impacts and appraising these in both physical units (tons, kWhretc) as well as their monetary value (input costs and non-product output costs); 2. Energy: understanding energy use in company and developing energy efficiency options for processes, utility systems and buildings management; 3. Materials and Waste: understanding main material flows in enterprise and associated waste streams, and developing materials efficiency and waste reduction options; 4. Water and Waste Water: understanding main water flows in enterprise and associated waste water streams and developing water efficiency and effluent reduction options; 5. Chemicals, Hazards and Emissions: understanding chemicals use and associated hazards and emissions, and developing options for sound and responsible chemicals use; and 6. Action Planning: bringing together options from different topics into an integrated approach for enterprise with short, medium and longer term goals and actions.

 
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07

Sep

Modul 2: Energy Efficiency for SMEs

The next round of the local RECP Green Clubs in the Vanadzor city RECP team has launched on 11 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.

The meeting on Energy Saving started with the presentation of all those recommendations which have been done by the project experts till now. The environmental, economic and financial benefits were presented which have been already achieved in those SMEs where RECP methodological assessments have been implemented.

RECP National Coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan overviewed the previous session on Module 1 - ‘’Environmental Profile’’ and introduced the outline of Module 2 on ‘’Energy Efficiency’’, as well as she introduced RECP benefits for businesses in applying Energy Efficiency measures.

UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan introduced Module 2 on ‘’Energy Efficiency’’ for businesses. Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the main points regarding the Module 2. She also pointed what concrete actions must be undertaken by SMEs to eliminate the energy use and reach higher energy efficiency standards. 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:

  • Energy efficiency (EE) saves considerable amounts of money in the business, decreasing the costs
  • EE is also good for the environment/energy resources saved/less pollution
  • More productive: Business companies can improve productivity, as well as bottom line, by taking advantage of energy efficiency in office buildings and production processes
  • More accessible: Residents of cities that employ smart growth technologies and transportation systems have an easier time of getting around – and getting consistent access to electricity.

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.

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. SME representatives raised various questions to the project staff members with the expectation to have significant results in their enterprises as well. The majority of the questions were regarding to the installation of solar batteries and heating systems, isolation of territories and modification of light bulbs.

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07

Sep

Meeting with Local Authority Representatives
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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.  
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06

Sep

Vanadzor City
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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.

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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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07

Jul

Module 5: Chemicals and Hazardous Waste and Emissions

The workshop was aimed at presenting the fifth Module on ‘’Chemicals and Hazardous Waste and Emissions’’ topic to SME representatives of the Vanadzor city.

National facilitator Ms. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the main issues that were foreseen in the Module on the topic of ‘'Chemicals and Hazardous Waste and Emissions''.

The Green club covered the environmental burden of waste 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.

There was a small discussion in the frames of this module about the use of chemicals, waste management and emissions in the involved RECP Green Club member organizations.

The training participants were presented to the results of preliminary assessments done in Ararat and Dilijan Green Club member SME organizations which can be too useful to understand the materials to be discussed in Module 5. The facilitator presented expertise gained from ‘’Levon Avagyan’’ company, the business case is included also in the WorkBook elaborated for the Green Clubs.

Training participants also carried out group and individual exercise by making necessary additions in the self-assessment sheet.

After the module presentation and the discussions the SME representatives showed their willingness to accept the RECP methodologies and to use them in their business management.

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Apr

Module 2: Energy Efficiency for SMEs
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The next round of the local RECP Green Clubs in the Hrazdan city RECP team has launched on 29 of April, 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.

RECP National Coordinator Ms. Nune Harutyunyan overviewed the previous session on Module 1 - ‘’Environmental Profile’’ and introduced the outline of Module 2 on ‘’Energy Efficiency’’, as well as she introduced RECP benefits for businesses in applying Energy Efficiency measures.

UNIDO National expert, Green Club Facilitator Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan introduced Module 2 on ‘’Energy Efficiency’’ for businesses. Dr. Dshkhuhi Sahakyan presented the main points regarding the Module 2. She also pointed what concrete actions must be undertaken by SMEs to eliminate the energy use and reach higher energy efficiency standards. 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:

  • Energy efficiency (EE) saves considerable amounts of money in the business, decreasing the costs
  • EE is also good for the environment/energy resources saved/less pollution
  • More productive: Business companies can improve productivity, as well as bottom line, by taking advantage of energy efficiency in office buildings and production processes
  • More accessible: Residents of cities that employ smart growth technologies and transportation systems have an easier time of getting around – and getting consistent access to electricity.

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.

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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Apr

Modul 1: Business 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 Vanadzor.

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.

Vanadzor RECP club SME feedback and questions raised:

  • The producers (SMEs) of Vanadzor 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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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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06

Apr

Module 1: Business 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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Apr

“Yervandashat Agricultural Association” consumer cooperative
“Yervandashat Agricultural Association” consumer cooperative (which is located in Armavir marz) is producing dried fruit. Main product is dried fruit derived from local raw material: apricot, peach, pear, plum, cherry, etc. Main part of the product is consumed in Russian Federation and the Armenian market. Conditionally the cooperative performs 3 types of activities: • Own orchards of apricot and plum cultivation, harvesting, processing and marketing. • Harvesting, processing and marketing of purchased fruit. • Purchase and sale of dried fruit produced by the villagers of Yervandashat which does not form a significant volume in financial activities of the company. The total duration of the annual production of dried fruit is about five months, mid-June to mid-November. Dried fruit manufacturing process includes the following main stages: transportation of raw material, washing, processing, drying, sorting and packing. The cooperative owns 7 solar and 2 electric dryers located in the territory of Yervandashat.
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23

Dec

Donors
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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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Jun

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 Union 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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