UNIDO and BASF: Eco-efficiency for SMEs
UNIDO, UNEP and BASF, a member of the UN Global Compact, have conducted a pilot Eco-Efficiency Programme for SMEs in the Moroccan dyeing industry.
The objective of this collaboration is to help small and medium-sized textile dye companies in the country to remain competitive in the international market by means of economically and ecologically sustainable operations. A comprehensive yet easy to apply eco-efficiency analysis tool was established that makes production safer for both the environment and workers.
This methodology was made available for the first time through this partnership to SMEs in a developing country (Morocco). The next step was to prepare an updated English version of the Eco-efficiency Tool by giving it a trial run in Egypt, beginning with a training session for UNIDO staff at BASF in Germany in April 2003. This training was the first part of a training of trainers programme to introduce the Tool to the 30-member network of UNIDO-UNEP National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes (NCPCs and NCPPs) enabling them to augment their client-industries’ competitiveness and environmental sustainability.
In collaboration with staff from the NCPCs, companies can use this toll to calculate and compare the costs and environmental impact of their processes. In 2006, the project received the BDI Environment Award in the category “Partnerships for Sustainable Development”, the most prestigious national business award for the environment of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
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