The NCPC-SA is a member of the global resource efficiency and cleaner production network (RECPnet). This network of national cleaner production centres and programmes under the leadership of the United Nations via UNIDO and UNEP ensures the sharing of knowledge and best practices to enhance RECP in developing nations around the globe.
UNIDO-UNEP RECP Programme
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) cooperate to advance sustainable industrial development and consumption and production in developing and transition countries.
Specifically, the joint Programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) aims to improve resource efficiency and the environmental performance of businesses and other organizations through scaling up and mainstreaming the application of RECP methods, techniques and policies.
Whilst this programme is primarily based on achievements and lessons learnt from National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes (NCPCs/NCPPs) that have been established since 1994, it also aims to achieve synergies with other related initiatives. The programme is therefore anchored on the further expansion, development and professionalization of a global network of RECP service providers in developing and emerging economies.
The joint global UNIDO-UNEP provides a comprehensive strategic and coherent framework to scale-up and mainstream RECP activities and results, nationally, regionally and globally. Principal intervention modules are aimed at: strengthening and expanding the RECP service delivery network; targeted and enhanced contributions of RECP to thematic progress on resource efficiency, waste minimization and safe and responsible production; improved policy and financing incentives; and innovation support.
RECPnet: A Global Network
RECPnet is the global network for promoting the widespread adaptation and adoption of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in developing and transition economies. As patron agencies, UNIDO and UNEP, provide support for RECPnet through their joint RECP Programme.
RECPnet aims to enable and contribute to the effective and efficient development, application, adaptation and replication of RECP concepts, methods, policies, practices and technologies in developing and transition countries and to facilitate effective North-South and South-South collaboration and the transfer of RECP-relevant knowledge, experiences and technologies.
RECPnet became operational in November 2010 with 41 founding members. An elected executive committee has since guided the further development of RECPnet.
The second RECP networking meeting included the first Members’ Assembly of RECPnet and took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2011. Members and other participants adopted the Nairobi RECPnet Declaration. The Declaration points to the critical importance of manufacturing in generating income and employment in developing and transition countries as a lasting solution to alleviate poverty, address emerging water and other natural resource scarcities and improve the quality of life. It stresses the need to improve resource productivity and environmental performance of businesses and other organizations to achieve low carbon, resource efficient and green industrialization.
In the spirit of the Declaration, RECPnet has further developed, in particular through the launch of regional chapters, the introduction of a formalized web-based knowledge management system, the launch of regional and thematic projects with groups of members, capacity building initiatives and ongoing advocacy and outreach, and membership passed 50 in early 2013.
The overall objectives of the RECPnet are:
- To enable and contribute to the effective and efficient development, application, adaptation and replication of RECP concepts, methods, policies, practices and technologies in developing and transition countries;
- To facilitate effective North-South and South-South collaboration and the transfer of RECP-relevant knowledge, experiences and technologies.
RECPnet follows a three pronged strategy towards mainstreaming and replicating RECP, by:
- Capturing and promoting best practices RECP information and knowledge;
- Improving the knowledge and skills bases of Members; and
- Advocating the relevance, needs and benefits of RECP for enterprises and other organizations.