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SwitchMed’s MED TEST II project reaches halfway milestone

The results and experiences of Jordan, Tunisia, Israel and Lebanon already highlight the untapped potential of RECP.
Published on Mar 27, 2018

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End of January, a national dissemination event in Lebanon marked the halfway through milestone for the SwitchMed MED TEST II project. This innovative component of the SwitchMed programme showcases the many benefits of how RECP could help the industry in the Southern Mediterranean to become more resource efficient, less polluting, and more competitive. Together with local partners, UNIDO has so far identified 808 measures of improvement that would generate a private investment of 23.7 million euros in RECP, with an average payback period of 1.5 years in the 53 companies from Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia that choose to join the project. This indicates that there is indeed a business case for RECP to be made in the region, and with rising prices for raw materials, energy and water, this will much like continue to be the case. 

With the TEST methodology of UNIDO (Transfer of Environmental Sound Technology), innovative ways on how to switch to more Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns, have been introduced to industries, entrepreneurs and service providers and with very convincing outcomes. The companies have been able to identify saving measures in their raw material, energy, and water consumption, which would annually save; 680,000 m3 of water; 16.3 GWh of energy; 18,858 t of raw materials, corresponding to a value of 15.6 million euros in annual savings for the companies. This has enabled the companies to realize their full economic potential, as their productions now not only operate with higher economic profit but also in line with environmental standards. For instance, the reduced resource consumption yields into annual reductions of 55,570 t of CO2emissions and 3,200 t of solid waste from the participating industries.

 “The EU is committed to further support Jordan, hand in hand with UNIDO in the future, but also to demonstrate what happened here in Jordan to the other countries in the region.“  Ibrahim Laafia, Head of Operations Section, EU Delegation to Jordan 

Turning challenges into opportunities is at the core of the MED TEST II project and the demonstration on the potential of TEST, in the local context of the countries, could prove to be a turning point for the domestic industry. However, moving from demonstrations to nationwide and cross-sectorial adoption of resource efficient production standards, necessitate the collaboration with national policymakers and stakeholders from industry and civil society. From the project start, UNIDO and local partners have been engaged with national stakeholders in talks to develop national strategies of how to include RECP in the national legislation and a sector-wide adoption throughout the national industries.  So far, four national scaling-up roadmaps on RECP from Israel, LebanonTunisia and Palestine have been published, and at the project end, each country will have prepared and published their own roadmap of how to achieve a nationwide resource efficient industry.