Programmes and Projects:
The Non Com POPs Project:
The Non Com POPs Project is part of an international program supported by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), demonstrating the feasibility of non-incineration technologies for destroying obsolete POPs stockpiles and wastes.
The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project:
The overall goal of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project is to improve industrial energy efficiency through the provision of tools and capacity building for industrial energy system optimization. This will be further supported by energy management standards, appropriate project financing and the implementation by industries of energy efficiency or energy systems optimization projects.
Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Energy Management practices in Philippine Industries:
UNIDO organized a workshop on 23 March, 2010, presenting energy efficiency and energy management practices in the Philippine industries. Stakeholders were updated on the best energy management practices involving electric motors, boilers and steam systems.
Bamboo Industry Development:
The versatile bamboo has spawned an industry involving a critical mass of micro-scale enterprise participants all over the Philippines. The participants, however, have remained at the bottom of the vertical integration either as suppliers of low-quality raw bamboo poles or as low-end furniture manufacturers.
Bamboo is used for a variety of areas, such as anima forage, arts, crafts, music, boat-building, construction, interior design, wastewater treatment and erosion control, and as fuel for renewable energy power plants. The use of bamboo should be maximized to provide alternative livelihood to millions of poor Philipino farmers, micro-entrepreneurs, persons with disabilities and labourers. It is essential to develop the bamboo industry in the Philippines.
Marginalized indigenous and small-holder farmers play a significant role in the dynamics of the Philippine national economy. However, conditions have to be reshaped to allow their productive participation in agro-industrial supply chains in safe and environment-friendly ways.
Farmers belonging to the lowest income quartile remain vulnerable to the impacts of (1) price fluctuations, (2) climate change and (3) environmental degradation. In most cases, the latter is a result of collective economic activities that require the use of natural resources as the only capital. Furthermore, issues concerning good production and processing practices have limited their participation in the supply chain of modern and sophisticated market channels.
The UNIDO Field Office facilitates industry linkages and provides assistance to organizations that conduct research and engage in activities that target the transformation of marginalized agricultural communities into productive supply chain participants.
The Philippine Traceability Center Project:
One of UNIDO’s initiatives is the proposed establishment of the Philippine Traceability Center for Agro-Industrial Commodities. The project stems from the global conference on the merits of sharing agribusiness solutions, held in November 2008 in Cairo, Egypt.
The project aims to bring in positive implications on existing food supply chains, preventing wastages and optimizing productivity from the farm level to the market channels.