A key feature of the RECP Net will be knowledge management. This builds upon the experiences and lessons learned in particular at the regional level through CPLatinNet in Latin America and other regional initiatives, such as the Roundtables on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).
It is foreseen that knowledge management will contribute to creating a vibrant community of practitioners among the NCPCs and other network members. RECP-Net thereby becomes a key partner for the implementation and delivery of international environment and sustainable development commitments. This supports the agenda of the Commission for Sustainable Development in Sustainable Consumption and Production. It also facilitates the transfer, innovation and dissemination of low carbon technologies, a key challenge under the Framework Convention on Climate Change.
A further distinguishing feature of the RECP-Net is its technical and institutional excellence and leadership scheme. Members of the RECP-Net will receive recognition for their level of competence and achievement in RECP promotion and implementation. Moreover, various supporting tools and programmes are planned to assist network members to achieve higher levels of competence and achievement. This will include good practice primers, capacity building and training, and peer learning among members.
The first primers published in 2010 with funding support from the Government of Switzerland cover:
- Good organization, management and governance practices for NCPCs: providing practical suggestions to support the institutionalization of the NCPC, to foster accountable and transparent business and governance practices and strengthen national ownership. Supportive case studies on the development of selected NCPCs are already available, respectively for: China, Guatemala, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania and Viet Nam; and.
- Enterprise level resource productivity and environmental performance indicators: a hands-on overview of key issues associated with monitoring and evaluation of resource productivity and environmental performance at the level of individual enterprises, accompanied by a set of six core indicators, respectively for materials, energy and water use, and generation of greenhouse gas emissions, waste water and waste. Supportive company case studies are already available for selected enterprises in Kenya, Peru and Sri Lanka.