VIENNA, 21 November 2016 – Under the umbrella of its 50th Anniversary Week, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland have signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Chemical Leasing. The Declaration aims to increase awareness of chemical leasing at the political level and strengthens the cooperation of the partners in global chemical leasing promotion.
Since 2005, UNIDO has been among the pioneers supporting an alternative business model – chemical leasing - and its adoption by companies. Together with a worldwide network of partners, the Organization’s Global Chemical Leasing Programme contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, making real progress towards a sustainable future. With the Declaration signed, the partners agree on the necessity of the further mainstreaming and up-scaling of chemical leasing across industries and countries.
LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, said: “There is no doubt that chemical leasing is continuing to revolutionize the way we do business with chemicals. Since the programme’s inception, more than 100 companies have already included chemical leasing in their business strategies. This declaration clearly strengthens the cooperation of the partners and brings a new momentum for promoting sustainable business practices around the globe with chemical leasing.”
The declaration is a joint initiative of UNIDO, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management; the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. During the signing ceremony, the partners stressed that additional partners are most welcome to join the initiative.
Andrä Rupprechter Austria’s Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, said: “Chemical leasing represents the single most important trend for both the producers as well as users of chemicals. This service-based business model is making obvious how the “circular economy” can be turned into an economic success. It is only within that concept that all partners along the supply chain are sharing one common economic goal: the resource-efficient use of chemical products. This common declaration signed today by UNIDO, Germany, Switzerland and Austria is a clear commitment to add more chapters to that worldwide success story.”
Axel Vorwerk, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany, added: "Industry is called on to invest in and advance the development of innovative, sustainable processes and products. Governments help design suitable framework conditions. Germany is strongly committed to achieving the targets set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and supports the chemical leasing initiative as a building block on the road towards sustainable chemistry.”
Martin Schiess, Head of the Air Pollution Control and Chemicals Division, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, said: “Chemical leasing can contribute to the sustainable use of chemicals in many ways, such as improving the performance of chemicals in industrial processes while reducing consumption of resources and environmental pollution at the same time. Switzerland is willing to cooperate with UNIDO, Austria and Germany, together with industry partners, to promote chemical leasing, recognizing its potential contribution to sustainable chemistry.”
For more information, please contact:
Global Chemical Leasing Programme Coordinator
UNIDO Environment Department