FUZOU, CHINA, 26 September 2019 – International trade is increasingly governed and steered by green and sustainable standards as well as by government, business, and consumer requirements. With funding from the China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE) and in-kind contribution from the Fujian Provincial Government, the project “Assistance to enterprises in Fujian Province to meet greener product standards for mechanical and electrical equipment (MEE)” sought to improve the green production capacity of local MEE enterprises, and supported them in complying with their clients’ environmental, energy and occupational health and safety requirements.
“By supporting enterprises in Fujian to adopt international standards and good practices for green production, the project goes beyond Fujian Province and contributes to the green transformation in China, as established by the Central Government in its development strategy”, said CICETE’s GUO Li.
Launched in 2015, UNIDO completed 23 trainings to raise awareness on green production standards of over 1,200 participants from more than 360 local MEE enterprises, and to familiarize them with relevant international standards, methods and implementation tools. 90% of the enterprises that attended the trainings initiated follow-up activities, and 60% of the enterprises improved their management systems. Concurrently, 3 workshops were organized for 60 managers who received assistance in setting up their own management systems.
“It is quite impressive to see that enterprises, which were trained and are certified, allocated and invested continuously huge resources to implement and improve their management systems, not only for their exports but also to systematically and effectively respond to global concerns on environment, climate change and social inclusiveness”, said UNIDO Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division Chief Steffen Kaeser.
Furthermore, 27 MEE enterprises’ environmental, occupational health and safety management systems were certified while also obtaining the new ISO 50001 standard for energy management system. 65% of the certified enterprises reported new customers, more import orders or increasing market shares. The enterprises also mentioned a reduction in accidents and sick leave as well as a 10 to 20 percent reduction in annual waste discharge.
“The provincial strategy of Refreshing Fujian, Greening Development, synergizes with UNIDO’s ISID mission”, said FJDOCOM’s WANG Baishuang. “Fujian is very much looking forward to more and in-depth cooperation with UNIDO, in particular on investment and trade capacity building under the Belt and Road Initiative”.
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