VIENNA, 6 November 2018 - In partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Environment Agency (UBA), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), UNIDO brought together more than 150 participants from governments, institutions and enterprises as well as leading Chemical Leasing experts to highlight the importance of Chemical Leasing and the need to support policy dialogue, up-scaling and mainstreaming as well as establishing partnerships at the global level.
Chemical Leasing is a service-orientated circular economy business model that can effectively address the different sustainability dimensions of chemical use. It aims to simultaneously create financial, environmental and human well-being. Chemical Leasing strives for a triple win situation for both partners involved as well as for the environment.
During the event, the winners of the fourth Global Chemical Leasing Award were announced. The Award, which was launched in 2010, promotes the application of innovative business models and inspires companies and individuals around the globe to foster sustainability. The sheer number of applications received (91 in total from 20 countries, including 54 in the category "Case studies", 18 in the category "Special innovation", and 19 in the category "Research") proves that Chemical Leasing is gaining momentum and is being applied in many companies worldwide and in different sectors.
“Since 2005, UNIDO moved from a Chemical Leasing implementer to a promoter and facilitator who enables countries to link economic and environmental benefits through this circular economy business model”, said Philippe Scholtès, Managing Director of the UNIDO Programme for Technical Cooperation. “The Global Chemical Leasing Awards acknowledge best practices, innovative approaches and research related to Chemical Leasing”.
Paul Anastas, Founder of the 12 principles of Green Chemistry and Director of Yale’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, delivered a keynote address, emphasizing the need for a paradigm change, including the contribution of innovative business models such as Green Chemistry, to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
Having seen the results of Chemical Leasing in their countries, El Salvador, Sri Lanka and Serbia signed the Declaration of Intent on Chemical Leasing during the event, which was already signed by Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The event was organized as part of the Green Chemistry Conference 2018 within the Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) programme, “Smart and Sustainable Europe”, held during Austria’s EU Presidency.
The final list of the winners can be found further below under related documents.
The event can be re-watched here.
German version available here.
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Senior Industrial Development Officer
UNIDO Industrial Resource Efficiency Division