Greening economies in the European Union’s Eastern neighbourhood (EaP GREEN)
The “Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) programme aims to support the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, to move towards a green economy by decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion.
The four year programme, which began in 2013 and will be extended until September 2017, is financed by the European Commission, with additional co-financing from the Government of Slovenia, the Development Bank of Austria and the implementing Organizations, namely the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The programme's main target groups are Governments and the private sector.
EaP GREEN is structured around three components: (1) Governance and financing tools for sustainable production and consumption and green economy; (2) Strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment accompanying the policy implementation of the above mentioned governance and financing tools; and (3) Demonstration projects.
UNIDO and UNEP are responsible for the implementation of the demonstration projects, which show the application of the resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) methodology in the food, chemicals and construction materials' manufacturing sectors. To this end, UNIDO has contracted national teams in each country to run the organizational, logistic and administrative aspects of the programme, including the organization of trainings and events, delivery of demonstration projects, preparation of publications, etc.
The RECP Demonstration programme aims to implement the following activities:
- Identify, train and coach national experts in basic and advanced RECP methods and applications, as well as in supportive management/entrepreneurship topics;
- Raise awareness and improve the understanding of RECP opportunities and benefits at the national and regional levels among enterprises, government and civil society;
- Improve resource productivity and environmental performance through demonstrating RECP in enterprises and other national organizations.
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