The pilot UNIDO project ‘National Cleaner Production Program in Ukraine-Launching and Operation’ started in 2007 under the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky KPI” with the aim to help improve the competitiveness and productivity of Ukrainian industry and reduce negative environmental impact. The main project goal – recalibrate production process by implementing technical measures; establish active system in Ukraine to further distribute the Cleaner Production Program.
Based on accumulated positive results during pilot project phase, UNIDO and the Government of Switzerland in 2011 signed a formal agreement to make Ukraine start the realization of a more ambitious project ‘Promoting the Adaptation and Adoption of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) through the Establishment and Operation of a Cleaner Production Centre (CPC) in Ukraine’, which actually started at 2012 year end. In January 2013, the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre (RECPC NGO) was established within the project frame. The governments of Switzerland and the Republic of Austria became the project donors.
The Project founders and the national partners are:
- National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky KPI” (http://www.kpi.ua/),
- Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika” (http://www.spark.kpi.ua/ ) and
- Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Headed by the University of Applied Sciences in Northwest Switzerland (FHNW), the Swiss consortium was selected as a Swiss Reference Centre to provide technical support to RECPC in Ukraine.
Within long project period, the RECP Centre managed to establish and maintain good relations not just with its founders and donors, but also with a number of Ukrainian ministries, namely, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Education and Science.
In its everyday activities, the Centre is guided by sector-specific and professional approaches when dealing with national priority industries and these are: chemical, agro-industrial, metallurgical and metal-processing industries.
In 2017 the Centre was certified according to ISO 9001: 2015.