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Training Workshop “Recycling for the Footwear and Apparel Industry”




A 2-day online training “Recycling for the Footwear and Apparel Industry” was held on September 24-25, 2020.
The training workshop is part of the specialized RECP trainings within the EU-funded programme “European Union for Environment (EU4Environment)” carried out by UNIDO as a part of its work on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) and Circular Economy in six countries of the Eastern Partnership region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine.

The welcoming speeches were made by Mr. Oleksandr Zadorozhniy, Deputy Director, Directorate for Industrial Policy and Stimulation of Regional Development, Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, EU4Environment Project Focal Point from the Ministry, Ms. Olena Koltyk, Advisor to the Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Ms. Chloé Allio, Head of Section – Operations – Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, and Ms. Tatiana Chernyavskaya, International Project Coordinator, Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization. 

All speakers noted the problem of waste recycling, the use of resource potential in waste recycling processes, as this issue is relevant not only for Ukraine, but also for other countries.

Dr. Johannes Fresner acted as the workshop trainer. He has been for years the UNIDO expert and an expert in Ecological Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

The Workshop consisted of 2 sessions: theoretical and practical.

The agenda covered the following items:
– European legal framework, initiatives, a strategic forecast, circular strategies at company level including design, material selection, waste separation, recycling opportunities;
– Materials used in footwear, textiles and garments, recycling options, feasibility;
– The way forward: new materials, business models, cooperation.

The more active session was the practical one, where all participants were divided into
4 working groups to perform the task. Each group had a facilitator who explained the assignments and coordinated their execution performance. During this part, all participants in their groups discussed, analyzed and shared their knowledge on waste recycling to perform tasks. Afterwards, a representative from each group presented the results of the completed task.

More than 40 participants (56% women) took part in the 2-day training workshop, representatives of Ukrainian companies from footwear and apparel industry included.

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* The training workshop is organized within the frame of EU4Environment Programme funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of international partners, including OECD, UNIDO, UN Environment, UNECE and the World Bank.