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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, UNIDO

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, UNIDO

At a Glance







Introduction of resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) in Ukraine through the establishment of a Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre (the Centre) and its effective operation throughout the whole country

Key task

Promoting the Adaptation and Adoption of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production methods, practices, technologies and policies, providing national industries with the necessary tools to facilitate access to national and regional markets with environmentally sound products and improve the ability of national enterprises to successfully negotiate their position in the global market

RECP Centre's role

The Centre is a reliable service provider to meet the needs of Ukrainian manufacturing enterprises and to help them improve their resource intensity, increase competitiveness, and reduce their negative burden on the environment. All that is possible through wide implementation of a RECP concept in Ukraine. In addition, the Centre is also a sustainable partner for industrial enterprises, it supports them in addressing various economic challenges, helps enhancing rational consumption of energy, heat, water, raw materials, chemicals and teaches them to prevent waste generation

RECP Project Outcomes

Over the years of the project, the Centre assessed 170 facilities including manufacturing companies from various industries like machine building and metalworking, food, light industry, etc.

When performing technical assessments, the RECP Centre experts identified numerical cases of inefficient consumption of energy, materials, water, etc. and then developed technical solutions to optimize productions, reduce resource consumption and save the money for the assessed companies.

The experts of the Centre provided the monitoring of the measures implementation on an ongoing basis and that really demonstrated the real effect of cooperation between the Centre and the enterprises

Main production resources

Total resource saving potential

Results of implemented measures

Cumulative effect of implemented measures

The introduction of RECP concept in Ukraine provided for national capcity building. Trainings for 500 trainees were organized in 6 regions of Ukraine. 325 participants, almost 50% women, became the experts in resource efficient and cleaner production.

In 2020, the first online course on “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” was offered in Ukraine and it is now available on the Centre’s website. It consists of 14 videos covering common approaches and practical steps to implement resource efficient production. The course speakers are qualified experts in energy saving, resource efficiency, sound chemicals management, and environmental protection. The advantages of the course include its convenient online format and the possibility of qualifying for an e-certificate after successfully passing the test.

As part of cooperation with national universities, the Centre organized informational seminars for university professors. Thus, “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” as an academic course has already become an integral part of the curriculum in 6 Ukrainian universities and 1 college:
– Igor Sikorsky KPI
– Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University
– Ukrainian National Forestry University
– National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine
– V.I. Vernadsky Taurida National University
– Kharkiv State University of Railway Transport
– State Higher Educational Institution “Kyiv Electromechanical College”

The Centre prepared valuable reference training tools to provide information and methodological support to those university professors interested in developing and integrating their own RECP courses.

Cooperation with national universities

Being motivated to widely disseminate the RECP concept throughout Ukraine, the Centre organized nearly 140 informational events for more than 8,500 participants from companies, businesses, organizations, associations, government and financial agencies, research institutes, universities and stakeholders dealing with green economy, resource efficiency and cleaner production, sustainable production and environmental protection. Women constitued 32%.

As an integral part of project activities, the Centre developed and printed out various publications, handbooks, informational materials about RECP methodology, case studies, best available practices, and the like. You can find all publications split in categories on the Centre’s website in the roubric “Knowledge Center”:

sectoral manuals
RECP and ChL methodology and manuals 
benchmarking tools
case studies
COVID-19 in Ukraine and its impact on business recovery, and the like.

For 8 years, the Centre developed in total 58 publications  (some of them in 2 languages: Ukrainian and English).

In addition to developing informational and educational materials, the Centre developed also video materials on the RECP implementation methodology, chemical leasing business model, activities of the Centre in the regions of Ukraine, etc. A total of 59 videos were developed as part of the project.

You can find all videos by categories on the RECPC YouTube channel:
– RECP and ChL
– webinar, training courses, RECP online-course
– informational events
– interviews.

Round table discussion "Implementing energy saving and resource efficient technologies in processsing industry and agriculture of Ukraine: achievements and perspectives" (10.10.19, Kyiv)

National Conference
"Ecomodernization of Ukrainian industry: from resource efficiency to circular economy"
(16.12.20, online)

Centre's publications in the web roubric "Knowledge Centre"

The Centre cooperates with international organizations and is recognized as a reliable partner in awareness raising projects, and those focused on disseminating and implementing circular economy models, resource saving and environmental protection.

In addition to the main UNIDO project, the Centre is actively engaged in other international projects in Ukraine:

  1. European Union for Environment (EU4Environment) in Ukraine 
  2. Advisory Services for Energy Efficiency in Companies (GIZ)

  3. Energy Efficiency in Municipalities II (GIZ)
  4. The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project
  5. Promotion of Environmental and Technical Higher Education (PROMETHE-U.S.)
  6. Demonstration RECP project under EU-funded “Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) programme
  7. Programme to Support the Green Modernization of the Ukrainian Economy (GIZ)
  8. Ukraine-Norway Project: “Retraining and social adaptation of military personnel and their family members in Ukraine”

The key task of the Centre in the implementation of all relevant projects lies primarily in disseminating information about the concept of “green” and circular economies, RECP, sustainable industrial production and environmental protection in Ukraine, as well as promoting the implementation of the principles and practices of the above concepts in Ukrainian industry, thereby helping enterprises and industries to improve their economic and environmental performance.


RECP concept

The resource efficient and cleaner production concept is one of the key tools for implementing circular economy, as proposed by UNIDO and UNEP in 1989. The key idea lies in converting resources, namely, water, materials, energy into product outputs as efficiently as possible, while minimizing the generation of waste, emissions and wastewater. This provides companies with additional economic benefits and reduces their environmental footprint. The main slogan of this concept is “Produce more, use less”

Supplementary tasks

Heightening economic and environmental performance through improved productive use of resources, building national capacity and promoting the concept of resource efficient and cleaner production throughout Ukraine