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Industrial wastewater management in Lebanon

The government of Lebanon set out to tackle industrial wastewater pollution, which was being discharged with little or no prior treatment directly into rivers and streams. Following a number of key strategies and plans, a performance standard was introduced, setting a regulatory requirement for industry. International partners helped by providing support (advise/consultancy), assisting companies to make the transition to cleaner practices.

Thailand National Energy Efficiency Programme

The government of Thailand has embraced energy conservation as a cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country, while also strengthening energy security. A complementary set of policies have been implemented, setting standards for industry and incentivising energy efficient projects across society. Financed through a sales tax on petroleum products, the programme has been a great success, significantly reducing peak demand in the country.

Replacement of incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights in Ghana

By setting regulatory requirements, Ghana was able to successfully phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs, saving 6% of the country’s energy demand. A widespread transition to the responsible purchasing of better Compact Fluorescent Lights was achieved through regulation and standards, complemented by other measures including providing incentives to consumers, and certifying and labelling bulbs.

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

Australia has introduced a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS), in order to promote a sustainable water cycle. Much of Australia faces regular drought conditions, requiring a strategy for saving water. The national scheme introduces a performance standard requiring certain products to be registered and labelled with a water efficiency label, to inform consumers about more water (and cost) efficient products.

Extended Producer Responsibility System for consumer goods

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) System of South Korea was introduced in 2003 to promote take-back and recycling of a number of product groups and support the emergence of a circular economy. The EPR Scheme aims to pass financial and legal responsibility for the management of an end-of-life product to product manufacturers, thoughsetting regulatory requirements and performance standards that incentivise waste prevention and life-cycle thinking at design stage.

How an ancient and cultural capital builds a low carbon city

The Government of Taiwan launched a “low carbon cities” policy in response to the global warming. To facilitate the national sustainable development and the United Nation's goal of carbon emission reduction by 2050, Tainan, as the cultural capital, set up an ambitious plan toward a low carbon city.

Green Credit guidelines in China

The Chinese government-led Green Credit initiative, is part of the country’s sustainable finance package. Via policies and management measures, the initiative essentially restricts bank loans to projects that are harmful for the environment and increases loans to projects that benefit the environment.

Rainwater and greywater reuse systems in the Barcelona

Alternative water resources are gaining momentum in Catalonia (Spain) in an effort to promote water conservation and build resilience against droughts. Since 2002 more than 50 municipalities have approved a water saving ordinance that involves the installation of rainwater harvesting and/or greywater reuse systems in new buildings. Agenda 21 processes played a significant role in together with local governments.

Green Suppliers Network

The Green Suppliers Network aims to minimise carbon footprints by reducing energy consumption, increasing productivity, and driving innovation. Its members, who are large manufacturers from across the value chain, benefit from customised, hands-on assessments of production processes to develop their business in a more sustainable way.

Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA)

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles. By disseminating knowledge and providing support to its members ZWIA is promoting the implementation of Zero Waste Principles in various aspects.

The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF)

The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF) is a collaboration of retail institutions and companies based in the United Kingdomproviding support and a platform for these organisations to work together to measure, improve and communicate the environmental performance of the grocery and home improvement products.[1]

 
German RETech Partnership (GRP) – a network of experts in the waste and recycling sector

The RETech Partnership is an independent network of mainly German companies and institutions in the waste management and recycling sector. The objective of the Partnership is to set up a portal for export-oriented recycling and waste companies. Its aims at promoting the sector of clean-tech, fostering worldwide technology transfer, providing access to German expertise and creating new market opportunities for German firms. 

Act and Working Group on Remediation for Soil and Groundwater Pollution of Asian and Pacific Region (ReSAGPAPR WG)

In 2000, the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act was enforced in Taiwan, setting regulatory requirements as a new performance standard. Based on it, measures like assigning pollution fees, creating research projects, providing consultancy and technical developments were implemented successfully to maintain an eco-innovative  sound pollutant control in soil and groundwater environments.

Optimising industrial production by using data from machines and sensing devices

The KAP approach (Knowledge – Awareness – Prediction). KAP (Knowledge of past performance and Awareness of the present state, enabling the Prediction of future outcomes) aims at providing manufacturing standards in an holistic approach for achieving energy efficiency in industry. To this end, KAP focussed on defining production indicators that included sustainability criteria and energy efficiency.

Resource innovation Network for European Waste (ReNEW)

The Resource Innovation Network for European Waste (ReNEW) represents a network of organisations whose aim it is to develop, support and deliver innovations for and along the waste supply chain.[1] It successfully promotes the recovery of valuable materials from waste.[2] By combining activities the partners are promoting sustainable practices among a wide range of target groups.

 
ENERGIESPARNETZWERK ESN GmbH (Energy Saving Network)

The Energy Saving Network in Germany was initiated by main industry partners to offer private home owners a one stop shop to receive comprehensive information and support regarding the refurbishment of residential buildings to improve their energy efficiency.[1] It improves the energy efficiency in buildings significantly.[2]

 
Stimulating sustainable consumption in public procurement

In order to promote sustainable consumption in public organizations, a method for considerate design in public procurement was developed by the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden. The method supports responsible purchasing by helping public organizations as well as architects and designers to reduce environmental impact when considering changing the business’s work environment.  

The ECOPROFIT® programme supporting sustainable economic development

ECOPROFIT® ("ECOlogical PROject For Integrated Environmental Technology) is a programme for promoting sustainable practices and economic development created by the Environment Department of the City of Graz, Austria, in 1991. The goal of the programme is to motivate enterprises and municipalities alike to incorporate cleaner production practices and policies into their everyday business.

WRAP

WRAP is a non-for profit company in Great Britain, providing support and a platform for organisations to work together to measure, improve and communicate on environmental performance, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.[1]

 

Zero Waste Network

The Zero Waste Network (ZWN) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to finding money-saving options for conserving natural resources. It works to identify pollution prevention options for large and small businesses as well as consumers by helping companies become more efficient.

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