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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.

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.

Framework Act on Low Carbon and Green Growth in South Korea

The government of South Korea views green technology and green industry as the engine to promote economic growth and create employment opportunity. The "Framework Act on Low Carbon, Green Growth" was announced in January 2010 for clarifying the relevant official organization and the green growth responsibility and characters in industries.

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.

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.

Top Runner Program – energy efficiency improvements by making the best available on the market, the new normal

Japan's Top Runner program is setting regulatory requirements as an efficiency performance standard for a wide variety of products sold in Japan. The officials test all of the products currently available in a category, determine the most efficient model, and establish that model's level of efficiency as the new baseline.

Large-scale industrial demonstration projects: the Environmental Innovation Programme

The "Programme to promote investment in demonstration projects aiming at environmental impact reduction, or, in short, Environmental Innovation Programme (Umweltinnovationsprogramm, UIP), supports companies with large-scale pilot projects that focus on the development and application of environmental innovations. This policy measure focuses mainly on demonstration projects and technology transfer. The funding comprises loans with interest subsidy, and in special cases investment subsidies.