United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO has enhanced the experiences of enterprises on the application of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, RECP in producing food, construction materials and chemicals in Armenia.
The organisation, it disclosed in a statement had last week hosted a conference on RECP for better enterprises, cleaner environment and green economy” in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
It said RECP applies preventive environmental management practices and total productivity methods to improve productive use of materials, energy and water and reduce the generation of waste, effluents and emissions.
The statement informed that enterprises shared their experiences of applying RECP in producing food, construction materials and chemicals, and 10 national experts received UNIDO RECP certifications.
Armen Araqelyan, manager of Arame and Sophi Ltd, said that his company which makes cheese was able to save at least 20 per cent of energy by restructuring the refrigeration system in the warehouse.
“We spent less than EUR 1,000 in restructuring this system, but the energy fees saved last year have far surpassed that cost.
“Also, the new system eliminated the use of propane in pasteurization, which greatly improved the quality of our products and the working environment,” said Araqelyan.
The managing director of a poultry producing company, Arthur Hambardzumyan, said that his company had saved expenses and improved the quality of their products after the national RECP experts convinced the company to optimize the poultry operation and build insulation for new aviaries.
Chief of UNIDO’s Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, René Van Berkel, said “UNIDO will further support the implementation of RECP in the participating enterprises, provide training courses and demonstrate best practices”.
He added that UNIDO also plans to work with selected municipalities in creating RECP clubs that will support small businesses in adopting RECP.
The statement informed that the conference was organised with the financial support of the European Union’s Partnership for Environment and Growth, EaP GREEN in the Eastern Partnership countries.
It added that similar conferences were held previously in Georgia and Azerbaijan.

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