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Enhancing the Global Visibility of Chemical Leasing and Acknowledging Best Practices of Companies and Individuals


By: Akilnathan Logeswaran, UNIDO Environmental Management Branch, HQ Vienna

For the third time, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) joins hands with various governments to acknowledge best practices of the Chemical Leasing service-based business concept. Chemical Leasing is part of UNIDO’s Green Industry strategy and encourages the international community to commit to sound chemicals management and resource efficiency.

Companies and individuals are encouraged to submit applications for the award in four categories: Case studies (for companies), Consulting services, Scientific publications, and Public relation until the 15 August 2014.

The jury consisting of the representatives from the supporting governments (Austria, Germany and Switzerland) and the UNIDO will award the winners during the international Conference and Exhibition on Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering ecochem (www.ecochemex.com) which is taking place from 11 to 13 November 2014 in Basel, Switzerland and is expected to be attended by some 3000 delegates and 120 exhibitors.

Chemical Leasing is a service-based business model that supports sustainable chemicals management and responds to the latest changes in international chemicals policies. Traditionally, chemicals are sold to customers, who become owners of the substances and therefore responsible for its use and disposal. Their suppliers have a clear economic interest in increasing the amount of chemicals sold, which is usually related to negative releases to the environment. Compared to this approach, the concept of Chemical Leasing is much more service-oriented. In this business model the customer pays for the benefits obtained from the chemical, not for the substance itself. Consequently the economic success of the supplier is not linked with product turnover anymore. The chemical consumption becomes a cost rather than a revenue factor for the chemicals supplier. He will try to optimize the use of the chemical and improve the conditions for recycling in order to reduce the amount consumed, which again reduces the environmental pollution.

Since 2004, UNIDO is promoting Chemical Leasing in close cooperation with the partners of the UNIDO/UNEP Global Resource and Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) Network which presently includes 50 National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs). The first pilot projects were initiated in 2005 in Egypt, Mexico and the Russia, followed by Sri Lanka, Serbia and Colombia in 2008. Additional Chemical Leasing activities started in cooperation with the NCPCs in Brazil, Croatia, Nicaragua and Uganda.

The Chemical Leasing Award 2014 intends to further enhance the global visibility of Chemical Leasing, acknowledge best practices and inspire companies and individuals around the globe to apply the Chemical Leasing business concept by reducing the inefficient use and over-consumption of chemicals and developing strong business partnerships and innovation along the entire supply chain.

For more information on the Chemical Leasing Award 2014 and the business concept, please click here or contact Mrs. Petra Schwager: p.schwager@unido.org, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO.