It can be difficult for entrepreneurs in countries with limited access to technological and financial resources to adopt resource-efficient and cleaner production technologies. As a result, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing and transition economies miss out on opportunities to become more profitable and have a positive impact on society, economy and the environment.
To address this gap, UNIDO and UNEP teamed up with the private sector, bilateral donors and governments to establish the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production network (RECPnet).
The network is made up of 74 centres from around 64 countries where SMEs can get advice and training on how to access and use these greener technologies. This long-standing partnership has assisted hundreds of thousands of SMEs and entrepreneurs on four continents.
Partnership Type: Local Implementation Partnership
Business Driver: By engaging in multi-stakeholder platforms like RECPnet, small businesses can access green technology solutions, acquire critical knowledge, and operate more efficiently than they might otherwise.
Learning: Speaking the language of business and making a clear business case for joining multi-stakeholder partnership platforms is critical to achieving results – and crucial to securing financial support from business stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of a long-term initiative.Project URL
1. No poverty; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 17. Partnerships for the goalsPartnership types of interest
Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines developmentIssue areas
Biodiversity; Child Labour; Climate Change; Energy; Forced Labour; Labour; Migrant Workers; Poverty; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9