UNEP, UNIDO & RECPnet: How Small Can Also Be Green

UNEP, UNIDO & RECPnet: How Small Can Also Be Green

  • Overview

    Project objectives

    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.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    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 goals

    Partnership types of interest

    Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Issue 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


    Existing partners

    The RECPnet: UNIDO, UNEP, bilateral and multilateral donor governments, private sector partners and clients in 64 countries

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Business Association Global; Business Association Local; City; Company; NGO Global; NGO Local; Public Sector Organization; Small or Medium-sized Enterprise; Social Enterprise