On 21 December 2022, the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) training for Moldovan industries was organized in an online format, with a focus on the presentation of the RECP in-plant assessment reports (the last part of the overall RECP training process in the country).
In 2022, 15 professionals from the Republic of Moldova registered as RECP trainees within the EU-funded EU4Environment programme to learn more about resource efficiency and how to embed it practically, within enterprises. The RECP training is an activity part of the RECP Demonstration Project led by UNIDO under EU4Environment, aiming to provide hands-on experience and advanced training on the application of the RECP methodology to professional trainees and company staff.
In a nutshell, RECP represents a set of preventive environmental strategies designed for processes, products, and services to increase efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the environment. At the same time, these measures have the potential to reduce the consumption of materials and energy, reducing thus, production costs. Within the Demonstration Project, the participants learn in a step-by-step manner how to analyse production processes, identify sources of waste and emissions, understand the root causes of losses, and develop organisational and technical measures for improvement.
In the last few months, the trainees from Moldova received this specialised training and completed the RECP dedicated exam, covering both theory and practice.
On 21 December, they resumed the final session, which includes presentations as well as discussions and feedback on the strategies needed to communicate, present, and critically examine the RECP assessment outcomes in order to facilitate the next steps needed by the management of each RECP Demonstration Company. This is an important approach as the management’s acceptance or rejection of the RECP proposal depends, to some degree, on the level of professionalism, knowledge, and delivery of findings for the identified RECP measures. Thus, the trainees will not only present their own findings and learn from the experiences of others, but also interact and propose the best ways to move forward in the preparation of the RECP action plans.
The meeting objectives also included the:
- findings from each of the RECP in-plant assessment report
- summary of the general outcomes and experiences from the RECP assessments
- conclusion on the RECP Demonstration Project in the Republic of Moldova with the next steps for both the RECP trainees and the assessed companies