Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) helps companies minimize the environmental impact of their operations and cut their use of resources while raising productivity. With these goals in mind, a RECP demonstration project was established in Ukraine in 2013 under the European Union funded “Greening Economies in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) programme (2013-17), and continues to be part of its ongoing successor programme, the EU4Environment Action (2019-2022).
Under EaP GREEN, 48 Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were helped to develop RECP action plans. Since then, others have joined in adopting RECP measures, which has brought them continuing improvements in environmental performance, lowered production costs, and a boosted productivity.
This brochure highlights the direct impacts on the SMEs implementing the RECP methodology under the EaP GREEN programme, pointing to ways to tackle challenges, build on success stories, and sustain further progress.