UNIDO–UNEP Program on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production


This Project falls under the umbrella of the global joint UNIDO-UNEP Programme on Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) in Developing and Transition Countries, and is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO, Economic Development and Cooperation) through UNIDO’s Industrial Development Fund, for the timeframe 2012-2016. SECO has identified activities on RECP for waste and pollution prevention as one of the thematic priorities.

The present project focuses on the Rice and Coffee sectors in a selection of 4 target countries, namely Peru, Colombie, Cambodia and Vietnam.


The aim of the Project on Industrial Waste Minimization for Low Carbon Production is to achieve step-reductions (as compared to incremental reductions) in the generation of industrial waste and by-products, including organic materials, as well as to foster their valorization. This serves the triple purpose of

  • improving the local environment (less waste and waste water),
  • mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (reduced energy consumption and reduced methane generation from waste) and
  • economic benefits (resource productivity and possibly better product quality).

This could require the introduction of new Environmentally Sound Technology (either as processing technology or for recovery of materials and/or energy), or might be achieved by improvements in management and supply chains or development of by-product businesses.