The conference “Moving towards a resource efficient and cleaner production in Bosnia and Herzegovina” was held on September 20-21 on Jahorina Mountain in the framework of the National Cleaner Production Program (NCCP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event brought together national stakeholders and the industry to showcase examples of best practice in Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, achieved within the first phase of program implementationm as well as to explore the possibilities for cooperation with higher education and research institutions, both with the aim to achieve economic growth and sustainable development. The conference was attended by more than 50 participants representing industrial companies, government, trade associations, universities, consultants, NGOs, and students.
Since the official launch of the NCCP on 18 December, 2015, the UNIDO project has achieved the following results:
- RECP assessments in 10 industrial companies from food, textile, printing and construction sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina with more than 1,400 employees.
- Economic savings and environmental benefits achieved:
- Average savings per company: €125,000/year
- Total decrease of water consumption: 64,000 m3/year
- Total decrease in energy consumption: 68 mill MJ/year
- Total decrease in waste generation 700 t/god
- Total decrease in CO2 emissions: 32.000 t/year
- 20 national experts (6 females, 14 male) were trained in RECP
- NCPP Bosnia and Herzegovina organized:
- 2 training workshops for national experts and company representatives (25% female/75% male)
- 2 awareness raising seminars with more than 70 participants (35% female/65% male)
- 1 awards ceremony
- 1 conference with more than 50 participants (40% female/60% male) at which RECP was presented
- On-site visits of more than 50 university students to 2 participating companies
One of the objectives of the NCCP is to develop and follow a strategy on gender mainstreaming to ensure that women and men have equal access to training and thus contribute to equal employment opportunities for women.