Recognizing Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation’s (ASSIST) initiatives in the promotion of sound chemicals management and responsible production in SMEs in Asia, ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas ‘Sreeni’ Narayanan has been invited to speak at the Tokyo Green Industry Conference organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The event will be held on November 16 to 18, 2011 at the Tokyo Big Sight Conference and Exhibition Center.
The Tokyo Green Industry Conference will highlight available environmental/resource conservation techniques and practices, which are good for business and the environment, as well as for employees, communities and consumers. It will also facilitate discussions on policy and business solutions to “achieve a widespread uptake of proven techniques and technologies, as well as to enable innovation to deliver longer term solutions towards even greater reductions in resource use and pollution intensity.”
In addition, the Conference will serve as a venue for aligning environmental technology needs with the international supply of best available techniques and best environmental practices.
Among ASSIST’s efforts at greening the industries is the Systematic Engagement to Culture Responsible Enterprises in Gujarat (SECURE Gujarat), a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Project funded by German Development Bank DEG, which aims to explore how Responsible Production (RP) Framework can be mainstreamed in India’s rapidly growing economy.
Under the PRE-SMEs (Promoting Resource Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries) project, ASSIST also developed a self-implementation resource efficiency toolkit for the UN Environmental Program (UNEP). Later, it also released a Responsible Production Learners and Trainers Companion, an interactive software-based training and communication package that can be used by presenters, trainers and trainees to raise awareness to the benefits of the approach and to guide RP users through some of the most important tools in the RP Toolkit.
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