ASSIST PGM Director invited to be senior expert of IEEPA

28 02 2012

Sathappan Sathappan, the Projects and Grants Management Director of ASSIST, has been invited by the International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA) to serve as a Senior Expert in its Academic and Experts Committee.

IEEPA is an independent, professional and non-profit international organization specializing in sustainable development between economy and environment. Founded in 1997, it aims to encourage governments and enterprises in making diversified investment and construction, maintaining the harmony between the environment and industries and achieving sustainable development for human society.

In inviting Sathappan, IEEPA recognizes his significant contribution to environmental research and sustainable development, by managing projects relevant to environmental protection.

Among these are ConservePhil (Energy Efficiency for Retailers in the Philippines), Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia (LEAP), Systematic Engagement to Culture Responsible Enterprises in Gujarat (SECURE Gujarat).

Being a member of the committee mission will allow Sathappan to help carry out multidisciplinary and multi-angle and all-round researches on pressing issues and difficulties about industry or enterprise development,offer professional and policy-based research reports and proposals for relevant government agencies, enterprise decision-makers, high-level academic and expert plaform for all walks of life. He will also provide expert insights for the IEEPA Research Department.#


India’s largest mining company Sterlite Industries partners with ASSIST for ISO 50001

28 02 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is proud to have been selected to provide technical services to aid Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd in implementing ISO 50001 Energy Management System. The initiative was formalized in a project launch held at Sterlite’s Conference Room in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India.

Through this initiative, Sterlite will oversee two plants located at Tuticorin and Silvassa in setting up energy efficiency measures and ensuring compliance wth ISO 50001.

During the launch, ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan presented the project overview. Afterwards, ASSIST and Sterlite engaged in a  detailed project planning session.

Sterlite was represented by the business excellence team led by Mr. G. Ramakrishna Nayak, and Ms. Kalyani and Ms. Geetha. Meanwhile, the ASSIST team was composed of Sathappan and Consultants Venkataraman and Mithoon.#

ASSIST GPIoS initiative forges partnership with PlantersBank and PCEPSDI

16 02 2012

“ASSIST’s Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability (GPIoS) is proud to forge two important partnerships towards the initiative’s sustainability,” explains project manager Juvy Perez.

Caption: Present at the signing of the agreement were (from left) Mr. Wilson Baldonado - GPIoS Public Relations and Sustainability Officer, Dr. Thomas Dielacher- GPIoS Project Director, Mr. Roberto Banaag – First Vice President and Department Head of Corporate Communication, and Mr. Edward Dennis Liuag- Corporate Communications Department

Last December 14, 2011, GPIoS and Plantersbank signed a partnership, bridging the gap of the lack of SMEs to approach financial institutions and effectively access resources. GPIoS will serve as a tool to increase profitability while being environment-friendly, making SMEs more bankable.

“GPIoS and Plantersbank share a common goal of promoting sustainable development, and this collaboration includes promoting awareness and compliance of Filipino Entrepreneurs on local and national legislation and policies involving sustainable production and consumption,” says project director Dr. Thomas Dielacher.

The partnership will involve heightened use of technology-based assessment and environmental trainings for participating SMEs. Plantersbank with the GPIoS implementing partners will attract more pro-environmental investors and transactions and a well-founded public –private partnership. Plantersbank itself will undergo assessment as part of the GPIoS Phase 2 companies under ECOFOCUS Programme. It will also host workshops for their clients which will participate under the GPIoS ECOSENSE Program.

GPIoS also partnered with Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc., the secretariat for the National Eco-labeling Program “GreenChoice” Philippines last January 25, 2012, Berjaya Hotel, Makati City.

GPIoS and PCEPSDI share a common advocacy for caring to the environment through creating awareness and compliance of Filipino entrepreneurs on local and national policies involving sustainable production and consumption. The experts from GPIoS project will work together with the National Eco-labeling Program-Green Choice Philippines in the development of environmental standards for products. Moreover, the two organizations, with their network of companies will present and promote the “GPIoS shining showcases” to attract more pro-environmental actions and to engage in the National Eco-labeling Program “Green Choice” Philippines.

GPIoS is a project that seeks to contribute to an improved environmental and sustainable industrial development of Metro Manila and CALABARZON regions by introducing measures to save on energy, cut down on wastage and promote best environmental practices within organizations.

Funded by the European Union’s SWITCHAsia program, it is implemented by ASSIST,  GrAT of Austria, Czech Republic’s University of Ostrava (VSB), Austria Recycling (AREC), Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PCCI), European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE) and STENUM. #

SECURE Gujarat project of ASSIST, UL DQS and GCPC ends with a Best Practice Forum

15 02 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Project Systematic Engagement to Culture Responsible Enterprises in Gujarat (SECURE Gujarat) closed with a Best Practice Forum held at the St. Laurn Towers in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India last February 13, 2012.

SECURE GUJARAT is an initiative co-financed by DEG and UL DQS India and implemented by UL DQS India, ASSIST, and Gujarat Cleaner Production Center (GCPC). UNEP and UNIDO, meanwhile, served as knowledge partners (UNEP/UNIDO’s Responsible Production (RP) framework offers practical solutions for a systematic and effective management of chemical hazards, risk identification and reduction, and accident prevention).

The Project Team boasts of significant accomplishments for the 18 month-initiative: establishment of awareness on RP Framework among the chemical industries, conduct of local capacity building activities, and provision of direct technical assistance to 10 companies. Furthermore, the project featured the development of an elearning kit which was distributed to 500 SMEs to help them in the self-implementation of RP framework.

Among those present at the closing ceremony were ASSIST’s Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan, UL DQS’s Dr. Murugan and Dr. Vinit Mishra, and GCPC’s Member Secretary Mr. Bharat Jain.

Also providing a networking venue for all multistakeholders and SMEs, the forum gathered representatives of various industry associations, SMEs and non-profit organizations. #

LEAP Indonesia Project holds multistakeholder dialogues

13 02 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and PT TUV NORD Indonesia conducted multistakeholder dialogues in Jakarta and Medan, Indonesia last January 19 and 26, 2012 for the initiative Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia (LEAP).

LEAP Indonesia is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project designed to help the businesses from five sectors (Cement, Iron and Steel, Textile, Power Plant and Palm Oil) 1) reduce their Green House Gas emissions, 2) become more energy-efficient and 3) contribute to the national plans of the government towards low-carbon economy.

The initiative is co-financed by PT TUV NORD Indonesia and German development bank DEG. ASSIST offers technical expertise, training and technical assistance to local companies for this project.

Through the activity, the project implementers sought to: 1. Strengthen commitment to work together to achieve the goals and objectives of the project; 2. Provide an opportunity for accessing expertise and experience on how best to carry out the capacity-building phase of the project; 3. Generate inputs on the proposed training outline and topics to be covered; 4. Determine optimum strategies for recruiting training participants that will be developed as local trainers; 5. Identify complementarities and synergies with existing efforts and initiatives from government and other stakeholders.

Based on the inputs from the multistakeholder dialogues, training materials and technical assistance for the project would be fine-tuned. #


Top execs gather for PROSPER Sri Lanka project

9 02 2012


Top executives of industries in Sri Lanka convened for the PROmoting Sustainable Practices on Environment and Resource optimization (PROSPER) in Sri Lanka Project last January 30 at the Hilton Colombo Residence.

Co-financed by DEG and DQS UL and implemented by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), DQS UL and Sri Lanka NCPC, PROSPER Sri Lanka aims to raise overall awareness on the need and means to implement Resource Efficient and Clean Production (RECP) methodologies and facilitate the transfer of knowledge through a series of training and capacity building initiatives.

The skill building training courses will target SMEs from manufacturing, textile and apparel, food and agro-processing sectors. The project will also help 10 companies with direct assistance for implementation of RECP.

The event was attended by DQS UL Managing Director Dr. K. Murugan, DQS UL AVP for Sales Amit A Tiwari. ASSIST was represented by Project and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan and project coordinator Kruti Shah. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka National Cleaner Production (NCPC) team was led by Director Mr. Sena Peiris and Deputy Director Mr. Samantha Kumarasena.

DQS UL’s Dr. K. Murugan gave an insight on the companies’ profiles, while Mr. Tiwari provided an introduction to the services offered by their organization. ASSIST’s Sathappan, on the other hand, discussed the organization’s profile, then the background and objectives of the 18-month project. He also tackled the concept of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) as a sound framework for businesses to adopt.

Various sectors represented at the forum include the chemicals industry, textile and services industry. They participated in an interactive discussion conducted to solicit inputs from the company representatives on the opportunities available under the framework.

Following the CEO Forum, the project implementers will also hold roundtable discussions, train-the-trainer workshops, and pilot implementation of the training curricula. #