ASSIST joins the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2012

27 06 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is pleased to have joined the seventh Asia Clean Energy Forum, held last June 4 to 8 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, Philippines, along with more than 800 stakeholders from 55 countries.

The event was hosted with the overarching theme “Accelerating Low-Carbon Energy for All”. It served as a unique platform for dialogue between private, public and government stakeholders on the implementation and development of Clean Energy programs in Asia. Furthermore, it provided the attendees with updates on existing clean energy initiatives and on the state and availability of clean energy funding facilities.

The weeklong program was highlighted by sessions led by distinguished panelists, such as Haruhiko Kuroda of the ADB, Cliff Polycarp of the World Resources Institute, and Mary Ann Lucille Sering, Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, who discussed such pressing topics as “Financing Sustainability and Enabling Profitability”, “Clean Energy Access in South Asia” or “Clean Cooking Solutions for the Poor”.

ASSIST was represented by Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan, Partnership and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson and Group Associate Mahnaz Zanganeh.#


4th Annual Merck Safety Summit features ASSIST

21 06 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) joined the 4th Annual Merck Safety Summit, held June 1 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, Philippines, along with representatives from private companies, hospitals, academia, governmental agencies and NGOs.

The event summoned more than 500 participants in order to raise awareness towards the importance of safe handling of chemical waste and, in a broader context, of waste management.

It featured several Plenary Sessions led by distinguished experts in this field, such as Dr. Ulrich Billerbeck, Director and Safety Engineer from Merck Germany, who opened the session with a keynote speech on “Waste Management with Safe Handling of Chemicals”.

Other speakers include Dr. Rosalinda Torres, from the Industrial Technology Development Institute, Ms. Valeriana G. Reyes from the World Safety Organization and Mr. Ariel Entico, from Envirocare, who provided insights into their experiences and expertise.
ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan delivered a presentation on ASSIST’s toolkit on Responsible Production (RP) and elaborated on the RP Framework Model, thereby helping disseminate UNEP’s RP Approach to industries, local authorities, technical institutions, trainers and the academe.

The Summit also featured several booths, designed as venues of exchange for key stakeholders and experts in the field of waste management. As one of the organizations granted this honor, ASSIST used the designated space to introduce the attendees into its PRE-SME and RP Toolkits.#

ASSIST holds SME Leader’s Forum for PROSPECT-EnMS

20 06 2012

As part of the Promote Sustainable Program of energy Consumption Through Energy Management System (PROSPECT-EnMS), the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and its project partners held three SME Leader’s Forums in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, from June 6 to June 8, 2012.

PROSPECT-EnMS is a Public-Private Partnership project jointly implemented by DEG, TUV NORD Vietnam & ASSIST and is scheduled to run from March 2012 to August 2013. It ultimately reckons the challenge the rapidly growing Vietnamese economy faces now- balancing environmental sustainability with the urge of maintaining socio-economic growth.

This balancing act can only be performed by successfully tackling the country’s mostly inefficient use of energy. ASSIST and its project partners aim at improving energy management among local SMEs through the implementation of EnMS and energy efficiency best practices, which will contribute to Green House Gas emission reduction and therefore put the country’s future development on an environmentally sustainable basis.

The SME Leaders’ Forums gathered some 80 representatives of Vietnamese SMEs as well as from governmental bodies. The implementation parties were represented by TUV NORD Vietnam Project Director Le Sy Trung, ASSIST Mekong Regional Director Aru David, and ASSIST Lead Consultant G. Krishnakumar. Besides introducing the project, the management team provided an overview of ISO 50001 and the selection criteria for 10 pilot SMEs, which will serve as showcase for the successful implementation of Energy Management Systems.

The events were graced by the presence of Nguyen Kinh Luan, from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (VNEEP), Vu Thi Bich Hau, the Vice Director from the Department of Science of Technology in Da Nang and representatives of ENERTEAM. They gave the attendees a broad insight into their comprehensive experiences with regard to current issues of energy consumption in Vietnam and the question of how to manage energy systems efficiently.

The program also featured, among others, a comprehensive Training of Trainers’ program, the provision of gap assessment sessions and technical assistance for the pilot SMEs, the development of an Energy Management Systems Handbook and a Certification Program for Energy Managers.#

ASSIST leads Cleaner Production ToT for PROSPER Sri Lanka

18 06 2012

In collaboration with its partners for the PROmoting Sustainable Practices on Environment and Resource optimization (PROSPER) in Sri Lanka project, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) led the training of trainer workshop at the Plastic and Rubber Institute, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka last May 23 to 25, 2012.


PROSPER Sri Lanka is a project co-financed by DEG and UL DQS and implemented by UL DQS, ASSIST, and NCPC, Sri Lanka that will run for 18 months. The project aims to raise overall awareness on the need and means to implement Resource Efficient and Clean Production (RECP) methodologies and strategize transfer of knowledge through a series of trainings and capacity building initiatives. The skill building training courses will target SMEs from manufacturing, textile and apparel, and food and agro-processing sectors. The project will also help 10 companies with direct assistance for implementation of RECP.

Thirty (30) participants from the chemical, textile, and service industries, participated at the three-day training, which was also graced by US Agency for International Development (USAID) Project Management Specialist Priyanka Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Central Environment Authority Deputy Director Sarojini Jayasekera.


Project implementers were represented by ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan and the Sri Lanka National Cleaner Production (NCPC) team led by Director Mr. Sena Peiris and Deputy Director Mr. Samantha Kumarasena.

Featuring lectures, group activities and interactive discussions, the workshop introduced the project and the concept of RECP among the key stakeholders from various industries. Select companies from this pool will be chosen for the pilot implementation of RECP in their organizations.


Thematic sessions on Water, Energy, and Chemicals were conducted by Dissanayake, Cleaner Production consultant Nimal Perera and Jayasekera, respectively. At the end of the workshop, an open forum was conducted to solicit inputs from the representatives on the strengths and opportunities of harmonizing initiatives towards achieving RECP.

Other events planned for the project include the conduct of 5 other ToTs, pilot implementation of the developed training curricula, and the development and distribution of an e-toolkit among the SMEs. #