ASSIST, UL DQS and IGCC launch Auto Sustain PPP

12 11 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation – ASSIST, UL DQS India and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) launched the Public Private Partnership Project Auto Sustain through a CEO Forum last October 30, 2012 at Park Sheraton, Chennai, India.

Co-funded by DEG, Auto Sustain aims to bring about a sustainable transformation in India’s automotive industry by helping the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from the automotive sector adopt sustainable practices.

The project launch was graced by top managers of various large and medium-sized enterprises including the CEO and Managing Director of UL DQS India, Dr. K. Murugan; Executive Director of ASSIST, Mr. S. Muralidharan; Director of ASSIST & Auditor at Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), Mr. D. K. S. Moorthy; and the Regional Director of IGCC, Mr. S. Raj.

Dr. K. Murugan, Managing Director and CEO at UL DQS India opened the event, and shared a brief on various PPP initiatives and projects implemented by UL DQS India and ASSIST in countries like India and Sri Lanka. Together, ASSIST and UL DQS India hope to build capacity across industrial sectors on practices supporting energy and resource efficiency through adoption of Energy Management Systems and implementation of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production practices respectively.

Then, Mr. Biju Balendran, Vice President, Plant Engineering from Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd highlighted the concept of Automotive Industry and Sustainability from an OEM Perspective in his keynote address that delved on the various measures adopted by Renault Nissan for resource optimization, energy conservation and reduction of GHG emissions.

For his part, Mr. Muralidharan shared his views on the current trends in the automotive industry of India and familiarized the guests with the activities that would be implemented during the course of the project. For example, project beneficiaries will be engaged in surveys to understand the current practices followed by the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and in the technical training workshops to build local capacity on sustainable practices among the SMEs. Technical assistance on ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, IQNet SR 10 and Global Reporting Initiative will be extended to the enterprises to enable them to align with Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems.

Mr. D. K. S. Moorthy then discussed the importance of Sustainability Reporting and publishing of sustainability reports by enterprises to showcase the accountability of their actions and impacts on the society and environment.

Following an open forum during which company representatives shared ideas about balancing corporate accountability in the automotive sector while improving profits, Mr. S. Raj delivered the closing remarks.

The 18-month project will soon be launched in Bangalore and Pune to reach out to a larger group of beneficiaries from the major automobile manufacturing units. #





ASSIST Cleaner Production Project PROSPER Sri Lanka graduates new batch of trainers

3 10 2012

PROmoting Sustainable Practices on Environment and Resource optimization (PROSPER) in Sri Lanka held another batch of training of trainer (ToT) workshop on cleaner production in Colombo, Sri Lanka last September 11 to 13, 2012.

Co-financed by DEG and UL DQS and implemented by UL DQS, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), and Sri Lanka NCPC, PROSPER Sri Lanka hopes 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 three-day training was led by Sri Lanka NCPC Deputy Director Samantha Kumarasena, and Director Sena Peiris, and was attended by members of the chemical, textile, and service industries.

Following the event, the project team is set of conduct two more ToTs, implement the training curricula, and distribute an e-toolkit among the SMEs.

ASSIST Project and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan and PGM Associate Kruti Shah helped launch the activity.

ASSIST is an international non-profit organization focused on capacity-building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic, and environmental challenges.





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.

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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.

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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. #





All systems go for ASSIST’s two new sustainability projects

24 04 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is proud to announce the start of two new sustainability initiatives in India, Nepal and Bhutan, funded under the European Union’s SWITCH Asia Program.

Dubbed ACID LOOP, the project in India promotes sustainable production through market penetration of closed loop technologies in the metal finishing industry (ACIDLOOP). It will be implemented in partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

More specifically, the four-year action aims to introduce technology innovation as well as resource efficiency in the metal finishing companies (SMEs) that would lead to improved environmental quality and combat pollution through advanced water treatment measures and energy efficient processes.

On the other hand, Sustainable and Efficient Industrial Development (SEID) seeks to contribute towards sustainable development of Nepal’s and Bhutan’s economy with clear focus on national industrial sectors that impact environment and which have huge potential for employment generation and poverty alleviation. Austria’s GrAT – Gruppe Angepasste Technologie (Center for Appropriate Technology) is the Project Lead.

Both initiatives tag ASSIST in developing learning materials, spearheading the awareness and visibility campaign, organizing trainings and forums and providing direct assistance. #





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. #





Latest issue of ASSIST Newsletter now available!

20 10 2011

 

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ASSIST Philippines, India and Mekong come together for Planning Meeting

30 09 2011

Representatives from ASSIST Philippines, India and Mekong are currently holding a Planning Meeting to discuss ASSIST’s short- and long-term strategies as an organization.