Discussions on resource efficiency in Berlin

We are in Berlin with the 67th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Resource Efficiency – Cleaner Production and Waste Management (SC67).

An important dimension of this course is to examine examples of structures and tools which are helpful or outright necessary for a transition to a circular economy.

With this in mind today we have met Dr. Fasbender with whom we discussed how econsense e.V. functions as a dialog platform for German companies interested in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.

Afterwards, Ms. Vanessa Bach introduced us to ways of measuring resource efficiency and shared some related project experiences of the Chair of Sustainable Engineering of TU Berlin with us.

In the afternoon we were joined by Mr. Mikael Henzler, managing director of adelphi with long-term experience in development cooperation, Ms. Cosima Stahr, expert for green finance, and Mr. Frederik Eisinger, expert for cleaner production and waste management. After dealing with the concept of green economy in developing countries and emerging economies in general, we discussed project experiences related to

  • resource efficiency (increasing resource efficiency in metal finishing SMEs in India)
    waste (formalising the Indian E-Waste Sector & Developing a Waste NAMA in India)
  • sustainable business (the SEED Initiative)
  • green finance (Implementing green credit lines in India)

From these starting points we have looked into ways of supporting the development of enabling conditions for the path to a green economy.

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