The organisations and networks are considered as important potential partners for the ERSCP society and there have been numerous contacts between persons involved in the ERSCP/ERCP and those organisations. It is also not complete yet, and in the process of being extended and updated. Information on organisations and partners is based on their websites. Whether partnerships could become more formalised, for instance through Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) will be decided later on. For now it should be seen as a list of potential partners and organisations relevant to the ERSCP Society and its members.
PREPARE (Preventive Environmental Approaches in Europe) is a network of experts in sustainable consumption and production. The network is setting the SCP agenda by proactively addressing new challenges and implementing new, innovative solutions. The members of PREPARE come from research institutions, consultancies, public administrations, governments, industries and international organizations.
PREPARE has always strongly supported ERSCP Conferences and their organisers who often were members of the PREPARE Network.
Roundtables for Cleaner Production
There are Roundtables for Cleaner Production in most continents including the Asian Pacific Roundtable for Cleaner Production (APRSCP, since 1997, www.aprscp.net), the Latin America Roundtable for Cleaner Production (since 1998), and the Africa Roundtable for Cleaner Production (ARCP, since 2000, with support of UNEP).
RECPNET / National Cleaner Production Centres Network
After the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio in 1992, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) both set off to pilot preventive environmental strategies in key developing countries. Upon their successful completion, UNIDO and UNEP jointly launched a programme to establish National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs). The first batch of eight NCPCs was established during 1994-1995. More information can be found at www.unido.org.
The NCPC Network has become part of the joint Program on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP), which aims to improve resource efficiency and the environmental performance of businesses and other organizations through scaling up and mainstreaming the application of RECP methods, techniques and policies.
Whilst this programme is primarily based on achievements and lessons learnt from National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes (NCPCs/NCPPs) that have been established since 1994, it also aims to achieve synergies with other related initiatives. The programme is therefore anchored on the further expansion, development and professionalization of a global network of RECP service providers in developing and emerging economies.
More information on http://recpnet.org/.
SCORAI North America
Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU) is a network that organises series of international conferences that explore the role of universities in creating new knowledge and attitudes to meet today’s environmental challenges. EMSU promotes a two-way exchange of knowledge between universities and society. The first EMSU Conference was organised at Lund University in 1999. In 2010 there was a joint ERSCP-EMSU Conference in Delft (ERSCP-EMSU 2010) and in 2013 there was a joint ERSCP-EMSU Conference in Istanbul. More information at EMSU on Linked-In
UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program)
UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.
UNEP work encompasses:
- Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
- Developing international and national environmental instruments
- Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment
More information at www.unep.org.
UNIDO (is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. In recent years, UNIDO draws on four mutually reinforcing categories of services: technical cooperation, analytical and policy advisory services, standard setting and compliance, and a convening function for knowledge transfer and networking.
More information at www.unido.org.
EEA (European Environmental Agency)
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. EEA a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 33 member countries.
More information on www.eea.europa.eu.
The SWITHCH-MED sustainable consumption and production programme aims to promote a switch of the Mediterranean economies towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and green economy, including low emission development, through demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency. It also seeks to minimise the environmental impacts associated to the life cycle of products and services, and, as opportune, to promote renewable energy. More information on www.switchmed.eu.