Showcase the viability of the Closed-Loop Cycle Production design and manufacturing approach as an innovative business practice to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance in the industrial sector and to increase the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of businesses, in particular Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs).
The initiative implements the closed-Loop cycle concept in the productive sector and supports the transition toward circular economies throughout the region.
This paradigm implies the development of industrial and manufacturing processes where materials become valuable nutrients upon reaching the end of their useful life. The closed-loop cycle model rationalizes the use of the materials and resources and focuses fundamentally on the design of products and services.
The following videos set the stage for the closed-loop cycle production initiative.
(source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, August 2011)
Awareness Raising - Increase awareness, knowledge, and collaboration among stakeholders (government, national enterprises, National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPC), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) or chambers of commerce, etc.) about Closed Looped Cycle Production.
Analysis and Policy Advice - Prepare and present position papers to stakeholders to facilitate high-level policy dialogue on economic and environmental benefits of sustainable design and closed-looped cycle production methods necessary for incentivizing and supporting MSMEs adoption of Closed Loop Cycle Production.
Promote Application - Promote the application or adoption of Closed Looped Cycle Production methods (incl. Cradle-to-cradle, Cleaner Production, Sustainable Materials Management, or similar certifications and methods) by companies, in particular SMEs in participating countries.
Colombia | Ecuador | Panama | Trinidad and Tobago
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Charlene Solozano, B.A.
Financial and Planning Officer