Building capacities in Jordan to produce better while using less
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Improving the ability of industries to produce more resource-efficient has become imperative for Jordan's development. Scarce water supplies paired with one of the highest energy rates in the world, not only costs a fortune for businesses but are also threatening the competitiveness and growth of the Jordanian economy. To realise the transition towards more sustainable production models, local service providers that can offer technical support to businesses in finding improvement measures are essential.
Beginning of January, 18 service providers from the Jordanian private sector underwent a four-day training organized by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) on the UNIDO TEST methodology. The training introduced the various tools that are used by the TEST methodology that help companies to define areas of improvement and a step-by-step transition towards more resource-efficient business models.
"Staying competitive is no longer about increasing profits, but rather about surviving in a very tough market in the MENA region", says Eng. Abdullah Bdeir, one of the service providers taking part in the training. "The Material Flow Cost Accounting tool is a first funnel that pinpoints priority areas based on diagnostic details, rather than ad-hoc intuition, of problems and focus-areas and is a key success factor for the TEST methodology."
The four-day training was finalized with an exam, out of which the 10-11 best service providers, with the highest scores and qualifications, will be selected for an "on the job training". Supported by international experts from UNIDO and the RSS, the service providers will for the next 18 months, start to go through the different steps of the TEST methodology and give support in implementation and verification to demonstration companies from the MED TEST III project in Jordan. This approach will support service providers to offer qualified expertise for resource-efficient and cleaner production (RECP) on a commercial basis to Jordanian industries.
"As a service provider, working both in energy and resource efficiency, we think it is important to provide success stories building upon previous projects that can help secure trust, credibility and create a snowball effect for future projects and an industry-wide impact on resource efficiency", says Eng. Abdullah Bdeir. "Also, a third-party programme, like a certified accreditation, possibly endorsed by UNIDO and the EU, would add legitimacy to our work".
For the next three years, the MED TEST III project in Jordan anticipates launching an accreditation scheme for service providers that have successfully performed the TEST approach. The idea behind this is to improve the market position for service providers who offers RECP services on a commercial basis to industries in Jordan. The design of this scheme is currently under development by the RSS, UNIDO, chambers of industry, government ministries and other relevant stakeholders.