The Work in Establishing the Cleaner Production Centre

The Eco-effciency (Cleaner Production) Programme, created by UNIDO, was started in June 2008 and is set to finish in the year 2011. In general the programme carries out eco-efficiency related activities involving: awareness adn education, cleaner production dissemination, establisment of national and international cooperative networks, and demonstration projects. The previously mentioned activities also constitute the scope of the services and activities of eco-efficiency centres.

For appoximately thirty years the European Union, the United States of America, Canada, and other highly developed countries have been giving more significance to cleaner production approaches than to “end-of-pipe” approaches, or pollution control.

In accordance to this, cleaner production centres have been established in developed countries and the activities within the aforementioned scope have been sustained bey the centres and their contributions.

In addition, through the UNIDO/UNEP National Cleaner Production Programme, 47 countries have put Cleaner Production Programs into effect since 1994 and have founded National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPC).

The fast increase in the number of projects being done on the subject of eco-efficiency throughout the world is due to the development of instituonal structuring, the increase in the training provided with technical infrastructure and the increase in competence of eco-effciency (cleaner productions). Many information-sharing networks have been created in order to convey information about the implemented cleaner production activities of today with all interested parties. Among those that have been formed and can be used for said information sharing are the UNEP/UNIDO National Cleaner Production Centre’s Network, the West Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN), the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) which is sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Network (RECPN).

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One of the outcomes of the UNIDO Eco-efficiency (Cleaner Production) Programme was the negotiated approval of the establisment of the National Eco-Efficiency (Cleaner Production) Centre. The National Eco-efficiency (Cleaner Production) Centre is currently being run by TTGV and has been so since 2009 when the centre was created. In addition, throughout the year 2010, the centre was also intensely coordinated by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Within the extent of their workings the respective institutions have held various meetings. On the 6th of April, 2010 a meeting was held by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Commerce providing information on the eco-efficiency (cleaner production) centres throughout the world, their structures, general principles, and the TTGV and UNIDO Eco-efficiency Programme.

It should be noted that in the Turkish version of this website there are presentations related to cleaner production and to TTGV as a hosting institution of a National Cleaner Production Centre. Those presentations can be viewed in Turkish only (http://www.ekoverimlilik.org/?page_id=872).

Towards the decisions taken following the mentioned evaluations, a draft protocol including the suggested model for the establishment of National Cleaner Production Centre with TTGV as the hosting agency, has been prepared by TTGV under the coordination of Ministry of Industry and Trade. In order to get comments and opinions, the draft protocol has been sent to related stakeholders by Ministry of Industry and Trade. Draft protocol can be viewed in Turkish only (http://www.ekoverimlilik.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Taslak_Protokol.pdf).