The 10th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECPnet ) took place from 12-14 March 2018, in Paris, France.
Set against the backdrop of the planned closure, at the end of the year 2018, of the Joint UNIDO-UNEP Programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in Developing and Transition Countries, from which RECPnet is funded, the meeting aimed to outline a path for the operational and financial sustainability of the network over the coming years.
Initial discussions focused on reviewing the functions and services of RECPnet, and isolating those which have proven to be of greatest value to the network’s nearly 70 members around the world. Functions which were seen as most important to the network’s membership included facilitation of project funding, access to donors and strategic partners, the provision of a (sub-)regional infrastructure for collaborative exchanges, as well as peer-to-peer support for RECP capacity building, and data and information aggregation and access amongst members.
The Executive Committee also met with representatives of strategic partner organizations and initiatives, including the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), Ernst & Young (EY), and the Secretariat of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). These meetings revolved around finding alignments amongst the various partners’ objectives and agendas, and identifying areas of potential future collaboration with RECPnet.
In conclusion, the Executive Committee agreed to, as priority activities, undertake a valuation of the network’s functions and services, upon which different operational and financial scenarios would be developed to provide a stable operating environment for the network over the next years.
As part of the 10th Executive Committee Meeting of RECPnet, the Executive Committee also took part in the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe, a gathering of decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market.