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EU4Environment Green Economy finalises the training of RECP experts in Moldova

Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) has been a long-acknowledged means to help enterprises improve their production without undermining the environment or human health. With an experience of over three decades, UNIDO has been a steering force in advancing the application of the RECP methodology in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), worldwide. This is also the case in the Republic of Moldova, where, as part of the EU-funded programme, EU4Environment, the RECP methodology is being introduced as a stepping stone in the transition to a circular and green economy. 

RECP represents a continuous application of preventive environmental strategies to processes, products and services to maximise efficiency and minimise the generation of waste and pollution. In Moldova, as well as other EU Eastern Partner countries, UNIDO trains around 15 professionals on the RECP methodology and works with SMEs selected to become RECP Demonstration Companies. The SMEs are in turn assisted to revise their business models, while their representatives are trained on the application of the RECP methodology. As a part of the hands-on training, the RECP experts conduct assessments of the selected Demonstration Companies and recommend individual action plans to help the companies increase productivity, product quality, and competitiveness. 

On 21 December 2022, the training process was completed in the Republic of Moldova with the presentations of the RECP in-plant assessment reports and discussions on the best strategies on how to implement the suggested RECP measures. These were instrumental in fine-tuning the proposed recommendations and giving clear guidance to the management of each RECP Demonstration Company for their action plan. The “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment – Green Economy) Action helps the Eastern Partner countries preserve their natural capital and increase people’s environmental well-being, by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts.   It is funded by the European Union and implemented by five Partner organisations – OECD, UNECE, UNEP, UNIDO, and the World Bank – over the 2019-2024 period, with a budget of €20 million. For more information about the Action, please visit: For more information about RECP in the Republic of Moldova, please visit: