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Experience Note: Institutional Training and Capacity Building in Support of Private Sector Partnerships

The Danube TEST project was designed and targeted to demonstrate how environmentally sound technologies would not only aid in reducing point-source pollutants but would assist the associated enterprises that adopted them in being more cost-effective and less wasteful. Although there are capacities in Danubian countries to provide many of the services needed by industry to pursue the simultaneous objectives of competitiveness enhancement, social responsibility and environmental compliance, these capacities remain isolated in separate institutions and companies. The project aimed to build the capacity of these national bodies to implement TEST tools and to advise on Best Available Practices (BAP’s) and Best Available Technologies (BAT’s). National counterpart institutes in each country worked to train their selected enterprises to implement and adopt of an appropriate suite of TEST tools. The project provided them with direct experience in implementing TEST in selected demonstration enterprises, then ‘marketed’ these successful demonstrations and created a landscape where other enterprises would be encouraged or even required to adopt the same tools and procedures. A strong level of networking and cooperation has developed between the national counterpart institutions and this has led to countries sharing their special expertise with each other and assisting each other in the development of further TEST initiatives. The training and capacity building approach discussed above is a means to strengthen of national institutions in cutting edge approaches to reducing industrial environmental footprints. David Vousden

867: Transfer of Environmentally-sound Technology (TEST) to Reduce Transboundary Pollution in the Danube River Basin

27 Nov 2014

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Experience Notes