Jakarta, 5 June 2012 – A new project targeting cleaner and more resource-efficient industrial production methods in Indonesia’s metal products, chemicals and food and beverage sectors and selected industrial zones is being launched today by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia. The launch is timed to coincide with the World Environment Day on 5 June, and is part of a broader effort to improve the business- efficiency of industrial processes while helping to mitigate climate change.

The project is funded by the Swiss Government with a total budget of US$ 4.5 million. “Our funding for this program is part of the Government of Switzerland’s support for Indonesia’s efforts in promoting sustainable & inclusive growth, enhanced competitiveness and resource efficiency at a crucial time of  its economic take-off,” said H.E. Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, Ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia.
The Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) project supports the Government of Indonesia’s plan to create and operate an Indonesian Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (INRECP).        It also
includes support to the development of national capacities for different types of activities for the delivery of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) services to selected small and medium-scale industrial sectors.

“We are looking forward to this cooperation which will speed up the Indonesian Resource Efficient and National Cleaner Production Network.   It is one of the important ways in which we can implement our climate change commitments, while also maintaining national competitiveness and creating jobs” said H.E. Mr. Mohamad S. Hidayat, the Minister of Industry.

Highlighting the importance of the RECP project, H.E. Prof. Dr. Balthasar Kambuaya, the Minister of Environment  said that maintaining and even increasing productivity while safeguarding the environment for future generations – is the challenge for sustainable development and we believe that industrial production processes can be key in keeping the balance.”

“This joint UNIDO – SECO project will demonstrate how clean industrial production systems can contribute to resilience to climate change providing a platform for fostering climate related technology innovation, adaptation and deployment for facilitating the transition to resource- efficient and low carbon industries,” says UNIDO Representative Imran Farooque.

In addition to cleaner production, SECO currently also supports projects that help Indonesia build trade capacity in export commodities (e.g. cocoa), increase competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, and strengthen the use of standards and labels.

For further information about the program, please contact:
Mr. Imran Farooque
UNIDO Representative for Indonesia
Menara Thamrin 10th floor,
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.3
Jakarta 10250
Phone: 021 525 60 61 ext. 313

Mr. Jürg Schneider
Head of Economic Development Cooperation (SECO)
Embassy of Switzerland
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, Blok X 3/2, Jakarta 12950
Phone : 021 3148689