Colombia. Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas

  • About the project


    The Project of Sustainable Production Development toward a Circular Economy in Colombia, within the framework of the CLCP Program, focuses on the strengthening, development and application of policies toward the productive sector that integrate the principles of a circular economy.  

    Project Description

    On November 2013, the Deputy Minister of Business Development, María del Mar Palau, of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT), accepted the invitation from the OAS Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) to participate in the CLCP Program. The Deputy Minister formally communicated her interest for the project to be implemented in Colombia. She considered that the CLCP program would strengthen entrepreneurial development in a sustainable manner, and strengthen the creation of national capacities to replicate the initiative in other productive sectors. 

    The Project of Sustainable Production Development toward a Circular Economy in Colombia would serve as a business model to be followed in the strategies for the public and private institutions in Colombia. This way, Cradle-to-Cradle® (C2C), and the principles of a Circular Economy will become the basis for the integration of the sector’s actualized initiatives, plans, programs and strategies toward the same vision.

    The programs, plans, strategies and incentives, such as the PTP, along with the financial and economic instruments available in a country, such as Bancoldex and Environmental Line of Credit, and others to be available in the future will facilitate the implementation of the project in the country. 

    Phases of the Project

    Phase I: This phase involves analysis of the Colombian Productive Sector that goes along with identifying the country’s necessities and the expectations of local actors. Its result will allow for the identification of the industrial subsectors in which to invite companies to host the pilot projects. Additionally, this phase implies research to find the relevant norms, regulations, programs, initiatives and financial instruments for the Project.

    Phase II: This stage involves training and education component of the Circular Economy, PCC and C2C to the different local actors and Colombian businesses of the industrial sub-sector(s) selected in Phase I.

    Phase III: This phase is the development of the Project to facilitate the transition toward a Circular Economy in Colombia. It involves grouping the local tools available to facilitate the transition and motivate the industrial businesses towards this change. 

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