About the project
Promote and implement the concept of Closed Looped Cycle Production to foment business innovation and improve energy efficiency in enterprises especially Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that operate in the production sector of Ecuador.
The Closed-Looped Cycle Production (CLCP) program in Ecuador responded to a request issued from the Ministry of Coordination of Production, Employment and Competitiveness (MCPEC) of the Government of Ecuador in 2010 to the Department of Sustainable Development of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS). This request focused on making the productive sector of Ecuador more competitive by improving the use of energy efficiently and by using fewer resources; in this way, leading to less waste material and environmental pollution while increasing productivity
Phases of the Project
During Phase I, the OAS and the MCPEC developed a work plan with the goal of designing and preparing a proposal on the issue of Closed Looped Cycle Production (CLCP). The CLCP project aimed introducing and implementing the Cradle to Cradle® Design philosophy, as a critical component of the program, in the production sector of Ecuador and showcasing the positive impacts of this method in triggering innovation, improve financial, sustainability and socio-environmental performance and competitiveness particularly in small and medium size enterprises.
The activities and results of Phase I included: (i) the preparation of a Diagnostic Report of the Ecuadorian Production Sector for a better understanding of the conditions and opportunities in the country in order to design and implement a proposal regarding Closed-Looped Cycle Production; and (ii) identify the donors and financial mechanisms to secure future funding.
The Production Sector Diagnostic in Ecuador served as the baseline study of the composition of the major public policies that affects the production sector within the Ecuadorian economy. In addition, it describes the macro socio-economic and environmental performance of the different productive sub-sectors based on a set of previously determined criteria. These criteria were established to identify the sub-sector(s) considered as the most appropriate to introduce and apply the Closed Looped Cycle Production in Ecuador.
Phase II of the project included the following objectives: (i) facilitate the demonstration of CLCP in Ecuador, for which a pilot project was implemented in the country and to certify a C2C product (first in Latin America); (ii) institutional arrangements for its execution; (iii) the building of capacities at a national level on the topic of Closed Looped Cycle Production; and (iv) the dissemination of lessons learned in third countries.
Phases I and II of the CLCP Project in Ecuador resulted in
(1) the creation and approval of a National Closed Looped Cycle Production Program;
(2) the certification of the first Cradle-to-Cradle basic certified product in Latin America and the Caribbean for the packaging of a cereal bar produced by the company Batery Alimentos S.A.;
(3) incentivizing the establishment of a new Cleaner Production Center for Ecuador; and
(4) the inclusion of dedicated chapter/text in the National Development Plan “Plan para el Buen Vivir 2013-2017” regarding Closed Looped Cycle Production to further the implementation of the CLCP Program.
Defined goals and desired results
As part of the "Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas" initiative, the aim is to introduce and showcase the viability and applicability of the C2C design method in the production sector of Ecuador as an innovative business development tool to mainly improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector and to increase the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of businesses, in particular Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
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