The METABUILD project is one of more than 120 grant projects implemented under the SWITCH-Asia programme in 24 Asian countries (2007 - 2020). The SWITCH-Asia programme was launched by the European Commission in 2007 with the goal to promote economic prosperity and to reduce poverty by encouraging sustainable growth with a low environmental impact amongst industries and consumers. The programme specifically aims to promote sustainable products, processes, services and consumption patterns in Asia.  More information on the SWITCH-Asia programme can be found on the SWITCH-Asia .

The METABUILD has drawn on the expertise, experiences and exchanges of stakeholders engaged to support over 400 SMEs in the metal sector to become more resource efficient. This support has taken the form of direct industry support and awareness building amongst SMEs in the project countries, as well as wider stakeholder engagement through technology fairs, customer roundtables, policy dialogue and workshops on cleantech finance for financial institutions. Building on the achievements of the preceding ACIDLOOP project, METABUILD has successfully replicated the approach across three geographies (Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka), generating lessons learnt on RECP challenges and success factors along the way.

The RECP measures implemented in 403 metal product industries supplying to the construction sector across three countries led to aggregated annual savings of € 2.9 million through increased resource and energy efficiency. The project also sensitised over 3,000 industry personnel and more than 1,000 other stakeholders on RECP through capacity building workshops and events. More information on project results click here.

The Project Contributed to:

The Resource Efficient Cleaner Production (RECP) approach applies enterprise-wide preventive environmental strategies to processes, products and services in order to increase efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the environment. An RECP-anchored sustainability approach is a cost-effective business strategy, particularly for SMEs. RECP starts by improving current processes, preferably by using existing technologies instead of advising  SME to make high value capital investments. The main benefits from RECP based interventions are reduced resource consumption and lower generation of waste.

Both benefits have potential to drive down operating costs for the SME. The payback period for RECP interventions are usually well below one year, hence more feasible for small and medium enterprises. Further RECP approaches can be scaled up to cover a wider scope of processes or materials and incorporate higher costs for process improvements, as the SME develops and progresses on its sustainability journey.

Contribution to SDGs:

The project has improved the environmental / economic performance of the SMEs by:

  • Exposing target SMEs to training on resource efficiency using the ECOPROFIT approach. 
  • Exposing target SMEs to relevant RECP technologies.
  • Creating awareness among major customers and government bodies on measures that can be adopted by SMEs and specific policy and financial support needed to facilitate this. This will lead to customers who are sensitized to adopt a green supply chain. Further government bodies will be able to better communicate with SMEs using improved schemes and policies.
  • Creating structures for the replication of project outcomes in the region. This was achieved through:
    • Best practice RECP examples established, shared and replicated
    • Local consultants trained and exposed to RECP experience
    • Dialogue between technology suppliers for RECP technologies, financing institutions, project team members and SMEs to explore possibilities of financing models, technology transfer, tie-up, after sales support, branding etc.