From extraction to disposal, the metal life cycle creates a huge environmental impact; air pollution, noise pollution, disfigurement of landscape, large-scale natural habitat destruction, metal waste generation, CO2 emissions and wastewater generation, to name a few. This in turn affects society and economy at a larger scale.
Project METABUILD’s goal is to increase resource efficiency while decreasing environmental impacts and the costs for 400 SMEs in the metal sector from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. It will be achieved through providing technical support from international as well as local experts. 80 metal SMEs, who are in the supply chain of the construction sector, is the target of Sri Lanka.
The nine-day Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for the METABUILD project teams from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh was held on 6-14 December 2016 in New Delhi, India. The training was organised by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), India together with STENUM Asia and AREC. The workshop was attended by more than 40 participants from the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) Sri Lanka, the Society for Environmental and Economic Development (SEED) Nepal, the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry Bangladesh (DCCI) and the international project partners.
During October this year (i.e. month 8 of the project), the first Initial Assessment Reports (IAR) were presented to selected pioneer companies in Sri Lanka. METABUILD experts from Sri Lanka's National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) and technical experts from India visited six metal industries around the adjoining suburbs of Colombo. Jointly with the companies' management teams and owners, the METABUILD team discussed the improvement options for resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) that were identified in the IARs.
The METABUILD project team reviewed the current status of the project and discussed next steps during the second partners’ meeting held on 26 September 2016. The meeting took place six months after the project’s kick-off with some partners meeting in TERI’s office in Delhi, India, and others joining via Skype.
For each target country, the local partners presented the current status of project implementation. Based on a cross-check with the overall project plan, the METABUILD team is happy to announce that the following targets have already been achieved:
The METABUILD project team is happy to announce that by the end of September this year (i.e. month 7 of the project) the first Initial Assessment Reports (IAR) were presented to selected Nepalese pioneer companies.
From 20 to 25 September 2016, the METABUILD training-of-trainers (ToT 1) for Bangladesh was carried out at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI). 15 local consultants and two local technical experts completed the first of two trainings on resource efficient cleaner production (RECP).
On 10 August 2016, the METABUILD project team organised an "Awareness Programme on Attitude Change towards Cleaner Production (CP)" at the premises of Mainawati Steel Industry Pvt. Ltd. in Duhabi/ Sunsari.
On 5 – 9 July 2016 the METABUILD project organised a training-of-trainers (ToT) course at Hotel Renuka in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The objective of the course was to train local consultants for their future work in the METABUILD project. They gained a common understanding of the METABUILD project, including the resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) approach and the services that METABUILD can provide to companies. Topics covered in the training included the evaluation and calculation of data for specific RECP interventions as well as monitoring and reporting techniques.
On 7 July 2016, the METABUILD project team organised the 2nd CEO Forum at Hotel Galadari in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
One of the main objectives of the stakeholder meeting was to create awareness for the METABUILD project by briefing CEOs, management staff and other stakeholders of the project's target industries.