Welcome to METABUILD

METABUILD is a 4-year project (2016-2020) supported by the European Union (EU) under the SWITCH Asia Programme. This programme emphasizes sustainable consumption and production in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

The overall objectives of the project are

  1. creating improved production processes of metal components (e.g. structural steel) for the building and construction sector in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka,
  2. contributing to improved environmental quality in the target locations, and  
  3. creating improved working and living conditions in the target countries.

Based on the experiences in the metal finishing sector in India in the former ACIDLOOP project, the successful approach applied there is replicated and up-scaled to the three South Asian project countries.

The project's target industries cover:

  • steel rerolling mills,
  • foundries (ferrous and non-ferrous),
  • black smithy and light engineering products that are linked to the construction sector with products such as bars, roofing materials, gates, doors, grills, frames, etc

The project will also contribute to:

Enhance Innovation and competitiveness: Promoting Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) in the metal industry will help to reduce business risks (such as the risk of production break due to a lack of water or energy), improve the working conditions, reduce costs, gain new customers looking for sustainable and reliable suppliers, improve access to (green) finance (in part through improved compliance on environmental parameters and through targeted engagements for specific bank schemes), and propel the company towards global competitiveness.

Contribution to SDGs:

The project will improve the environmental / economic performance of the SMEs by:

  • Exposing target SMEs to training on resource efficiency using the ECOPROFIT approach. This is expected to lead to increased use of environmentally friendly practices and enhanced sustainable production technologies in metal sector SMEs.
  • 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 is 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.