The construction sector uses various metals like steel, iron, aluminium and copper. In developing economies, more than 60% of the steel is consumed to create new infrastructure. Due to increasing pressure on energy and water resources, economic edge can be sustained only through high resource efficiency. Specific problems in metal products supply chain include: lack of modernization, sub-optimal operation leading to inefficiencies, lack of technical and financial support for improving operations, lack of skilled manpower and traditional mind-set. Adopting resource efficient cleaner production (RECP) measures will improve economic and environmental performance, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and make them less vulnerable to changes in external conditions and more competitive.
The project aims at implementing sustainable production processes and practices in 400 SMEs in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka and to create a conducive environment for further adoption of sustainable production processes in the metal products supply chain for the building and construction sector.