The Eco-Innovation Project


Promoting Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation in Developing and Transition Economies (REEDTE)

In partnership with the European Commission (EC), UNEP is currently implementing a four-year project to promote resource efficiency and eco-innovation. The project aims to change consumption and production patterns in developing and transition economies by encouraging businesses to reduce their environmental footprint.

Who Do We Work With?

The project targets the global network of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) intermediaries, in particular National Cleaner Production Centres and Programmes (NCPCs) and other providers of RECP services. Intermediaries and business supporting institutions can also include local governments, private corporations, non-profit organizations, business associations and academic institutions. They support particularly SMEs and are facilitators of knowledge, experience, funding sources and business contacts.

What tools are we developing for our Project?

National Implementation Activities

Earlier this year Calls for Proposals were launched for the regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean for: Pilot Application of Eco-innovation in SMEs and Mainstreaming of SCP Policy for Eco-innovation. Service providers and institutions in the fields of resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP), innovation and other technical areas were invited to submit proposals. UNEP received a total of 64 project proposals, and nine countries have been selected after a thorough evaluation process. 

The implementing countries are: 

Pilot  application of Eco-innovation in SMEs:  Colombia (Chemicals), Egypt (Chemicals), Malaysia (Chemicals), Peru (Metals), South Africa (Metals),  Sri Lanka (Agri-food), Vietnam (Agri-food), Uganda (Agri-food).
Mainstreaming  SCP Policy for Eco-innovation : Colombia, Kenya, Peru, Vietnam. 

Read the Eco-innovation Project Flyer

The REEDTE Project is a partnership between UNEP and the EC