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The purpose of the project ‘Energy Efficiency  for  Industry  in Ecuador with the implementation of an Energy Management Systems based on ISO 50 001’ was to promote energy efficiency improvements in the Ecuadorian industry through the development of national energy management standards and the application of system optimization. At  the  planning  stage,  the project was structured  into  five  components,  to  address  the  lack of awareness amongst industrial stakeholders of the benefits of...


Motiva, a sustainable development company owned by the Finnish state, promotes resource-efficient   and   sustainable choices in Finland. One of the tools it provides is the Material Efficiency Audit Tool, which  was  developed  in  parallel  with  the ISO 14051 (Environmental management — Material flow cost accounting) standard to utilize the know-how and international networks Motiva gained in the  standardization  group.  The  tool helps companies  streamline  their  material  flows,  gain...


Before becoming Fairtrade certified, coffee farmers at SOPPEXCCA cooperative in Nicaragua  used  to  get  very  low prices for their coffee and  missed  out  on  many  benefits.  They were selling for the sake of selling, without prioritizing the land or the environment. Since becoming Fairtrade certified, SOPPEXCCA’s members are receiving better prices for their coffee, have adopted good agricultural practices and other climate change actions prescribed by the  Fairtrade  standards and have...


The case study details how Spanish steel producers worked with the national standardization system to develop a standard, UNE 36901 Iron and steel sustainability management systems. Requirements, which enables them to introduce environmental, economic and social sustainability aspects in their activities. 

Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago anticipated the need to rapidly develop regulations that would regulate alternatives   to   single-use plastics, particularly expanded polystyrene products used in food containers to address  health,  safety  and  environmental  risks. Some of these risks include the chemical constituents which may pose a danger to health welfare and the impact of expanded polystyrene products on the environment. Of specific interest were practices   supporting   the   biodegradability   and...