The Resource Efficiency projects of the Development Programme supported its partners in using resources properly, efficiently and sustainably. The objective of our initiatives is to create structures, which enable and foster sustainable development, whether in the area of air pollution prevention, waste management, renewable energies and technologies, and so on. Policy dialogue is an integral part of the interventions contributing to improving the legal framework conditions. An example is a technical standard for the registration and certification of green companies. Three projects within our Development Programme measured CO2 equivalents reduced. By the end of 2018, the Development Programme concluded two of its Resource Efficiency projects. Through the promotion of climate-smart economy, people in developing and emerging economies not only have the opportunity to develop and implement sustainable development practices, but also incorporate them into their business activities (Ecovecindarios" in Bolivia and "Taka ni Mali" in Tanzania). The Markets for Recycling Project in Bolivia was piloted in 2019 with the aim of upgrading the recycling and management of waste in the transport sector. It supports green businesses to improve their business models and recycle as well as reuse waste from the transport sector.
"I run an environmentally friendly company called Terryacycle that collects and recycles scrap tyres to produce rubber granulate and powder for further processing, as well as flooring. Thanks to business development advice facilitated by Swisscontact, we could improve our marketing knowledge and find new potential buyers. The project has set us up with the local industry association and local government. This gives us access to old tyres for further processing. In the last year and a half, we have recycled 23 000 used tyres. Thereby we help to reduce the environmental impact of old tyres that often end up in landfills."
Henry Carlos Aquino, Manager of the green business Terracycle