Mid-September, 20 professors and doctors from six Jordanian universities took part in a four-day online-training “Resource Efficiency in Industry“ organized by the Royal Scientific Society (RSS). As part of the SwitchMed / MED TEST III project, the training gave members of Jordan’s academia an introduction on the tools of a Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) and certification on the UNIDO TEST methodology.
The uptake of RECP in the curricular of academia is part of the scaling-up actions from the MED TEST III project that aims to enable resource efficiency as a common practice for Jordanian industries. Until 2023, 15 pilot industry demonstrations will alongside RECP certifications of service providers, help to establish a reference baseline and know-how on resource efficiency across industrial sectors and institutional stakeholders.
Under the MED TEST III project, cooperation with academic institutions in Jordan will continue to integrate RECP into existing university curricula of engineering departments and vocational training programs. Training and ad hoc support from UNIDO and the RSS will be provided to academia for the roll-out of pilot RECP courses to university students and professionals.
So far, eight companies, located in Irbid, Sahab, Zarqa and Qastal (six from the chemical sector and two from the plastic sector) have signed an agreement to undertake pilot demonstrations under the MED TEST III project, and 11 service providers (eight men and three women) have been selected for implementing the TEST assessment in the food & beverage sector.
Resource efficiency and RECP/TEST assessments have already been included in Jordan’s Green Growth National Action Plan 2021-2025, but in order to achieve a sustainable and resource efficient society, behavioral change among government authorities, private sector, organizations as well as individuals is necessary. Introducing RECP into education is a necessary first step and could help equip future professionals with the necessary skills and mindset to develop a resource efficient, sustainable society.
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