In October 2007 in Kherson there started the «Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency» Program as a joint Norwegian - Ukrainian project, implemented by the Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals TEKNA, Kherson Municipal Executive Committee, Kherson Regional State Administration and Kherson Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Ukraine.
Cleaner Production means the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy to processes and products to reduce risks to humans and the environment.For production processes, Cleaner Production includes conserving raw materials and energy, eliminating toxic raw materials, and reducing the quantity and toxicity of all emissions and wastes before they leave the process. For products, the strategy focuses on their environmental impacts along the entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to the ultimate disposal of the product. Cleaner Production is achieved by applying know-how, by improving technology, and/or by changing attitudes.
Authorities encourage the companies to reduce their energy consumption by raising the cost for energy. It is therefore of great importance to the companies to improve their energy efficiency, both to survive as a company and to do their best to save our planet.
In Norway, Tekna quickly grabbed the idea of CP and together with the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) they carried out a campaign focused on Norwegian industry. Through this work, Tekna gained knowledge and experience on how to utilize the CP methodology. Based on this experience, Tekna made some changes to how to introduce the methodology to the industry, and this approach has been know as The Norwegian Model.
The Norwegian model is:
- From engineer to engineer
- Includes training of new CP advisors
- Integrates ecology and economy
- Enables staff to do modernization projects
The participants are gathered four times during the program. The first three training sessions normally run for three days each, and the last one - for two days. At the end of each session, they will be given home tasks to be performed and presented and discussed on the following plenary session. With the help of group work, the participants are trained for work they later will have to do in their own company.
At the final session coordinators invite leadership of participating companies and potential investors, because the ultimate goal of the program is to convince the management that Cleaner Production is an effective management tool and deserves wider use and recognition, as well as to help companies to find external sources of financing on favorable terms.