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1 United Nations Environment Programme / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics Profiting from Cleaner Production Financial Institutions

2 2 I.Cleaner Production Competitive Advantages for Companies Better Cients Better Investments Definition Parallel Concepts Practices II.Case Study A III.Case Study B IV.Role of Financial Institutions V.For More Information

3 3 Cleaner Production Competitive Advantages for Companies Cleaner Production helps companies: Increase productivity Reduce production costs Use resources more efficiently Produce safer and better products and services Reduce levels of pollution and risk Comply with Environmental Management Systems and get ISO certified

4 4 Cleaner Production Better Clients better clients The financial and operating advantages of Cleaner Production make better clients of companies that implement Cleaner Production strategies.

5 5 Cleaner Production Better Investments better investment opportunities The advantages of Cleaner Production also make companies using Cleaner Production strategies better investment opportunities.

6 6 Cleaner Production Definition A preventive environmental strategy applied to processes, products and services to: Increase overall efficiency and productivity Improve business opportunities Reduce human and environmental risk

7 7 Cleaner Production Parallel Concepts Pollution Prevention (P2) Eco-efficiency Green Productivity Waste Minimization

8 8 Cleaner Production Practices Applying good housekeeping Changing technology or equipment Redesigning products Modifying or controlling processes Substituting input materials Recycling or reusing materials on-site Producing useful by-products

9 9 I.Cleaner Production II.Case Study A Background Site Contamination Decontamination Costs Result Prevention Measures III.Case Study B IV.Role of Financial Institutions V.For More Information

10 10 Case Study A Background ABC Iron, Inc. manufactures iron casings. To expand operations, the company takes out a $1.2 million mortgage from its bank. A year later, ABC files for bankruptcy.

11 11 Case Study A Site Contamination ABC’s bank would like to put the site up for auction. However, further investigation reveals: The ground and a nearby river are contaminated by toxic leakage Large amounts of toxic waste are stored on-site

12 12 Case Study A Decontamination Costs Site purification $1.0 million Toxic waste disposal $0.7 million Total decontamination costs $1.7 million Initial mortgage $1.2 million

13 13 Case Study A Result High decontamination costs make the site worthless. credit loss The auction is cancelled and the bank suffers a complete credit loss.

14 14 Case Study A Prevention Measures What ABC’s bank could have done: Include environmental risk in overall risk assessment Integrate environmental criteria into loan applications

15 15 I.Cleaner Production II.Case Study A III.Case Study B Background Quality Control Results IV.Role of Financial Institutions V.For More Information

16 16 Case Study B Background PR Labelmakers & Co. prints packaging labels. During the printing process, ink, plastic film and metal foil are wasted. The process also releases ink and glue emissions into the air.

17 17 Case Study B Quality Control PR Labelmakers takes out a $105,000 loan from its bank to improve quality control. It installs a camera system to detect printing errors early in production, resulting in: Fewer printing errors Reduced levels of wasted ink, scrap and emissions

18 18 Case Study B Results PR Labelmakers quickly recuperates its investment and pays back its loan on time. Waste and emissions reduced by 40% Payback period: 2.7 years Annual savings: $38,463 Initial investment: $105,000

19 19 I.Cleaner Production II.Case Study A III.Case Study B IV.Role of Financial Institutions V.For More Information

20 20 Role of Financial Institutions Misconceptions Cleaner Production entails high financial risk Cleaner Production only applies to industrial and service companies

21 21 Role of Financial Institutions Realities Cleaner Production: Makes companies more attractive as clients and investments  Improved cash flow and reduced risk  Rapid return on capital or operating investments Improves image of financial institutions  Emphasis on environmentally sound investments and sustainable development

22 22 Role of Financial Institutions Actions Integrate environmental/Cleaner Production criteria into investment appraisal, credit rating and loan application process Develop new financial products linked to environmental performance

23 23 I.Cleaner Production II.Case Study A III.Case Study B IV.Role of Financial Institutions V.For More Information

24 24 For More Information UNEP DTIE Cleaner Production UNEP DTIE Cleaner Production Financing United Nations Industrial Development Organization Sustainable Alternatives Network (SANet)


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