METABUILD – Increasing resource efficiency in metalworking businesses in South Asia

Iron and steel industry

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can make a significant contribution to improving the environmental and resource friendliness of production processes in Asia. Access to financing options for investments in such production technologies is a central challenge for SMEs wishing to do so.

Against this background, adelphi and its partners have begun advising 400 enterprises from the metalworking and building sectors in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This project builds upon the Project ACIDLOOP (2012-2016) and is, like its forerunner, being funded by the SWITCH-Asia Network Facility. The overarching goal of the European Commission’s SWITCH-Asia Programme is to promote economic development and poverty reduction in Asia. To this end, the environmental impacts of industry and consumers should be reduced and sustainable growth promoted.

adelphi is creating training materials on financing options for the deployment of more resource-efficient technologies in SMEs and a corresponding modular training toolkit for the METABUILD project. In addition to the trainings on financing options, the participating firms will receive support initiating contact with banks. adelphi is also organising regional dialogues to contribute to the project’s topics becoming established in the SMEs’ political and business environments. While the policy dialogues will serve to promote a discussion between representatives from politics and industry on how policy measures can further strengthen resource efficiency in industry, the client dialogues will serve as platforms for exchange between SMEs and their customers on the impacts of resource efficiency.

In addition to adelphi, the METABUILD partners are TERI and Stenum Asia from India, ARECon from Austria, SEED from Nepal, DCCI from Bangladesh, and the National Cleaner Production Centre from Sri Lanka.