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UN Development Account project

UNECE is an implementing partner in the UN Development Account project “Global Initiative towards post-Covid-19 resurgence of the MSME sector” led by UNCTAD and UN ESCWA. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries and economies in transition to mitigate the economic and social impact of the global COVID-19 crisis. In the framework of the project, the Sustainable Energy Division focuses on developing Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs to assure resiliency and progress towards a circular economy in sustainable resource management and critical raw material supply chain solutions and Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs in delivering energy efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment. The reports will be used to develop an online training course and customize their findings for several pilot countries in the UNECE region.

Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs in delivering energy efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment

Руководство и передовой опыт для микро-, малых и средних предприятий по поставке энергоэффективной продукции и производству оборудования для возобновляемой энергетики

The study contains an analysis of the environment the clean energy MSMEs face as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. It presents examples of best practices in the energy efficiency sector and in the area of renewable energy relevant for MSMEs response to the Covid-19 crisis and post-crisis recovery, as well as case studies on practical measures for MSMEs in getting access to markets, financing, and advanced technologies to MSMEs providing renewable energy equipment. The report provides Guidelines to MSMEs on access to financing, markets, and advanced technologies and recommendations to Governments for developing policy guidelines and establishing financial incentives schemes.

Press release on this study available here

Online Training Workshop on the Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment
Online, 14 September 2020, 14:00-15:30

Online Training Workshop on the Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMSs in delivering energy-efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment ( in Russian)
Online, 1 October 2020, 10:00-11:30

Guidelines and best practices for MSMEs to assure resiliency and progress towards a circular economy in sustainable resource management and critical raw material supply chain solutions 
The report focuses on the opportunities and challenges for MSMEs involved in critical raw material supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic economic recovery. The pandemic has placed critical raw material supply chains under severe pressure. However, it opens opportunities which could be filled in by MSMEs. Many of the opportunities will also enable MSMEs to make significant contributions to sustainable resource management, building resiliency and progress towards the circular economy in a predicted economic recovery worldwide. At the same time, the economic disruptions have also brought in new challenges, which require innovative solutions. Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) in sustainable resource management can be useful for MSMEs to build innovative business models and gain from the new avenues that are being opened. This report highlights key opportunities and challenges for MSMEs to build resiliency in critical raw material supply solutions drawing from a number of key examples. 

Online Training Workshop on Guidelines and best practices for MSMEs to assure resiliency and progress towards a circular economy in sustainable resource management and critical raw material supply chain solutions
Online, 8 October 2020, 12:00 to 14:00 CEST (Geneva time)