EDC OECD Unep Conference On Resource Efficiency

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EDC OECD Unep Conference On Resource Efficiency

  1. 1. Wales • devolved administration of UK (1998) • statutory obligation to promote sustainable development • historically, manufacturing and mineral based industries • currently, service sector and lower volume, value added production
  2. 2. Ecodesign Centre Wales “We aim to encourage ecodesign and sustainable production and consumption in Wales” Environment Strategy for Wales 2026, Welsh Assembly Government, 2006 our role build capacity and capabilities so that effective ecodesign can happen in Wales established in September 2006 funded by Welsh Assembly Government
  3. 3. general observations - SMEs • need inspiration to engage with ecodesign – non-standard drivers • expect local knowledge from Business Support Organisations / intermediaries • benefit from long-term relationships (not dependency) – negotiating risks, building capacity, trust, confidence • benefit from partnerships – industry as service provider • listen to appropriate language • require flexible financial support
  4. 4. recommendations for future • identify focus areas for intervention – from an innovation systems perspective • create platforms for the open sharing of knowledge and experiences • build capacity in existing business support infrastructure • embed ecodesign and sustainability in higher/further, professional training, etc • build capacity in the indigenous design sector • establishing a culture of policy learning • facilitate horizontalisation across policy domains
  5. 5. thank you questions? contact frank@edcw.org www.edcw.org
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