RSS has embarked on a Cleaner Production (CP)
project to help industries yield cleaner and more
efficient ways of production. The project is a
three-year programme designed and run by the CP Unit
of RSS Environmental Research Centre, the project
will help Jordanian industrial firms improve the
efficiency of the production activities and in turns
their competitiveness in the market.
The project has attracted five local firms in the
fields of paints and metal manufacturing in its
first one-year phase. These firms, and the others
that will join the programme in the coming two
years, seek to take advantage of RSS' expertise in
the CP field to become more qualified to deliver
competitively priced products that meet costumer
satisfaction, as they are produced in an
environmentally sound manner.
The overall objective of the CP project is to
contribute towards a sustainable industrial
production mode in Jordan, increasing the long-term
competitive position of enterprises while reducing
their environmental pollution by applying
cost-effective measures and technologies.
The CP concept is not simply a question of changing
equipment. It is a matter of changing attitudes and
behaviors in doing business, applying know-how and
improving production processes as well as the
The programme is based on an anticipate and prevent
philosophy. Targeting certain industries should not
be seen as an indication of environmental problems
caused by these companies. RSS believes that
"prevention is better than cure."
By the end of the program, which includes training
and in-plant application, companies are expected to
improve resources management, lower production
costs, secure a stronger footing in the global
market and ensure more motivated personnel.
The programme is technically supported by three
Swiss institutes, namely Institute of Environmental
Technology, the Sustainable Business Associates and