Present at the ceremony were representative of Ministry of Environment Mr. Ahmad Al Qatarneh, Swiss Ambassador in Amman Mr. Paul Widmer, RSS President Dr. Sa’ad Hijazi, President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology Dr.
Hisham Ghassib, and Director of the RSS Environmental Research Centre Dr. Bassam Hayek in addition to President of Sustainable Business Associates Mr Karim Zein representing the Swiss Reference Center and a number of specialists in the field of environment at the local, regional and international levels.
The Cp project is the outcome of a joint Jordanian-Swiss cooperation initiative contributing 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.
Based on the memorandum of understanding signed between Jordan and Switzerland in 2002, the Environmental Research Centre (ERC) of Rss has been selected to implement a long-term CP program in Jordan in cooperation with Swiss institutions.
The CP Unit of RSS carried out several activities over the past year. Among these activities was holding a training workshop on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the financial assessment in Jordan. The main objective was to provide technical training and raise awareness among participants regarding this flexible mechanism which emerged from Kyoto Protocol. A research study was also conducted by two Swiss researchers from FHNW to investigate the potential for CDM projects in Jordan.
Furthermore, the First Arab Regional Workshop on CP was held in Amman with participants from several Arab countries. It is also to be noted that RSS continued through CP to promote awareness on environmental economics whereby the link between CP and environmental economics was discussed among governmental decision-makers and senior officials in Jordan during a roundtable meeting that was held at the Ministry of Environment.
Another unique achievement was setting a model for a CP Excellence Award that is in line with international systems like EFQM. The model can be adopted as an Environmental Award for enterprises.
The CP project proved to be feasible and expandable in the Kingdom and the region as encouraging results have been recorded among which are the National Paints Factories and the Jordan Sipes Paints, Modern Aluminum Co. (MODAL), Arabian Steel Pipes Co., Arab Aluminum Industry Co. (ARAL), Quality Food, and Jordan Valley Food Co. Further, the CP Unit is undertaking CP assessments for a large number of industries in the dairy production sector in different areas in Jordan, for which it has joined forces with the Enhanced Productivity Centers Project (IRADA) supported by the Ministry of Planning and being implemented by a consortium of RSS and Al Nahj (private establishment). The Unit has also given attention to the medium sized enterprises, and is currently doing a study for the Kemira Arab Potash Company (KEMAPCO).
It is expected that the capacity and experience gained will also feed a planned MSc Program at Princess Sumaya University for Technology starting in 2007.