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Certificates for Cleaner Production

05/12/2014

On 05th December 2014, the representatives of the Chamber of Economy and UNIDO handed the certificates to the companies and consultants who participated in the project “Program for Cleaner Production in Montenegro”.

The project was realized in partnership with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The project was financed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The Chamber of Economy was the coordinator of the activities in Montenegro. The program was based on the UNIDO experience in the establishment of national centers of cleaner production in 50 countries around the world. It defines specific conditions for the establishment of the cleaner production center in Montenegro. Through two implementation phases, the activities within the project were focused on the development of the national experts’ capacities for cleaner production, eco friendly technologies and the assessment of the aspects of cleaner production in the production processes of the companies from the area of agriculture and tourism.

The following companies received the certificates: Real Estate & Co, hotels Palata Venecija and Dvori Balsica, Ulcinj; Hotel Trend Korali, Sutomore; bakery Primat, Podgorica; Eko Meduza, Bijelo Polje; the Mill of Niksic a.d. – Niksic; Simsic Montmilk d.o.o. – Danilovgrad; Sljukic Co d.o.o. – Niksic; MI Goranovic d.o.o. – Niksic; Niksen Trade Cavor d.o.o. – Kotor; Poljonik cow farm d.o.o. – Njegusi; bakery Uniprom d.o.o. – Niksic; Montstate d.o.o. – Cetinje and Mianja d.o.o. – Cetinje.

The certified experts are: Mladenka Vujosevic, Mirjana Kujovic, Jadranka Zvicer, Ivana Joksimovic, Ratko Pavicevic, Sanja Pavicevic, Petar Muhadinovic, Slobodan Zivkovic, Cazim Alkovic, Milan Polovic, Nikola Ivanovic, Tanja Gomilanovic, Danilo Radoman and Djani Milacic.

- With the implementation of the “Cleaner Production” project, the Chamber of Economy has confirmed once again its dedication to support the activities directed at obtaining knowledge adapted to modern development goals. The chamber has recognized on time the education and resource efficiency as an imperative of economic growth and competitiveness on the European market. It is now clear that the cleaner production standards have the greatest significance for the key economic sectors where Montenegro will base its future: energy, tourism, agriculture and management of hydro-potentials – the Adviser at the Chamber of Economy, Mr Stanko Zlokovic, has said.

According to him, under the current conditions characterized by the lack of resources and excessive technological pressure on the environment, the results achieved in cooperation with the University of Montenegro, with the financial support of the Government of Slovenia and under the UNIDO auspices, they have special value.

- Following the training, fifteen experts have been able to manage the whole life cycle of products, to propose technological procedures which reduce the use of resources from the very entry of raw materials in the production process to the use and disposal of products, with the constant risk control and estimation of the environmental influences. Cleaner production standards have been introduced at 13 Montenegrin enterprises which have been involved in this project thus showing understanding of their dependence on continuous procurement of raw materials excessively used in industrial engineering and of the need for the introduction of innovation technologies which should enable a more efficient use of product inputs as a precondition for sustainable future. Our joint activities have been focused on the control of water consumption, reduction of waste water disposal and the pollution of protected water, reduction of electricity consumption, creation of independent, self-sustainable structures and achievement of the zero status of landfills, given the inefficiency of waste generation – Mr Zlokovic has said.

The representative of the Embassy of Slovenia, Ms Alesa Sovinc, has said that the project is a part of the international development cooperation which represents an important segment of the country’s external policy.

- Of all Western Balkan countries, Montenegro is one of the most important counterparts for Slovenian international development cooperation. In the period 2008 – 2013, Slovenia allocated more than 8 million EUR as development assistance for Montenegro. In addition, through UNIDO, it received 450,000 EUR for the period 2013 – 2015 – Ms Sovinc has said, adding that Slovenia wants to continue cooperation with our country, especially helping on the road to European integrations. 

Petra Schwager, UNIDO Project, has emphasized the contribution of sustainable industrial economic development of all European countries.

- Industrial development should be efficient and with less invested resources because only those countries which use their raw materials efficiently are more successful – Ms Schwager has said.

She has said that some of the companies which passed through this program have achieved exquisite results. They saved cca 500,000 EUR in total through this program, which, in her opinion, is not a small amount.

- I am inviting you to join hands and increase the number of companies which realize the cleaner production program from 17 to 70 – Ms Schwager has said.

The results of the project have been presented by the program coordinator, Mr Aleksandar Mardjonovic from the Chamber of Economy.

- Our aim is to develop national capacities but also the companies’ awareness of the benefits and needs of this project – Mr Mardjonovic has said.

The project has been organized through 6 workshops attended by 11 companies from the agriculture sector, 2 from tourism, 15 participants, 7 national and 2 international experts.

- Among other things, the concept of the UNIDO project is to consider what can be done at the initial phase of the production process to reduce the quantity of waste in the final phase. As a result, the proposed option of cleaner production will be achieved. There were 100 for 13 companies with the planned investments of 1,383,881 EUR, the annual savings of 428,203 EUR and the return period of 3,23 years. The potential for annual savings are 14,245 m3 of water, 826.29 tons of fuel, 2,135,343 KW/h of electricity, 3,763 tons of reduced emission of CO2 – Mr Mardjonovic has explained.

Mr Milutin Djuranovic, Simsic Montmilk d.o.o. and Mr Danilo Radoman have addressed the audience and expressed their gratitude on behalf of the certified companies and experts.