The News

United Nations Partnership for Action on the Green Economy

In March 2017 (27-28th March) the United Nations Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) organised a Ministerial Conference in Berlin in collaboration with the German Ministry of the Environment. The conference leveraged Germany's presidency of G20 in the first half of 2017. 

UNIDO and UNEP as core members of PAGE gave keynote speeches. GIZ was strongly represented, including Detlef Schreiber and the PREMA product manager, Michael Funcke-Bartz. 

The call to action was compelling from all parties, with Professor Jeffrey Sachs suggesting that without a concerted effort to address global warming for example and keep the increase in temperature to less than 2°, there is a strong risk that most of the planet's coastal and low-lying cities (e.g. New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, London, Bankok, Jakarta) will be under 6 metres of water. The only way for our planet to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals is to collaborate and partner, looking beyond individual governements' and organisations objectives and preferences.

Demand for chemical management services in Bangladesh textile and leather sector growing

The GIZ implemented German-Bangladesh programme for Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards (GIZ PSES) has just released a revised version of GIZ Chemical Management (CM) toolkit. This revised toolkit specifically focuses on the needs of textile/leather industry and refers to emerging chemical management issues and requirements such as under Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). The toolkit itself consists of one self-guiding company handbook and one service provider guideline. The latter will help trainers/consultants/auditors to support their industry clients in establishing or fine-tuning a chemical management system as well as implementing risk control measures in line with international good practices. The revision and field testing of the toolkit was carried out by a team of industry service providers and consultants, including members of PREMAnet. As part of these efforts, GIZ PSES also provided training and coaching support to 35 local service providers, including representatives from industry association service cells, training institutions and private consulting companies, to facilitate the launch of the revised chemical management approach. Initiatives under GIZ develoPPP and GIZ International services have already incorporated the revised toolkit into their recently launched activities in Bangladesh and China. For further information about the revised toolkit, please contact PREMAnet CM focal point Dr. Jürgen Hannak, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Revised chemical management toolkit in line with ZDHC/DETOX

Opportunities for interested trainers in chemical management in Bangladesh - GIZ PSES will publish a revised Chemical Management toolkit for companies and trainers in August 2016. The revised version even more closely refers to the requirements under ZDHC/Detox, in particular with regard to the implementation of ZDHC Chemical Management Systems. In connection with this relaunch, a number of training for trainers and service providers will be initiated through GIZ PSES from August 2016 onwards. For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Assembly 2017 - Alert

Book your seats for our next General Assembly to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, some time in November 2017. For more information contact Widhoon. 

Pakistan now on the PREMAnet International map

We are welcoming Muhammad Salman Butt as our first PREMA trainer in Pakistan, with whom we are able to add Pakistan to the map of countries with presence of PREMAnet International. As a project manager for the German government funded Espire initiative www.espire.com.pk and member of the local bfz gGmbh project team, Salman presently supports the industry in Pakistan in embracing sustainble production practices, amongst others looking into resource efficiency, chemical, energy and environmental management. At this moment the garment/textile sector and the automobile supply industry are two of the focal areas of his work. Following two initial pilot interventions on profitable resource efficient management and chemicals management in 2014 in the context of the Espire Green component, further initiatives in Pakistan are under preparation.