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PREMA presented at First Transnational Workshop of an EU financed project in Berlin

PREMAnet has been invited to present its experiences with regards to resource efficiency in SMEs in the first transnational workshops on tools and experiences that took place in April 2014 in Berlin. PREMAnet board member Johanna Klein presented the PREMA concept, as well as the experiences made all over the world and the possibility to apply PREMA in Eastern Europe. The event was part of an EU financed project that focuses on the promotion of resource efficiency in SMEs in Central Europe. Discussions evolved around the possibilities on how to promote resource efficiency and the type of tools that would be useful in Eastern Europe. For further information on the PRESOURCE project, see


GIZ publication on Resource Efficiency contains article about PREMA Methodologies

The latest GIZ publication on Resource Efficiency in Development Cooperation by Dr. Detlev Ullrich / GIZ, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., contains an article written by Dr. Edith Kürzinger about PREMA methodologies.

The publication  can be found and downloaded free of charge at

Enjoy the reading.


EoCM® handbook is being translated into Spanish

The GIZ Project Fortalecimiento MINAM in Lima, Peru under the direction of Michael Pollmann and the leadership of Vanessa Esslinger have commited to translate PREMA's EoCM® handbook into Spanish. This is one of various activities that are making the development of a network in Peru possible.

PREMAnet international highly appreciates the initative and thanks MINAM Peru for their valuable contribution.

El Proyecto Fortalecimiento MINAM de GIZ en Lima, Perú, bajo la dirección de Michael Pollmann y el liderazgo de Vanessa Esslinger han aceptado iniciar la traducción del manual de Gestión de Costos con Criterios Ambientales (GCA®) al Español.

Esta es una entre otras varias actividades que hacen que el desarrollo de una red en Perú sea posible.

PREMAnet International aprecia mucho esta iniciativa y agradece a MINAM de Perú por su importante contribución.

Chemical Management in Bangladesh

Companies in Bangladesh interested in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their chemical management can now avail our training and consulting

services through our partners in the Programme for Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in Industry by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ PSES). For further information contact our PREMAnet trainers in Bangladesh Tipu Michael Rozario This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Victor Biswas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get in touch with GIZ PSES, Productivity and Eco-efficiency  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

PREMA® – always ongoing in PERU

Today the micro, small and medium sized enterprises in Peru are no strangers to the challenges which lie ahead for companies in the more developed countries in contributing to the sustainable development of the country. They have to adapt to demands of products of low environmental impact, reducing their costs and increasing their productivity without ignoring their social and environmental responsibility. To respond to these demands the Ministry of Environment of Peru uses the PREMA® methodology.

In the last two years it was GIZ promoting and fostering the application of the PREMA® toolbox through a programme called “Strengthening the Ministry of Environment” at national level in various sectors. Through these activities the Ministry is adopting the methodology in its Eco-Efficiency and Environmental Quality area.

With first activities in 2001, 2002 and 2007 but still not supported from the government level PREMA® picked up speed in 2010 and 2011. PREMA® promotion activities have enabled 81 persons to participate in Trainings of Trainers of the tool Good Housekeeping (GHK®) and 10 consultants to go through an initial module of Environment-oriented Cost Management (EoCM®). More than 25 workshops have been implemented by the newly trained consultants in GHK® in various regions of the country and in a multitude of sectors such as hotels, restaurants, tanneries, shoes, wine production, wood and furniture etc. giving the opportunity to the trained people to achieve their licence in PREMA®. Up to now 3 have been licenced and 5 are ready for the licence now. That is how the PREMA® family increases.

Among the institutions supporting the PREMA® promotion are GIZ (formerly GIZ, InWEnt and DED in cooperation), the Ministry of Environment of Peru, SENATI, CITES and the Production Ministry, PROIKOS consulting agency and the local governments of Cuzco, La Libertad, Arequipa, Tacna among other, as well as NGOs are adopting more and more the methodology in their environmental and production departments.

The Training of Trainer workshops in GHK and EoCM were facilitated by Susanne Arlinghaus with the co-facilitation of the active Peruvian co-facilitators Natalia Vizcarra, Markus Tritschler, María del Camen Gibaja, Karen Ganvini, and other consultants who have promoted PREMA® in all the country.

We are awaiting the formalization of the local PREMAnet in Peru at the beginning of 2012. We have initiated the network to confirm our foundation of 2010 already and will share more results soon!

Best wishes from Peru and see you soon!