West Java RECP Business Consultation

In order to better understand the concerns and needs of industries for RECP implementation and to reflect RECP practices on the business experiences, regional environment and resource use priorities in West Java, UNIDO in collaboration with ICPC held the third series of regional business consultation on 13 April 2016 in Bandung.

The West Java regional business consultation brought together around 64 participants from the lead representatives of business membership organizations, enterprises, regional industries, environment and planning agencies, environment and industrial experts, technical, academia, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders.

The event was divided into three sessions. In the first session were two presentations on RECP concept, implementation, best practices, and benefits for enterprises/industries in Indonesia; and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), and Indicator of SCP Indonesia for Business. In the second session, participants were invited to cast their votes on RECP market place -- key actions under each of six RECP issues, using color dot stickers. participants had to choose which issues were already addressed by enterprises in West Java and which issues were most important for improving profitability and sales of enterprises in West Java. For actors of industries this activity can be some sort of self-assessment of their RECP practices.

In the third or last session, participants were discussed the challenges (internal and external) that enterprises need to overcome for RECP. The internal challenges were among others mismanagement, misguided, lack of information, and raw materials availability. How to optimizing the use of alternative energy also become an internal challenge that enterprises need to solved for RECP. Miscalculation often happens from the sales perspective, some companies have an advance equipment because the sales equipment so convincing and promising but at the end miracle do not exist so often. External challenges were among others clean production policy, which is still based on voluntary rather than compulsory and issue on law enforcement. Participants aware that Government is already developing the infrastructure, but on the supply of energy such as natural gas, still are not available in all areas, especially in Western Java. Participants also listed the need for capital support, especially for middle and lower industry from Government. Participants identified the need of support from the Government about the environmental permit, and requested that permit to be reviewed from the central Government until the province level.

Other challenges identified by participants were the lack of rewards and punishment systems from the enterprises and the Government, and ignorance from the public, workers, management -- sometimes communities also encourage violations of environmental pollution. Participants believed that many enterprises/industries have agreed that RECP present an opportunity for businesses (some saving to be made, some profit to be made, some environmental gain to be made) but they also aware that there are some challenges to this road.

UNIDO committed to use this consultation results jointly with outcomes from parallel business consultations in other regions, as a guide to the development and implementation of RECP policies and strategies of relevant ministries, regional authorities as well as other stakeholders, under an RECP network. 

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