Sustainable Energy


Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas




Closed Looped Cycle Production in Ecuador (2010-2013) - Phase I

The Closed Looped Cycle Production Program (CLCP) in the Americas was implemented in Ecuador between 2010 and 2013 (Phase I) with the main objective of introducing and showcase the viability and applicability of the Closed Looped Cycle Production method in the Ecuadorian productive sector. During almost two and half years of hard work, together with the Ministry of Coordination of Production, Employment and Competitiveness in Ecuador, the OAS Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) and consortium partners, were able to demonstrate the feasibility of this methodology, by creating a national program on Closed Looped Cycle Production and successfully certify an Ecuadorian product Cradle to Cradle (C2C). Ecuador thus became the first Latin American country with a certified product in C2C.

Specific Objective: To increase energy efficiency, productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of small-medium-size enterprises (SMEs) from the productive sector of Ecuador through the application of the closed-looped cycle production philosophy.


Principle Counterpart

The Coordinating Ministry of Production, Employment and Competitiveness of Ecuador


Description of the CLCPA Program in Ecuador

Component 1 - Capacity Building: To create/improve capacity of government and national enterprises, in particular SME’s in prioritized sub-sectors to carry out C2C product development project(s) within the Ecuadorian production sector.

Component 2 – Cooperation & Dialogue: To set up/establish an institutional framework among all relevant stakeholders to facilitate cooperation, dialogue and the proper design and implementation of C2C development project(s) in the production sector of Ecuador.

Component 3 – Policy Development: Establish a proper legal and regulatory framework to address market barriers in order to incentivize and facilitate the production and introduction of the C2C products in Ecuador.

Component 4 – Business Development: To showcase and/or prove the profitability and sustainability of businesses (including SMEs) within the production sector applying the C2C method.


Results of Phase I

See below results obtained in Ecuador during the implementation of Phase I and II of the Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas Program.


Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) Certification: A first in Latin America and the Caribbean See video (only available in Spanish)

March 19, 2013 - Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas Initiative hosts a ceremony for handing in the first Cradle-to-Cradle Certification for a packaging product in Latin America and the Caribbean, see Press Release