Sustainable Energy


Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas

Context in the Latin American and Caribbean region

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) account for nearly two thirds of employment in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), they contribute less than half of total GDP due to low levels of productivity. Many MSMEs rely on inefficient product design and production methods and lack innovative business models to compete in the international market and limit their ability to address unintended socio-environmental problems.

This initiative is focused on promoting, introducing and applying the concept of  'Closed Looped Cycle Production' to the productive sector of nations in the Americas as a key solution to help mitigate climate change through sustainable and eco-effective production. This implies the development of industrial processes or of manufacturing in which materials utilized in a product become valuable nutrients upon reaching the end of their useful life. This may incentivize nations to achieve closed looped cycle consumption patterns or circular economies that will contribute to reducing dependency on continuous extraction of increasingly scarce commodities, improving energy efficiency as well as increase environmental performance due to the reduction of GHG emissions, solid waste and waste water generation among other environmental impacts while simultaneously improving the productivity and competitiveness of businesses.

Goal of the Program

Introduce and showcase the viability and applicability of Closed Looped Cycle Production design and manufacturing methodologies in the production sector of nations in the Americas as an innovative business development tool to mainly improve energy efficiency and environmental performance in the industrial sector and to increase the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of businesses, and facilitate the transition toward circular economies throughout the region.

Specific Program Objective (Phase II, 2013-2015)

Increased awareness and buy-in on the part of stakeholders in participating countries, of the relevance and viability of innovative Closed Looped Cycle Production methods and certification as means for energy efficient and sustainable production in companies, including small and medium sized enterprises, and in this manner facilitate the transition toward circular economies.

Program Components

  • Awareness Raising - Increase awareness, knowledge, and collaboration among stakeholders (government, national enterprises, National Cleaner Production Centers (NCPC), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) or chambers of commerce, etc.) about Closed Looped Cycle Production. Read more...

  • Analysis and Policy Advice - Prepare and present position papers to stakeholders to facilitate high-level policy dialogue on economic and environmental benefits of sustainable design and closed-looped cycle production methods necessary for incentivizing and supporting MSMEs adoption of Closed Loop Cycle Production.

  • Promote Application - Promote the application or adoption of Closed Looped Cycle Production methods (incl. Cradle-to-cradle, Cleaner Production, Sustainable Materials Management, or similar certifications and methods) by companies, in particular SMEs in participating countries.