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"Cleaner production: a sustainable future for industry"
About the projectPart of our Sustainable Business Programme Tha Bar Wa is a four year project funded by the European Union under the SWITCH-Asia Programme. It promotes cleaner production in Myanmar’s growing Food and Beverages sector, specifically in the small and medium-size enterprises. The project’s name “Tha Bar Wa” expresses a commitment to nature and the resources utilised by companies.
Though industrial development is critical for economic growth, if not managed responsibly it could have significant negative impacts on the natural environment and undermine the country’s long-term development. Through cleaner production practices, we have an opportunity to ensure growth whilst conserving natural resources, contributing to people’s well being, promoting innovation and helping industries to mitigate risks, cut costs and reduce water and energy use.
StakeholdersMinistry of Industry (MoI), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MoNREC), Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), Department of Research and Innovation (DRI), Yangon Technological University (YTU), Industrial Zone Committees, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Mandalay Technological University (MTU), Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC)
Who benefits?Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and industrial zones of F&B sector, local banks, communities living near industrial zones, local industry associations and business intermediaries
Working closely with local and national policy makers, small and medium sized Food and Beverage enterprises, local financing institutions, business associations and academia, this project intends to improve the sector’s environmental performance and contribute to a green economy in Myanmar by:
60% of companies in Myanmar are Food and Beverage producers.
89% of the Food and Beverage industry’s enterprises are small and medium scale.
WWF estimates than less than 5% of Food and Beverages producers have a functioning wastewater treatment. Industrial wastewater pollution is the biggest risk to Myanmar’s freshwater ecosystems.
On average, factories experience 3 blackouts every week.
FROM THE FIELD
Unlocking bank loans for green technologies to catalyse sustainable industrial production
Tha Bar Wa Project and Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation signed MoUs with four leading banks of Myanmar to catalyse green finance for sustainable industrial production. The MoUs formalise technical assistance to banks to increase green SME loans and financial products for sustainable industrial production over the next three years. The MoUs also aim to facilitate business matchmaking between ...