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Catalysing sustainable water and energy management in Food and Beverage Industries in the Ayeryarwady River Basin
About the projectPart of our Freshwater 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
Tha Bar Wa project developed the sector specific Environmental Management Plan (EMP) checklist and guidance with the support of an international consultant, in order to assist small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in food and beverage (F&B) sector in preparing and implementing effective EMPs.
The paper seeks to share lessons learned from the project and advance sustainability finance in the region.
Six food and beverage (F&B) factories within the Yangon Region were assessed for how they process and treat wastewater by Tha Bar Wa in March 2022.
The latest success stories come from potato snack manufacturer, Three Sisters, and local bakery El Dorado of the Divine Food Garden Industry Co., Ltd. Both have now installed wastewater treatment plants in their factories.
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.
This activity has been done with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of WWF and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.