New National Cleaner Production Centre
She said, the Centre will reduce cost of production through efficient use of resources, minimisation of waste; re-use and recycling, enhance competitiveness in the wider market place, improve satisfaction and increase environmental conscious customers, insurers and bankers.
Ms. Ayittey disclosed this in Accra at the inaugural ceremony and stressed that, globalisation of the economy has compelled developing countries to remain competitive as greater importance is given to environmental aspects of trade policies and arrangements.
According to him, “this has created a situation where developing countries have responded to internal and international pressure to address environmental management systems.”
Ms. Ayittey noted that, the interest of industry in self-regulation and proactive compliance approaches to environmental legislation at the local level need commendation.
She said the Ministry has completed a roadmap for Sustainable Development Action Plan of which resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production are at the centre of growth in Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The Sector Minister also noted that, the policy will ensure the sustainability of the operation of the Centre in its coordinating role in Ghana, and the sub-region to contribute to the attainment of NEPAD’s environmental imitative.
She explained that the Centre will provide service to SMEs in meeting the national environmental legislations and improve on AKOBEN rating.
The AKOBEN programme is an environmental performance rating and disclosure initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Under the programme, the environmental performance of mining and manufacturing operations is assessed using a five-colour rating scheme.
Ms. Ayittey called on SMEs to take advantage of the Centre and reduce production cost and be environmental compliant.
Mr. Daniel Amlalo, Acting Executive Director of EPA, on his part, said the socio-economic development of the country, like many other African countries have led to continues environmental degradation, including, widespread land degradation, loss of biodiversity, deforestation and loss of arable and grazing land.
He said the facility, the first to be established in the West Africa and being supported by the United Nations Industrial Organisation, will train people of sister countries to improve on their environment.
Mr. Amlalo said: “It will also build and enhance capacities through improving technical and management competence of local consultants, financing institutions and industry players with interest in cleaner production,” he added.