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Would you like to save resources, reduce costs and become more competitive?

In total, 7 companies will take part in the MED TEST II project, 3 from the plastic sector, 2 from the food and beverage sector, 1 from the metal sector and 1 from the chemical sector. Mrs. Hagit Alphandary, from the Weitz Center for Development Studies in Israel, explain us in this interview how to engage companies to join MED TEST II and the benefits that you can achieve as a company.

Please describe your organisation

The Weitz Center for Development Studies is a leading Israel-based NGO established in 1963. Our mission is to build capacities of development professionals from developing countries. Through our activities, we empower decision-makers, community leaders, local trainers, and other influencing agents who participate in improving the life of their own communities.

The Weitz Center is a proud member of UNIDO/UNEP’s joint initiative - the RECPnet, the Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production that brings together over 70 providers of RECP services on a global level, in order to catalyze the effective and widespread application of RECP in developing and transition countries. It does so by providing specialized, quality-assured, technical and advisory services and by facilitating and synergizing its members’ capacities. Part of this effort is implemented in the MED TEST II which is unique for the center since it is designed to train the domestic industry in developing countries on resource efficiency and cleaner production


Can you tell us about yourself?

My name is Hagit Alphandary and I am the project manager of the local partner  of Med TEST II in Israel. After working several years in the Israeli industrial sector as an engineer, I completed my M.Sc. degree in Environmental Studies from Tel-Aviv University. In my past jobs, I worked on building synergies and creating dialogue between industries and environmental groups. This combined experience has helped me to implement the current project and to create an inclusive environment for all stakeholders.    


When the bidding process was launched in order to engage companies to join MED TEST II, did you have lots of interest from industry? From which industrial sectors? Did you see more interest from a specific one? Why do you think is this?

Following the publication of the call of interest, we received a lot of interest, especially from environmental departments of local Israeli authorities. Many of them were extremely keen in implementing the project in their industrial area in order to become more sustainable. Many companies from the waste and wastewater treatment sector were also very eager in joining the programme. Although we believe it is very important to help these industries to become more efficient, unfortunately we couldn´t include them in the project since they didn´t meet the project’s criteria.


Can you please tell us some of the companies that you will be working with and why did you select those ones?

In total, 7 companies will take part in the MED TEST II project: 3 from the plastic sector, 2 from the food and beverage sector, 1 from the metal and 1 from the chemical sector.

is one of the largest and longest established beverage companies in Israel. The company manufactures and markets a variety of beverages, including beers and soft drinks. We selected the company because they already invested significant resources in recycling raw materials and waste, in treating the plant's sewage and in saving energy. We also know that the company has a very good monitoring system in place and that they believe in a methodology that is based on the idea that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.?

Tambour is the largest Israeli company leading the local paint market in Israel. The company accepted the challenge of developing products that are environment-friendly with low volatile organic compound (VOC) according to safety regulations and European standards. During the initial assessment, we observed that the company is a big consumer of solvents which is a good opportunity to learn how they can become more efficient with this material.

Kafrit   is a leading producer of customized masterbatches and compounds for the plastic industry. Kafrit’s facility complies with and adheres to international standards for quality and manufacturing of compounds such as ISO 14001- 9001. The company is a massive consumer of energy and water and during the tour at its plant, we identified a lot of potential in terms of becoming more efficient. Since Kafrit supplies raw materials to most of the plastic industries in Israel, by changing their current production process to a much more efficient one, we will be able to impact the value chain of many industries.


How do you see the progress done lately in terms of greening the industry?

The project is at its initial stages so it is too early yet to highlight any remarkable progress of greening the demonstration sites at this stage. Up until now, the companies that joined MED TEST II, they only have participated in the first day of the TEST training.


What are the benefits that participated industries will achieve by joining the programme?

Apart from the obvious advantages such as saving resources, reducing costs in the long term, becoming more competitive in the local market, as well as entering to new markets, the companies that are taking part in the MED TEST II will have an excellent opportunity to zoom out for a moment from ongoing daily activities and analyse the real production processes and outcomes from different perspectives.

Even in this initial phase, we already acknowledged that companies are having difficulties in gathering data for the implementation of the MFCA component. Actually, this finding further emphasizes the need for participating in the project.