Report: Green Productivity Training for Trainers and Consultants, July 6-24, 2015, Taipei

Group Photo

Group Photo

This training, jointly organized by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and China Productivity Center (CPC), focused on developing and increasing the number of trainers, consultants, and practitioners of Green Productivity, equipped with in-depth knowledge of and hands-on experience in strategic resource planning and management tools, techniques and technologies. This is to enable them to design green growth strategies and to disseminate the knowledge as lead trainers of Green Productivity (GP).

OBJECTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION

A. Garcia, GEPAS

The course is highly significant nowadays to APO member countries because i believe that it is timely considering the continuing environmental concerns due to climate change. This training will encourage SMEs and large scale industries to implement GP in respective organizations and production processes to reduce environmental impacts.

As Operations Manager and also Environmental Consultant of the company, i strongly believe that the training would help improve my knowledge and skills in the field of environmental management. It would enable me to incorporate GP principles, techniques, steps and methods and material flow cost accounting (MFCA) to my projects. Attendance to the training will also enable me to share to DAP, APO, GEPAS colleagues and partners, and Miriam School graduate students, the significance of GP tools in assessing and valuating the status of operation and production process.

I expected the training  to 1) help me understand the key concepts and principles of GP; 2) teach me experiences on actual on-site exercises; and3) teach me how to encourage the government, private sectors and even NGOs to use GP to protect the environment while maintaining the sustainability of businesses/organizations.

L. Cardenas, SWAPP

Since SWAPP is providing capacity building activities and technical assistance to its members and other clients, the knowledge to be gained in will help in terms of application to the requirements of Republic Act 9003. The training will also help SWAPP in applying appropriate productivity and environmental management tools, techniques and technologies in the preparation of SWM plans for local governments and assessment of waste technologies to be endorsed to its members.

I expected to learn new information, meet new friends and gain more understanding in applying GP concepts and procedures from the training. I also expected to learn how to conduct similar training but focused on waste management system. I also expected to share my expertise in waste management during the training and learn from other participants as well.

PARTICIPANTS

Welcome Program

Welcome Program

There were 26 delegates representing 12 countries: Bangladesh (2), Cambodia (2), Fiji (1), India (2), Iran (1), Mongolia (1), Pakistan (2), Philippines (2), Sri Lanka (2), Thailand (1), Republic of China (8), and Vietnam (2).

SCOPE, CONTENT, METHODOLOGY

Methodologies used

Classroom lectures on Green Productivity topics;
Case presentation by resource speakers from CPC;
Hands on project consulting/practicum – site visit, interview, data collection, problem identification, and assessment of GP options;
Country presentation of case studies;
Report preparation and presentation;
Individual action-planning;
Examination and training evaluation;

Resource speakers used visual presentations, they were well prepared and were highly knowledgeable of the topics. They elaborated and expanded the topics in an effective and livelier manner through examples and various illustrations.

Participants were grouped into three, each group with a group team leader. Host teams were assigned to facilitate and conduct management of learning and energizers, mark daily attendance, and remind participants of assignments, punctuality, wearing of IDs, and bringing in of materials and equipment, even plan for evening recreation activities for all participants.

In-company GP practicum, actual site visit to China Steel Corporation, HC Resources and Fong Kee Machinery International, Ltd. Co. were arranged. Key informal interview (KII) and focused group discussion (FGD) during the site visit helped in the data gathering of information related to the company operation and production processes.

Group Workshops

Group Workshops

The groups presented their output, judged by resource speakers based on GP tools and MFCA techniques used. This was done prior to final presentation to management representatives of site visit companies.

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

A. Garcia, GEPAS

I find the training very successful. The organizers, APO and CPC, exerted tireless efforts for the travel arrangements, the selection of experts and participants, venue, and food.  In a short period of time i learned about culture of China and i was exposed to various CPC initiatives in promoting Green Productivity, as the APO Center of Excellence on GP.

L. Cardenas, SWAPP

I was able to gain new knowledge and skills on GP and MFCA including how to apply it in a manufacturing company. The 3-week course was able to meet its objectives in terms of disseminating concepts, tools and techniques on GP and MFCA. The CPC Secretariat did a great job in the coordination and management of training logistics.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

A. Garcia, GEPAS

To APO and DAP:

1. Conduct more trainings in GP;
2. Initiate GP orientation and trainings for SMEs in partnership with SWAPP and GEPAS;

To SWAPP and GEPAS:

1. Conduct echo seminar with DAP, APO alumni, and Miriam Graduate School;
2. Disseminate copy of selected resource materials from the training;

L. Cardenas, SWAPP

My recommendation is to conduct a similar training but a shorter version to the industry sector and the government sector (involved in environment).

SUBMITTED BY

ANABEL H. GARCIA
Operations Manager and Environmental Consultant
Gardenia Environmental Permitting and Auditing Services (GEPAS)
and Board Member
Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP)

LIZETTE C. CARDENAS
Executive Director
Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP)

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