The project aims to improve the conditions for the development of the Green Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the development of new and improved Quality Infrastructure (QI) services relevant for the Green Economy, defined as an economy which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.
In order to support the transition process towards a Green Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean, the project focuses on three key areas: Based on a primary assessment of the needs of Green Economy stakeholders for QI services, project activities promote cooperation between actors of the Green Economy and QI Institutions so as to eventually support the improvement and development of QI for the Green Economy. The methodical approach encompasses technical and organizational consultancy, capacity building and the organization of national and regional awareness raising and cooperation processes.
Relevant QI services may include measurement and testing services to support the development of new technologies, innovative products and monitoring systems. Also, the project promotes the elaboration of new standards and certifications for management systems, persons, products and services, and accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, as well as for certi cation, inspection or veri cation bodies.
Possible intervention areas vary from waste management and recycling, sustainable cities and mobility, clean production, global value chains, to green buildings and green tourism.
An Advisory Committee composed of representatives of the regional organizations of metrology (Interamerican Metrology System, SIM), standardization (Pan American Standards Commission, COPANT) and accreditation (Inter American Accreditation Cooperation, IAAC) as well as representatives of relevant organizations in the field of the Green Economy such as United Nations Agencies and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ECLAC advises the planning and implementation process.
The promotion of the Green Economy is highly relevant for the rapidly growing economies in Latin America and the Caribbean, both in order to orient their growth in a sustainable way and to stay competitive in a dynamic international environment. Moreover, the region stands out for its exceptional biodiversity, its importance for the global climate as its forests play a significant role in the global carbon budget, but also because of its increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
By improving and developing new QI services, the project fosters the technical foundation for the development of the Green Economy in the region. It strengthens the partner institutions and the relevant regional networks. In addition, it furthers the inclusion of quality-related aspects in the relevant initiatives of the Green Economy and, thus, contributes to its development. By systematically passing on experiences and entertaining continuous relations with the stakeholders of the Green Economy such as international organizations, regional and national political initiatives and small and medium enterprises, QI institutions (national metrology institutes, standardization institutes and accreditation bodies as well as their regional technical organizations) can extend and improve their service offer in a targeted manner according to the Green Economy’s requirements. Finally, QI allows to increase the quality of products and services of the Green Economy and to develop innovative solutions with the support of quality assuring services.
The project aims to coordinate its activities closely with other donors active in the region in the area of Green Economy and Quality Infrastructure.
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
2016 – 2018
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
Tel.: +49 531 592 8265
Training Workshop on Hazardous Waste Management in Laboratories, Kingston Jamaica, August 14 – 17, 2017
The first training workshop on Hazardous Waste Management in Laboratories held at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Kingston Jamaica on August 14 – 17, 2017. This workshop provided participants from Latin America and the Caribbean with the necessary tools and training to develop and implement a Hazardous Waste Management plan for laboratories in their home country. Participants included persons from: Barbados, Ecuador, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).
To view country presentations click the URL: https://www.ptb.de/tc/index.php?id=7841
Follow-up Workshop on the Implementation of Pilot Projects, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, May 07 – 09, 2018
PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) facilitated a follow-up workshop on Hazardous Waste Management in Laboratories in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on May 07 – 09, 2018. At this workshop participants from Latin America and the Caribbean provided an update and discussed the challenges and opportunities of implementing a Hazardous Waste Management System in laboratories in their country. A presentation on Chemical Waste Management for Laboratories was also made by Dr Roswitha Meyer. The workshop also included site visits to Tiger Tanks Trinidad Unlimited, a hazardous waste management facility. Participating countries at the workshop were Barbados, Ecuador, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).
Capacity Building – Training of Trainers Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, May 10 – 11, 2018
PTB Training of Trainers workshop on Hazardous Waste Management held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago during 10 to 11 May 2018 for key laboratory personnel from Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of the workshop was to build and strengthen the capacity of the participants in the area of Hazardous Waste Management. The participating countries at this workshop were Barbados, Ecuador, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).
First National Training Workshop on Hazardous Waste Management in Laboratories, Trinidad and Tobago, May 14 – 16, 2018
PTB with the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) facilitated a national workshop on Hazardous Waste Management at TTBS, Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago on May 14 to 16, 2018. At this workshop participants from various laboratories across Trinidad and Tobago were exposed to presentations on chemical waste management for laboratories, an introduction to the Basel convention presented by the EMA (Environment Management Authority) and the method for implementing a hazardous waste and safety management plan. The workshop also included site visits to Tiger Tanks Trinidad Unlimited, a hazardous waste management facility and the TTBS Chemical Products Laboratory.
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