Switzerland - Support of a National Resource Efficiency Network for SMEs

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Switzerland commits to supporting a National Resource Efficiency Network for small- and medium-sized enterprises. The national resource efficiency network (Reffnet.ch) was established by the Swiss government, private companies, and the scientific community. Reffnet.ch provides analytical tools to assess resource efficiency – especially material efficiency - and to realise the recognised potentials. The website provides practical measures for companies to make a positive impact on environment and resource protection. Furthermore, the network initiates innovation projects to increase resource efficiency. The commitment will result in the improvement of companies’ resource-efficiency, reduction of material use, energy and costs. It will also result in social benefits through improvements in occupational health and safety.

The commitment falls under focus area 1 and 5 of the Batumi Initiative to develop clean physical capital for sustainable production patterns; and improve the measurement and valuation of natural capital.

Implementing partners will include private companies, municipalities, consultant companies, and universities.

The commitment is relevant to SDG targets 9.4, 12.1 and 12.2.