Energy & Climate Change

15 | November | 2013

National Council for Clean Production sings an alliance with Fundación Chile

The agreement will promote clean production through the life cycle approach, generating a methodology to assess sustainability aspects, considering the entire value chain and focusing on the final product.

With the presence of the Minister of Economy, Félix de Vicente; the executive director at the National Council for Clean Production, Jorge Ale; and the chairman at Fundación Chile, Álvaro Fischer this significant agreement was executed with the purpose of promoting greater sustainability, productive modernization and companies’ competitiveness.

The initiative promotes clean production through the life cycle approach, generating a methodology to assess sustainability aspects taking into consideration the whole value chain, focused on the final product. The methodology must base its actions on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), but simplifying and systematizing its cross application to productive sectors.

In this line, it is sought to promote the incorporation of this methodological approach through the development of an eco-labeling system or of large-scale buyers -such as retail chains or the government procurement market- that can use promotion tools and mechanisms for a more sustainable production and consumption.

During the event, Minister De Vicente highlighted that “we must promptly assume the challenges that this globalized world is demanding, both in the quality of our goods and services and in business behavior matters. The transformation of impacts for the benefit of society will represent a unique opportunity for social differentiation and an essential competitiveness element for companies.

Álvaro Fischer, chairman at Fundación Chile, said “Fundación Chile has been participating in the Sustainability Consortium, which purpose is to measure the products’ life cycle and sustainability indexes so that consumers can choose the best ones. This agreement is setwithin that line”. He also added “this set of activities is going in the right direction; it lays downthe path on how countries are conducted.”

According to CPL’s executive director, Jorge Ale, using methodologies associated to LCA is an important global trend, which today allows to level Chilean small and medium enterprises with the international context.

Through this agreement, it is expected to incorporate this product sustainability perspective to the Acuerdos de Producción Limpia (Clean Production Agreements or APL), promoted by the National Council for Clean Production, considering the processes and actions involved in the products’ chain of supply and strengthening this tool as a way of channeling the life cycle approach.

CPL's executive director added that it is essential to incorporate the value chain. “We have assumed the challenge of improving production levels and the impacts that are generated and, with this alliance, we are strengthening it [such improvement]" he said.

Meanwhile, Nicola Borregaard, manager of Energy and Climate Change at Fundación Chile, said “today we have citizens that are very aware and interested in the subject. Our dream is that, at some point, all consumers know the history behind each product".