Sustainability Criteria

Sustainability Criteria

It is UNIDO´s interest to ensure that all Chemical Leasing activities follow the principles of sustainability that are understood in the following way:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

It is in the interest of all involved partners that a chemical leasing approach follows high quality standards. This is also achieved if the following sustainability criteria are fulfilled:

    a) Reduction of adverse impacts for environment, health, energy and resource consumption caused by chemicals and their application and production processes

    b) Improved handling and storage of chemicals to prevent and minimize risks

    c) No substitution of chemicals by substances with a higher risk

    d) Economic and social benefits are generated; a contract should contain the objective of continuous improvements and should enable a fair and transparent sharing of the benefits between the partners

    e) Monitoring of the improvements needs to be possible

Within the Global ChL Programme, these criteria were successfully applied to 10 case studies/pilot projects in seven different countries.

The set of sustainability criteria has proven to be very helpful not only for evaluating ChL projects but also in the negotiation and start-up phase.