RERAM project: Resource efficiency offers new opportunities for small enterprises in the forest and woodworking sector of UkraineBy
Saving resources, raw materials and energy are important for companies to improve their competitiveness and reduce environmental impacts. The EU-funded FP7 project RERAM promoted practical solutions for local woodworking SMEs in the EU Neighbourhood countries Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, where company managers learn to upgrade the efficiency and implement sustainability measures in their production. During the final conference held in Lviv, Ukraine on May 18, the results were discussed by a large panel of industry managers and experts, who stressed the importance of resource efficiency to enhance value adding, innovation and new markets for wood manufacturers in Eastern Europe.
Recently Wood Processing and Furniture Cluster has hosted representatives of Norwegian Forestry Group and Norsk Energi who have visited Lviv oblast within a pre-study commissioned by the Embassy of Norway in Ukraine. The pre-study aims to assess the possibility for an increased use of forest-based bioenergy in Ukraine and specify the focus areas for a Norwegian support to the bioenergy sector in Ukraine.