Unido Initiative


Petra 150 150 Support


Former global Chemical Leasing Programme Coordinator, UNIDO

“At UNIDO we always look for new ideas, for sustainable solutions to be applied in industry. When we started, we were working on closing the loops and cleaner production and we were searching for new business models to achieve a win-win situation for economy and environment, target-ing developing and transition countries. But conventional business models do seldom or do not sufficiently inspire innovation, nor do they very often inspire sustainable use of chemicals and other resources. Why is this the case? Because of the principle ‘the more you sell, the more you earn’. And we saw that we had to change this. There was a need for a paradigm change, and we saw this in Chemical Leasing.”

LI Yong

LI Yong 150 150 Support


Former Director General, UNIDO

“Chemical Leasing is continuing to revolutionize the way we do business with chemicals, and address the urgent need to reduce the impact of chemicals production and consumption on the environment, water and human health.”

Stephan Sickars

Stephan Sickars 150 150 Support


Director, Department of Environment and Energy

“There are many actors involved in diffusing the Chemical Leasing business model. Governments are looking for responses to urgent challenges: climate change, resource availability, water scarcity, social issues, trade tensions, etc. They want to help companies adapt to the changes that are coming. As for the business community, companies want to optimise their processes and achieve efficiency, sustainability and flexibility. To have Chemical Leasing more widely adopted, these two groups need a facilitator who actually helps make things happen. That is the role of UNIDO. UNIDO also sees a value in bringing the model closer to academia and the scientific community. They have an important role to play in further developing and mainstreaming Chemical Leasing globally.

UNIDO also works on facilitating uptake of Chemical Leasing, convincing enterprises about its benefits, collecting practical experiences in implementing the business model and bringing these to a wider audience, ranking the capacity for innovation in this field and other critical parameters. In this regard, the Global Chemical Leasing Award scheme is a very useful tool. This award scheme is further stimulating innovation and showcasing best practices.

In sum, UNIDO is working to facilitate cooperation between all the different stakeholders to move the issue of Chemical Leasing along.”

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