This component has been primarily designed to address the barrier that manufacturers are often distrustful of standards and labels, and their objections can delay ES&L efforts or result in weakening of standards. During the Regional Stakeholder Workshop in August 2006, it was agreed that this manufacturer-related barrier is generic across the region, but must be dealt with in the context of each national economic and cultural setting. Therefore the activities will be carried out separately within each country, but with the sharing of lessons learned at the regular regional BRESL meetings being an important part of the component design. The activities under this component will include the provision of information to manufacturers on ways to improve product efficiency at modest cost; training on ways to use ES&L programs to increase profitability; and technical assistance to individual local manufacturers on these issues.
Activity 3.1: Product Technical Analysis and Reports
Activity 3.2: Educational Workshops for Manufacturers and Retailers on Impacts of Standards and Ways to Work with Standards to Increase Profitability
Activity 3.3: Market base Assistance to Manufacturers