Sustainable production through market penetration of closed loop technologies in the metal finishing industry

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The overall objectives of the project are (a) improved urban environmental quality in the urban regions of the project, (b) improved living conditions in the target regions, and (c) improved production technologies. The cities where the project is implemented are Delhi NCR, Chandigarh and Mohali, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Pune and Chennai.

Specifically the 4-year action has started deploying technology innovation as well as resource efficiency in the metal finishing companies (SMEs) that is already leading to improved environmental quality and lower pollution through advanced water treatment measures and energy efficient processes.

The project will also contribute to:

  • Enhance Innovation: Implementation of technology innovation and resource efficiency by enhancing the rate and scale of innovation by Indian companies.
  • Enhance Competitiveness: Sustainable Production in the metal finishing industry will help to reduce risks and reduce costs, to increase options, to gain customers and to propel the company towards global competitiveness.


Duration: 2/2012 - 1/2016

Total budget: EUR 2,395,069.59 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Mrs. Malini Balakrishnan
Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road
110 003 New Delhi

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
is the lead applicant of the project and will be involved in identifying local industrial needs and facilitating the participation of these industries in the training workshops for sustainable production, the demonstration system installations and visits
adelphi adelphi
is a leading independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, environment and development. adelphi was responsible for the implementation of policy dialogues and activities related to RECP- nancing.
Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)
is a non- stock non-pro t organization whose primary focus is to increase environmental protection among the public and the business sector as well as to increase business cooperation and networking. ASSIST was responsible for the project activities in the South, i.e. Chennai.
Austria Recycling Verein zur Förderung von Recycling und Umweltschutz in Österreich (AREC) Austria Recycling Verein zur Förderung von Recycling und Umweltschutz in Österreich (AREC)
has worked actively with galvanizing companies involving zero emission retro tting projects and has more than 15 years of experience in SME consulting in Europe and many parts of Asia. AREC was responsible for the development and implementation of trainings on RECP as well as individual company consultations on RECP potentials and evaluation of nal results.
VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI) VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH (BFI)
is a leading European provider of application- focused R&D in the eld of steelmaking technology. BFI was responsible for the development, installation and maintenance of the three acid regeneration and water recovery plants as well as the linkages to technology suppliers.
STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Society STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Society
is a training and consultancy organisation, registered in Gurgaon, India since 2007. It has extensive experience in promoting sustainable development at enterprises (in India, Nepal and Bhutan) through the Resource Ef ciency approach. STENUM Asia was overall responsible for the on-site consulting at MSMEs across project locations and for project activities in the North, i.e. Faridabad, Gurgaon and Chandigarh-Mohali.
Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)
is an industry body representing 38 leading vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India and works closely with all the concerned stakeholders to actively formulate rules, regulations and policies related to the automotive industry. SIAM was responsible for establishing linkages to customers from the automotive sector of the metal nishing companies
ACIDLOOP Impact Sheet ACIDLOOP Impact Sheet
This final project publication provides information about the project's economic, environmental and social impacts, it's target groups and policy development. The project finished in January 2016 and supported SMEs in reducing their resource use by up to 33%.

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ACIDLOOP Project Final Brochure (2016)

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ACIDLOOP Project Presentation (2012)

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