The NCPCs/NCPP have started to collaborate regionally to capture knowledge, share information and resources, and foster learning. In Latin America, CPLatinNet has been created to bring together cleaner production centres that had been established under the UNIDO-UNEP Programme and through other bilateral initiatives. Twelve countries participate and have implemented joint activities. A key element is the knowledge management system, developed with funding support from the Governments of Switzerland and Austria, which provides easy access to CP expertise in the region (http://www.produccionmaslimpia-la.net/).
In Africa, NCPCs lead the process of regional institutionalization of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The NCPCs have been instrumental in the creation of the Africa Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP). The Cleaner Production Centre of Tanzania provides its executive secretariat. The ARSCP developed the African 10 Year Framework Programme on SCP, which was approved by the African Ministerial Council on Environment (AMCEM). This includes activities in four priority areas: energy; water and sanitation; habitat and sustainable urban development; and industrial development. Furthermore, the NCPCs in Egypt and Mozambique have developed pilot SCP plans for cities.
Similarly, NCPCs in Asia supported and facilitated the Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP). Furthermore, NPCPs and other institutions in nine Asian countries collaborated in a three year project that demonstrated the application of CP methods for achieving energy savings and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions in five sectors: pulp and paper; cement; iron and steel; chemicals and ceramics. The GHG emission reductions were verified for 38 demonstration plants and cumulated to just over 1 million ton CO2-eq per annum ( www.energyefficiencyasia.org ).