Policy reports

As part of the policy component of the ACIDLOOP project, the project consortium has implemented several policy dialogue rounds with policy actors. The goal of these dialogues has been to exchange views on the role that policy and the environmental authorities can play in supporting MSMEs in the metal finishing sector in improving their resource efficiency.

As outcome of the first rounds of policy dialogue and in preparation to the second round, the project consortium had prepared a policy report on the role of technology transfer in the Indian metal finishing sector. It had been a result of the first dialogue that there is a mismatch and communication gap between some of the work done by research institution in the field of metal finishing and the technology needs of metal finishing MSMEs. The policy report targeted this issue, analysed the perceived mismatch or gap and came up with several recommendations on how to improve the technology transfer between research institutions and MSMEs in the Indian metal finishing sector.

Based on this report, the project team developed a shorter policy brief that summarised the findings of the report and presented the recommendations that were derived from the study. This policy brief was then discussed among a broad set of actors in the second round of policy dialogue. The inputs collected from the stakeholder during this event were then incorporated in a revised version of the policy brief.

The policy report and the policy brief can be downloaded below:

Report logo                ACIDLOOP Policy Report - Spurring Innovation and Technology Transfer in the Indian Metal Finishing Sector
                       Published: 2014-12-15
  The ACIDLOOP Policy Report analyses the barriers preventing a successful technology transfer between research institutions and Indian metal finishing SMEs. Based on this analysis recommendations are presented on how to improve the policy framework for technology transfer.



 Report logo    ACIDLOOP Policy Brief- Technology Transfer and Applied R&D in the Indian Metal Finishing Sector
                     Published: 2014-12-15
  The ACIDLOOP  Polciy Brief summarises the main findings of the policy report. The recommendations from the policy report have been discussed with policy stakehoders during a policy dialogue. The recommendations presented in the Policy Brief are thus a further development of the recommendations given in the Policy Report.


ACIDLOOP is a 4-year project (2012-2016) supported by the European Union (EU) under the SWITCH Asia Programme. This programme emphasizes sustainable consumption and production in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). ACIDLOOP is targeted specifically at the Indian metal finishing industry.  It aims to introduce technology innovation for acid recovery as well as resource efficiency that would lead to improved environmental quality and combat pollution.  The activities is taking place in various locations in northern, western and southern India.


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