The Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre (KNCPC) was established in July 2000 as part of the global UNEP/UNIDO National Cleaner Production Centre program. It was a Project of the Government of Kenya under the UNDP/GoK Country Co-operation Framework (CCF) of 1999-2003. The Government counterpart support is provided through the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI). The Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre program formed part of the Government of Kenya’s Natural Resources Program Support Document (PSD) with UNDP. The then Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources housed the PSD program management secretariat and was the executing agency.
The Project Support Document (PSD) was formulated to enhance regional and international cooperation and was based on five national policy building blocks. These were; the National Environment Action Plan (1994), the National Poverty Eradication Plan (1997), the draft Sessional paper on Environment and Development (1997) and the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (1999). The program supported Kenya in the management, protection, regeneration and use of its environment and natural resources with a focus on the integration of environment with economic activities within the overall sustainable development and poverty eradication strategy.
The Centre was transformed into a Trust under the then Ministry of Trade and Industry in August 2006. Like all other Centres, KNCPC is expected to become a self-sustaining entity in the long term raising funds from donors and Government to support SMEs.