Promoting the rapid uptake of green industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems
The third Green Industry Conference (GIC) was held in Guangzhou, China, from 7 to 9 November 2013. The two and a half-day event was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The Green Industry Conference 2013 highlighted both success stories and outstanding policy challenges. Participants included high-level government officials, representatives of the private sector, and academic and civil society experts in the field of Green Industry.
The Conference showcased and assessed concrete examples of the application of green industry concepts to manufacturing processes. The innovative management and technology approaches presented demonstrated the commercial viability of applying green policies and practices and explored specific challenges and opportunities for different sectors and regions.
The discussions, which were guided by the presentations of over 80 speakers, were at times lively and showed expressed commitment to the policies and principles of Green Industry. The Conference also provided a platform for the participants to network, exchange success stories and learn of new initiatives and projects relevant to the implementation of Green Industry measures at country level.
The GIC 2013 reaffirmed the importance of Green Industry in meeting growing sustainability challenges. The rich discussion stressed the need for inter-sectoral cooperation, active partnership among stakeholders and the creation of a level playing field for all enterprises. Participants agreed on the importance of scaling up investments for Green Industry, as well as the replication of known good practices and monitoring towards Green Industry targets using appropriate indicators. The Conference reaffirmed the significance of the Green Industry Platform in promoting partnership and cooperation for concerted action on those central concerns.
As a concrete outcome of the Conference UNIDO will engage with governments, business associations and enterprises to promote the particular interest of women in Green Industry and create a women-in-green-industry network in the framework of the Green Industry Platform.
Photos of the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unido/sets/72157637630041725/
For more information, please contact the Green Industry Conference 2013 Secretariat: email