Wednesday, 11 March 2009

International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP to hold Green Industry conference in Manila

BANGKOK, 11 March 2009 – An international conference on Green Industry in Asia, " Managing the Transition to Resource-efficient and Low Carbon Industries", will be organized by UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP in Manila from 9 to 11 September 2009.

The event will bring together policy-makers, industrialists and experts who will exchange experiences and views on policies and strategies to integrate sustainability into the industrial development process on optimizing energy, water and raw material use in the production process, and on the development of new value and supply chains around industry-related environmental goods and services. 

A preparatory meeting for the conference took place in Bangkok on 4 and 5 March. Participants agreed that UNIDO will organize a session on cleaner production, UNESCAP on sustaining growth and competitiveness, and UNEP on eco-friendly products and environmental services.

The green industry initiative focuses on raising awareness, knowledge and the capacities of the relevant industry support institutions and government bodies, so that they in turn can give the necessary assistance to their enterprises. The initiative will help industry support institutions and government bodies promote low-carbon paths to industrial development, efficient use of non-energy raw materials, and will assist to recycle industrial and non-industrial wastes as a substitute to virgin raw materials. It will also help adopt products and technologies to meet international commitments or environmental standards in the global markets, and adopt environmental and related management systems as a requirement to enter into global value chains.

For more information, please contact:

Heinz Leuenberger
UNIDO Environment Management Branch
Tel.: +43 1 26026 5611

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