BANGKOK, 5 March 2012 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched its flagship publication, the Industrial Development Report in Bangkok today.
The report, titled “Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation: Capturing Environmental, Economic and Social Dividends”, is UNIDO’s contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The initiative aims to achieve by 2030 three inter-linked targets: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy supply.
UNIDO Managing Director, Wilfried Luetkenhorst, said that the Organization’s contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All campaign was in line with its mandate to promote industrial energy-efficiency, its potential, its economic rationale, successful applications in a developing country context, as well as the impediments and the required policies and incentives to push investment and innovation in this direction.
The high-level event was organized together with the Ministry of Industry of Thailand. It also includeda panel discussion attended by senior policy makers and representatives of the private sector from Thailand, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philipines, as well as academia, the diplomatic corps.
Thailands Minister of Industry’, Pongsvas Svasti, said: “The need to strengthen local and regional partnerships involving public and private sectors is key for promoting energy efficiency in a sustainable manner.” Other panelists stressed the importance of UNIDO’s role in facilitating these partnerships as well as building linkages among the different players in promoting industrial energy efficiency in the developing countries.
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