Thursday, 31 October 2013

Clean Technologies for Green Industry Solution Exchange Forum held at Global South-South Development Expo 2013

VIENNA, 31 October 2013 - A Clean Technologies for Green Industry Solution Exchange Forum took place on 29 October 2013 as part of the Sixth Global South-South Development Expo 2013 held at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Clean technologies for green industry include those which help alleviate pressure on natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental management, while also contributing to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods. The forum showcased solutions which have been successfully implemented in developing countries, emphasizing Southern-grown technologies, as well as South-South, North-South-South triangular, and public–private partnership modalities.

The Forum was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In his keynote presentation, Heinz Leuenberger, Director of the UNIDO’s Environmental Management Branch, explained the case for South-South solutions to clean tech for green industry. He noted that in achieving the greening of industries in developing countries and emerging economies, access to clean technologies by industry is important for improving environmental performance and contributing to socio-economic development. However, he added that for results to be sustainable such technology transfer had to be accompanied by capacity building, knowledge management and networking. In this context, he said that the experience of other countries from the Global South was key to  tapping the existing potential for resource efficiency in developing countries.

During the two-and-half-hour-long forum, panellists presented case studies of technology transfer via the South-South mechanism, building capacity of Southern institutions, the creation of networks and promotion of knowledge management, and rural electrification. The results of the South-South and triangular solutions presented came from 13 countries. Solutions touched on a variety of different sectors, including residential air-conditioning, brick-making, rice-milling, food-processing, tanneries and textiles and presented different technologies, including renewables and alternative sources of energy/waste-to-energy, resource efficiency and the use of substitutes for Ozone Depleting Substances.

The Forum was attended by more than 150 delegates from around the world. 

For more information please contact:

Heinz Leuenberger
Director, Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO
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Weixi Gong
Senior Coordinator, South-South Cooperation, UNIDO
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