HO CHI MIN CITY, 9 November 2018 – Viet Nam’s Ministry of Planning and Investments (MPI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have organized an expert group meeting on the opportunities, challenges and barriers in relation to the development of eco-industrial parks (EIP) in Viet Nam.
The event was held in the context of a UNIDO project supported by the Government of Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The project aims to tackle the issue of unsustainable industrial growth in the country by implementing EIPs. Specifically, the environmental, economic and social performances of industrial activities will be enhanced by the introduction of innovative clean and low-carbon technologies and practices in industries – including industrial symbiosis activities.
The expert group meeting – the second in the life of the project – gathered more than 140 participants including representatives from the national government, local authorities, research and academia, international development organizations and banks, as well park managers and private companies operating in industrial parks. The aim was to reach a common understanding of EIP developments in Viet Nam and to coordinate efforts among stakeholders.
Tran Duy Dong, Director General of MPI’s Department for Local and Regional Economy, said that 72 enterprises in three industrial zones had been supported over three years of implementation, helping save VND 70 billion (more than US$3m) by reducing the amount of waste going into the environment.
The implementation of EIPs offers many opportunities, but faces constraints in the form of Vietnamese legislation. Tran Duy Dong noted that the event was very timely in relation to the national process to define clear policy and regulations for EIPs, since Decree 82 on industrial parks – approved in 2018 with support from UNIDO – already provides a good legal baseline for their implementation in Vietnam.
The event included thematic sessions on various topics, namely: policy and guidelines for eco-industrial parks in Viet Nam; private sector and eco-industrial park initiatives; eco-industrial park planning and management; industrial symbiosis and sustainable cities; and resource efficiency and sustainable energy for eco-industrial parks.
“Switzerland is proud to support Viet Nam greening its industry and the Vietnamese Green Growth Strategy,” said Beatrice Maser Mallor, Swiss Ambassador to Viet Nam. “Viet Nam is in an important transition process and we appreciate the country’s effort to transform the EIP concept into a reality.”
Smail Alhilali, Chief of UNIDO’s Emerging Compliance Regime Division, noted that “since 2012, UNIDO has been supporting the development of 15 eco-industrial parks in seven countries around the world, providing significant environmental, economic and social benefits to more than 200 companies. This work will be scaled up over the next years through the Global EIP Programme, also thanks to the kind support of Switzerland, and the cooperation with international organizations such as GIZ and the World Bank.”
MPI and UNIDO are currently working on the definition of national technical guidelines for EIPs, including minimum standards.
Find out more about the event here.
Find out more about UNIDO’s work on EIPs here.
Publication: Implementation Handbook for Eco-Industrial Parks
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UNIDO Emerging Compliance Regimes Division