PHNOM PENH, 30 October 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Cambodia’s ministries of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) and of Environment (MoE) today launched a project to foster low carbon development for productivity and climate adaptation through the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST) methodology.
Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project will aim to improve the efficient use of resources in over 50 companies of key manufacturing industries – such as garment, food and beverage, and ice-making factories – through the implementation of the TEST integrated approach. It will combine the transfer of technologies, policy intervention, incentive, and awareness raising to foster the greater adoption of clean, low carbon technologies.
“Climate Change affects everyone, small and medium-sized enterprises and industry must take proactive action to mitigate the negative impacts of its activities,” said Kitti Settha Pandita Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Industry and Handicraft, at the launch event. “We must adopt clean technologies, green industry principle to reduce the emissions of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and improving productivity and product quality.”
The project will also build national capacity in the area of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, Energy Efficiency/Energy Audit through the Training of Trainers program as well as through the specific tailored trainings for company’s personnel.
Eang Sophalleth, Secretary of State of the Ministry of environment, noted that: “The project provides direct support in achieving the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan vision and strategic goals in mitigating the climate change and contribute to the achievement of Cambodia’s commitment to reduce emissions of GHG by 3.1 million tonnes from the energy, manufacturing, transport, and other related industry by 2030.”
The UNIDO Country Representative in Cambodia, Sok Narin, added that: “The project is the first to be launched under the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP), which was jointly developed by UNIDO and the Royal Government of Cambodia to support the implementation of the country’s Industrial Development Policy (IDP). The project will support Cambodia toward a low carbon, knowledge-based, environmentally friendly, sustainable and inclusive industrial development and fostering a greater uptake of cleaner technologies.”
The launch gathered about 120 participants from relevant institutions, business associations and federations, the private sector and academia.
For more information, please contact:
UNIDO Country Representative in Cambodia
UNIDO Department of Environment