HANOI, 17 October 2014 – Converting existing economic zones in Viet Nam into environmentally sustainable industrial zones is the aim of a new project launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
With USD 4,5 million of funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the three-year project will promote the transfer, application and dissemination of technologies and cleaner production methods that help minimize hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water pollutants, and help properly manage chemicals in industrial zones in the cities and/or provinces of Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, and Can Tho.
The project, "Implementation of the eco-industrial park initiative for sustainable industrial zones in Viet Nam", is supported by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. It was officially approved by the Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, as part of the National Strategy on Green Growth.
“In recent years, economic zones have positively contributed to the socio-economic development of Viet Nam,” said Jerome Stucki, who manages the UNIDO project.
“Yet the rapid development of such economic zones has brought about a number of challenges for the environment. A new development model is needed, one that is sustainable and friendly towards the environment and the local communities.”
The project is expected to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 182,000 tons a year, reduce waste water by six million cubic metres per year, and ensure that the quality of wastewater reaches international standards.
Stucki added that UNIDO’s approach is based on inclusive and sustainable industrial development, which foresees sustainable and efficient use of resources and energy. “The eco-industrial model is very important for the development of Viet Nam. UNIDO and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, as well as all concerned agencies in Viet Nam, agree that the outcome of the project will serve as an example for state management agencies and donors to replicate throughout the country,” he said.
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