Green industry for low carbon growth

Thematic Context

Green Industry (GI) is a two-pronged approach for sustainable industrial development to achieve the goals of Green Economy (GE) and Green Growth (GG), leading to an economy that is carbon- and resource-efficient and less polluting. Firstly, GI, through the ‘greening of industries’ achieves on an ongoing basis reductions in the use of natural resources and generation of waste and pollution in any business. Secondly, through the ‘creation of green industries’, GI realizes the supply of high quality environmental goods and services in an effective and industrial manner. Starting in the Asian region, UNIDO is assisting countries to develop and implement GI policies and strategies, supported and informed by practical applications, including technology transfer and deployment, and investment including in the areas of cleaner production, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Regional Context

The South East Asian region as a whole has witnessed steady economic progress in particular over the past two decades. Such economic development has however not been equally spread and caused significant environmental degradation. In light of continued population pressure and foreseen impacts of climate change, in particular the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Members of the East Asia Summit (Cambodia, Lao and Myanmar) remain vulnerable and challenged to meet their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (and potentially future post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)). GI provides an opportunity to foster industrialization as engine for income and job creation, in a manner that is robust in light of foreseen climate impacts and natural resource constraints. The project originated and will be implemented under the East Asia Low Carbon Growth Partnership Dialogue, established as the suggestion of the Government of Japan under the East Asia Summit (EAS). Results and experiences will be presented and debated at upcoming partnership dialogues to encourage and foster low carbon technology transfer and collaboration among members of the EAS in support of low carbon and green growth in the EAS region.

Project Strategy

Informed by UNIDO’s past projects’ experiences this project foresees to advance GI implementation through coordinated and simultaneous efforts by government (government actions to improve policy and enabling framework) and business (business partnering and engagement in identification and implementation of specific technology, operational and management solutions to achieve GI). The project focuses on selected target sectors (GI pilots) to enrich the project findings and inform government and business interventions by specific firm- and sector-level opportunities and constraints.