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Inception of Project "Implementation of eco-industrial park initiative for sustainable industrial zones in Vietnam”
Updated: 11/11/2014 9:02:27 AM GMT + 7
Deputy Minister Nguyen The Phuong speaking at the Workshop openning. Photo: Thanh Son (MPI Portal)
Deputy Minister Nguyen The Phuong speaking at the Workshop openning. Photo: Thanh Son (MPI Portal)

(MPI Portal) – On October 17th 2014, in Hanoi, Ministry of Planning and Investment in coordination with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) officially launched Project "Implementation of eco-industrial park initiative for sustainable industrial zones in Vietnam” with US$ 53.229.265 of total investment capital.

(MPI Portal) – On October 17th 2014, in Hanoi, Ministry of Planning and Investment in coordination with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) officially launched Project "Implementation of eco-industrial park initiative for sustainable industrial zones in Vietnam” with US$ 53.229.265 of total investment capital.
Therefore, transfering IZ model towards eco-industrialzone (EIZ), sustainable environment and saving, effective use of resources, energy is a general trend in the world. In order to facilitate industrial development sustainably and friendly with environment, on August 28th2014, the Prime Minister approved the Project "Implementation of eco-industrial park initiative for sustainable industrial zones in Vietnam” in his Decision No. 1526/QD-TTgwith an aim to promote the transfer, application, and dissemination of technologies and cleaner production methods so as to minimize hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emission as well as water pollutants and to properly manage chemicals in industrial zones of Viet Nam. The project will be implemented over a period of 36 months in the cities/provinces of Ninh Binh, Da Nang, and Can Tho.

Mr. Patrick Jean Gilabert, UNIDO Representative in Vietnam. Photo: Thanh Son (MPI Portal)
Mr. Patrick Jean Gilabert, UNIDO Representative said that the Project is established to create lasting impact by promoting methods of sustainable and inclusive industrial production in IZs through cooperation between companies in the fields such as improvement of energy systems, waste management, reduction of water flow, IZ management. With close cooperation, UNIDO mobilized US$ 4,554,000 of the non-refundable aid from Global Environment Fund (GEF), Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); the counterpart contribution from the Ministry of Planning and Investment is US$ 108,000 USD; the in-kind co-financing from Vietnamese implementing partners and UNIDO is US$ 38,797,265; the potential co-financing in cash and preferential credit for technological innovation activities of enterprises is US$ 9,770,000 from the Green Credit Fund (GTCF) of SECO, the Vietnam Environment Protection Fund, and the Vietnam Development Bank.The co-financing from the concerned agencies will be contributed through projects and programs currently implemented in Viet Nam, not provided directly to this project.
 

Presenting this Project, Mr. Heinz Leuenberger,Director of the Environmental Management Branchof UNIDO showed the relation between GDP growth and consumption of resources, which affects negatively environment and greenhouse gas emission.Over the recent years the system of IZs has positively contributed to socio-economic development of Viet Nam. The development of IZs at high speed has caused a number of challenges to the environment, requiring the establishment of a new development model which is more sustainable and friendly towards the eco-environment and its surrounding communities.

With its six main components, the project is expected to achieve the following main outcomes: policies and guidelines to meet the criteria of anEIZ in related fields; to strengthen capacity in EIZ planning and management for EIZ management agencies at central and local levels, to increase the technical competence of state management agencies in charge of EZs and enterprises situated in EZs fortransfer of technologies and application of clean and low-carbon technologies as well as safe and resource-efficient production methods; to identify at least 45 potential enterprises in EZs in Ninh Binh, Da Nang and Can Tho that are capable of participating in applying clean and resource-efficient technologies; implementing, on a pilot basis, projects on conversion into EIZs; and increasing community awareness about EIZ development. The Project will help reduce greenhouse gas emission by about 182,000 tons/year; reduce waste water by 6 million m3/year; and ensure that the quality of waste water reaches the international standards.
Photo: Thanh Son (MPI Portal)
When industrial development is oriented environmental sustainability and efficient use of resources, energy is the common and modern development trend in many countries in the world, the EIZ model is significant for sustainable industrial development in Viet Nam. The Ministry of Planning and Investment, UNIDO, and concerned agencies of Viet Nam expect that the project outcomes will form the foundation for state management agencies and donors to continue replicating the EIZ model throughout the country./.
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