Project eyes formation of eco-friendly industrial zones hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
A workshop was held in northern Ninh Binh province on August 6 to introduce a project to implement the eco-friendly industrial zone initiative for sustainable industrial zones (IZs) in Vietnam launched by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). 

With 4.5 million USD in funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and UNIDO, the three-year project will promote the transfer, application and dissemination of technologies and cleaner production methods to minimise hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water pollutants as well as help properly manage chemicals in IZs in Ninh Binh, Da Nang and Can Tho. 

Heinz Leuenberger, Technical Chief Consultant of the project, briefed participants on the project as well as its positive benefits. Accordingly, the project will design and approve policies and regulations on the criteria of an eco-industrial zone and increase the capacity of building and managing eco-industrial zones for IZ management offices at central and local levels. 

Participants agreed that implementing the initiative is significant to sustainable and comprehensive industrial development in Vietnam and will contribute practically to implementing the country’s green growth plan and strategy. 

According to Director of the Cleaner Production Centre under the Hanoi University of Science and Technology Tran Van Nhan, initial results of a survey conducted by the project’s expert delegation in the Khanh Phu IZ in Ninh Binh revealed that all surveyed companies are capable of transferring their production and saving 5-10 percent of energy and 10-30 percent of water.-VNA