Beginning of October, Bangkok hosted two important events focused on sustainable industries: the final workshop of the global UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) programme, and the Green Industry Conference. Both events highlighted the importance of developing eco-industrial parks (EIP) to improve resource efficiency and sustainability, especially in industrialising economies.
To support this development, practical tools have been developed, like the Implementation Handbook for Eco-industrial Parks, published by UNIDO and reviewed by Prof. Suren Erkman, chairman of Sofies. Also, UNIDO, World Bank Group and GIZ jointly published an International Framework for EIP, that aims to set international standards and promote EIP worldwide. On the field, this framework is being currently implemented in Vietnam by Sofies and its partner VNCPC in a World Bank Group (IFC) project.
All these initiatives and tools are a great step forward to mainstream EIP as the international standard for industrial development!