Titled “Green Industry for Sustainable Cities”, the fourth Green Industry Conference (GIC) took place in Ulsan, Republic of Korea from 28 to 30 June. The conference was jointly organized by Ulsan Metropolitan City and UNIDO, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, the Small and Medium Business Administration, the Korea Energy Agency, the National Research Council of Science and Technology and the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group.
It brought together around 400 participants, including high-level government officials, representatives of the private sector, industry associations, academia and civil society – to explore the interdependence between industry and cities in the context of resource efficiency, green technology and eco-innovation. Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference with a video message, remarking that “Cities are going to play a pivotal part in making [the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] a reality”.
The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos, reiterated the vital role of green industry for the achievement of sustainable urban development to be promoted at the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October.
The conference began with two days of panels and plenaries in which participants discussed topics ranging from low-carbon transport and energy, the circular economy, and the Korean green strategy in urban industrial areas. Afterwards, participants presented the Ulsan Statement which will serve as a reference document for future discussion on city-level green industry initiatives.
The third day of the conference saw 140 participants going on field visits to state-of-the-art manufacturing sites including Hyundai Heavy Industry, SK Energy, and Ulsan Hydrogen Town in the city of Ulsan, the industrial powerhouse of Korea and a model for eco-industrial parks. The Mayor of Ulsan Metropolitan City, Kim Gi-hyeon, expressed the city’s eagerness to learn from other countries and share Ulsan’s experience with green industry and sustainable growth.
Several partnership agreements were sealed at the conference. UNIDO signed memorandums of understanding respectively with the National Research Council of Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea to establish and expand scientific and technological research cooperation, and with the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group to promote cleaner production and resource efficiency. In addition, UNIDO and the University of Ulsan signed a joint declaration to enhance their past successful cooperation in the area of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, with a particular focus on eco-industrial park development and eco-friendly urbanization.
Summary of key points
High-level panel: Green Industry for Sustainable Cities
Plenary 1: The Korean Green Growth Strategy in Ulsan Industrial Areas- The Ulsan Experience
Plenary 2: Low-Carbon Transport and Energy for Sustainable Cities
Plenary 3: Introduction to Green Industry and the Circular Economy
Plenary 4: Towards a Green Industry Index
Plenary 5: Science Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Cities
The third Green Industry Conference was held in Guangzhou, China, from 7 to 9 November 2013. The two and a half-day event, under the theme "Promoting the rapid uptake of green industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems", was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and UNIDO.
The Conference highlighted both success stories and outstanding policy challenges. Participants included high-level government officials, representatives of the private sector, and academic and civil society experts in the field of Green Industry. It showcased and assessed concrete examples of the application of green industry concepts to manufacturing processes. The innovative management and technology approaches presented demonstrated the commercial viability of applying green policies and practices and explored specific challenges and opportunities for different sectors and regions.
The second Green Industry Conference was held in Tokyo, Japan, from 16 to 18 November 2011. The conference is a follow-up to the Asian Green Industry Conference held in the Philippines in 2009 and aims to scale-up and mainstream green industry policies, methods and techniques. The three-day event was organized by the Government of Japan through its Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UNIDO.
Some 500 participants representing countries predominantly from within the Asia and Pacific region gathered in Tokyo to discuss Green Industry progress: the application of environmental and resource conservation techniques and practices to the benefit of business, the environment and climate, new job creation, as well as for communities and consumers.
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The first Green Industry Conference was held in Manila, Philippines, from 9 to 11 November. The three-day event, under the theme “Managing the Transition to Resource-Efficient and Low-Carbon Industries”, brought together some 1,000 decision makers, business leaders and experts. It was hosted by the Philippines Government in cooperation with UNIDO, the UN Environment Programme and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
The conference endorsed the Manila Declaration on Green Industry in Asia that outlines the steps needed to reduce the resource intensity and greenhouse gas emissions of industries in Asia and track progress towards a low-carbon industrial future.
Manila Conference on green industry in Asia: Play Video
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