09 03 2023

2nd Steering Committee meeting of the project “Eco-Industrial Park Intervention in Viet Nam”

Hanoi, 9 March 2023 - Today, the project steering committee reviewed implementation in 2022 and put forth the workplan until the end date of April 2024.

The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Ms Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, and saw the participation of Mr Werner Gruber, Head of Cooperation of SECO; Ms Le Thi Thanh Thao, Country Representative of UNIDO Vietnam, and representatives from Ministries of Planning and Investment, Industry and Trade, Finance, Science and Technology; Management Boards of industrial parks and economic zones; industrial park investors in the selected provinces. 

Ms Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc stated that the project has contributed to the replication of the eco-industrial park model in Vietnam, in line with the National Green Growth Strategy for 2021-2030 with a vision to 2050, Vietnams commitment to the implementation of SDGs to 2030, net zero emissions commitment by 2050 at the COP26, Circular economy development project in Vietnam. She emphasized that “In the coming time, it is proposed that the relevant parties continue to spread technical and financial support to many industrial parks at different levels; develop an information system to support the evaluation, certification, monitoring and supervision of the eco-industrial park; building a mechanism for public-private dialogue to remove obstacles and speed up the implementation of eco-industrial parks; capacity building and communication activities on eco-industrial parks in line with the Governments orientation of green growth and circular economy".

Speaking about the important role of the stakeholders in transforming to EIPs in Vietnam, Mr Werner Gruber, Head of Cooperation of SECO, said that “Switzerland believes that the transformation and development of eco-industrial parks is the first solution for zero carbon in Vietnam. Vietnam already has strategies and policies for this issue. However, the upcoming challenge is to put policies into practice, especially technological solutions, the commitment to green investment of the private sector, legal and technical aspects such as: wastewater management, renewable energy, solid waste management, promotion of circular economy”.

Ms Le Thi Thanh Thao, Country Representative of UNIDO Vietnam, highly appreciated the importance given by the Vietnamese Government to the EIP development and the longstanding collaboration with MPI: “It is the good opportunity to hear from government representatives and private sector. The insights received today will help us, as the project implementing agency, in ensuring that our strategic approach to make progress with significant and impactful results towards sustainable industrial development, which goes hand in hand with reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental protection”.

As of 2022, the Project has achieved significant results:

»  Organized 30 online and offline trainings and workshops for more than 1,200 people for awareness raising and capacity building as well as domestic and international experience sharing for localities, IP Authorities and companies;

»  Developed communication strategies and activities through workshops, training, website, 144 news and articles on the public media to share relevant information about the projects activities and results; designing communication products for the Project; Participated and shared experience at many international EIP forums;

»  Supported tenant companies to identify RECP opportunities, specifically proposed 396 RECP solutions for 51 tenant companies in 3 IPs, which are expected to save VND 85.5 billion/year and reduce 28,823 tons of CO2 equivalent/year.

»  Supported to identify 61 industrial symbiosis and urban industrial symbiosis options for Hiep Phuoc IP (Ho Chi Minh City), Amata IP (Dong Nai) and Dinh Vu IP (Hai Phong).

The project steering committee members expressed their commitment to support the project and approved the project’s work plan. All participants expressed thanks to the Government of Switzerland for the financial support and for their commitment to contribute to a sustainable growth of the Vietnamese industry, including by enhancing the policy framework of Vietnam. The project will focus on developing policies and building guidelines on eco-industrial park development and a database on the eco-industrial parks this year.

Agenda of the event