15 June 2023 (Da Nang), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) held the capacity building workshop on the eco-industrial park (EIP) concept to:
- Provide a general understanding of the EIP concept and UNIDO tools to support industrial park and companies transformation to EIP/ Eco-businesses;
- Provide information about the legal framework on EIP criteria, RECP, industrial symbiosis models, examples of RECP and industrial symbiosis opportunities that have been implemented in Vietnam and in other countries;
- Provide information about regulations of the Law on Environmental Protection on Extended Producer Responsibility, Best Available Techniques, Circular Economy, and guidance on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for businesses.
The Workshop was chaired by Ms Nguyen Tram Anh, UNIDO National Technical Specialist, with the participation from 70 representatives from Da Nang Hi-Tech Park and Industrial Zone Authority (DIEPZA), industrial park service providers and tenant companies in Hoa Khanh IP.
Mr. Thai Ngoc Trung, Deputy Head of DIEPZA said that in 2021, the Peoples Committee of Da Nang City has issued the decision to develop Da Nang to become an environmental city in the period of 2021-2030. It clearly defined to have at least one eco-industrial park by 2025 and two by 2030.
At the workshop, the delegates had the opportunity to hear the presentations on EIP model according to the international framework developed by the World Bank, GIZ and UNIDO; the legal framework on EIP and related policies in Viet Nam. In addition, at the workshop, the national experts also provided detailed information on how to convert to the EIP and the eco-enterprises by implementing the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production and industrial symbiosis solutions as well as the benefits of EIP transformation and eco-enterprises. Additionally, the workshop also provided information to businesses on regulations and roadmap for implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR), GHG inventory and circular economy in accordance with the Environment Protection Law in 2020.
During the workshop, the participants expressed their interest in the topics and are willing to participate into the project.
Mr. Alessandro Flammini, Project Coordinator, UNIDO HQ shared the implementation workplan and emphasized the important role and strong commitment from businesses enabling to speed up the transition progress. In the next four months, the project will provide the technical training and guidance on RECP identification and implementation to the business. After that, the monitoring and evaluation to be conducted to assess the achived economic and environmental impacts.
From the discussion results, Ms. Nguyen Tram Anh, appreciated the strong leadership at all levels and the companionship of enterprises. This will support Hoa Khanh IP in the journey to become an eco-industrial Park.
At closing the workshop, Ms Duong Thi Thuy, DIEPZA, acknowledged the project support and emphasized that DIEPZA will coordinate with the Department of Management of Economic Zones, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and work with businesses in Hoa Khanh Industrial Park to implement RECP activities. She asked businesses to be ready in joining together with the city in the EIP transformation progress in the coming time.
Hoa Khanh Industrial Park (Da Nang) is one of the four selected IPs in the EIP transformation in Viet Nam. During the period 2016-2019, the project supported to implement 228 RECP solutions for 29 enterprises, which helped to save more than 14 billion VND/year, reduced nearly 50,000 m3 of wastewater and over 5,000 tons of CO2/year.
The workshop was organized in the framework of the project “Eco-industrial Park Intervention in Viet Nam”, implemented by UNIDO and funded by the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO).