Director General of the United Nations Industrial Organization speaks about "Green Industry" in Viet Nam

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Dr. Yumkella speaking to students at Hanoi Univ. of TechnologyHa Noi, 9 September, 2009 - Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director General of UNIDO and Chair of UN-Energy, is visiting Viet Nam this week (5-8 September) to speak about "green industry" issues such as cleaner production, energy efficiency and sustainable waste management with Government officials, UN colleagues, and students.

On 7 September Dr Yumkella gave a presentation and took questions at the Hanoi University of Technology on the topic of “Green Industry for a Low-Carbon Future”. Up to 800 people, most of them students from various universities in Ha Noi, were actively engaged in the discussion, focusing on measures to green industry while maintaining economic growth.

"Industry accounts for 65 per cent of the global growth in greenhouse gas emissions, so we need to make industry more “green” to maintain sustainable growth, in particular in rapidly growing countries like Viet Nam,” said Dr. Yumkella.


For Viet Nam to build a low-carbon future, Dr. Yumkella highlighted the need to focus on four areas: policy frame work; specific sector strategies that also involve private sector; capacity building; and the treatment of solid and liquid waste and support for companies to have environment-friendly products and increase their competitiveness on the world market.

“Financial incentives should be given to enterprises to transfer and apply technology for a green industry,” he said.  He also emphasized the importance of water optimization, energy efficiency and reduction of material intensity.

Dr Yumkella called on Viet Nam to build a policy mechanism that encourages enterprises and citizens to save energy in their production and daily life. He noted: “The amount of discharged carbon would be reduced by up to 50 per cent from energy saving”.

He also met with the Prime Minister and the vice ministers of MOFA, MPI, and MOIT during his stay in Ha Noi.

Dr. Yumkella has over 20 years experience in international development cooperation and has provided leadership in sustainable industrial development, renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation. He was the Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises, Republic of Sierra Leone in 1994-1995.   

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