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International Conference on Green Industry in Asia:
“Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries”

9-11 September 2009 | Manila, the Philippines

The Government of the Philippines, UNIDO, UNEP, ESCAP

International Conference on Green Industry in Asia: “Managing the transition to resource-efficient and low-carbon industries”
Highlights for Friday, 11 September 2009


Delegates to the the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia met in four technical sessions to discuss: the state of industrial resource efficiency in Asia; new opportunities in Asia; reducing the resource intensity of industrial processes; and moving to low-carbon industrial processes.

High-level Plenary:
 

 

Delegates from the High-level plenary with H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
 
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L-R: Alberto Romulo, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Jose Atienza, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Kandeh Yumkella, Director General, UNIDO and Jacqueline Badcock, UN Resident Coordinator.
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Jose Atienza, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines, opened the High-Level Plenary by submitting the Manila Declaration to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Phillipines.

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Reading a message from Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Jacqui Badcock, UN Resident Representative, the Philippines, underscored that green industry is at the “heart of our hopes for the future,” and that the Asia Pacific region can play a leading role in this.
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President Macapagal-Arroyo, called on industrialized countries to table firm targets at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen for reducing emissions, and to assist developing countries in setting and reaching targets.
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Delegates from the DENR.
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Delegates from UNIDO.
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Technical Sessions:
 
ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: Promoting the Energy and Environmental Services Sector:
 
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Girish Sethi, Director, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India outlined approaches for promoting environmental goods and services (EG&S) in Asia, with a focus on resource and energy efficiency services.

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Girish Sethi, TERI
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Shun Fung Chiu, Chairman, Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, Philippines
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Han Wei, China Standard Certification Center, outlined the role of lighting products in China.
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Wei Zhao, Team Leader, SWITCH Asia Network Facility, presented on greening the SME resource efficiency service sector.

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Anna-Bella Siriban-Manalang, Director, Centre for Lean Systems, the Philippines, presented on the issues and challenges in promoting energy and environmental services, and highlighted the importance of upstream and downstream decoupling.
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Eco-Friendly Products:
 
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L-R: Sung-Sik Moon, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute and Philine Bracht, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Akira Kataoka, International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN), Japan, outlined the work of the IGPN including promoting the development of environmentally friendly products and services.

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MOVING INTO THE FUTURE: Green Decent Jobs for Green Growth:
 
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Ludovico Alcorta, Director, Research and Statistics Branch, UNIDO, stated that for economic growth to resume, a fundamental innovation paradigm shift was needed.
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Cynthia Cruz, Executive Director, Institute for Labor Studies, the Philippines, noted a number of transition scenarios towards a green economy, and emphasized that training of workers will be necessary for skills to be available.
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Closing ceremonies:
 
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Representatives from the Philippines, UNIDO and UNEP made closing statements and commented on the successful conclusion of the meeting.

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Chichi Robles, conference master of ceremonies.
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