VNCPC participated in a workshop to introduce guidelines on ecological industrial zones

On December 21, in Ho Chi Minh City, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) jointly organized a workshop to introduce technical guidelines: Implementation of Ecological industrial zones.

The workshop attracted the participation of 40 delegates from industrial parks and related units. Especially the presence and speech at the opening ceremony of Mr. Navneet Chadha, Head of IFC’s Asia-Pacific Resource Efficiency Division, Ms. Vuong Minh Hieu – Representative of Economic Zone Management (Ministry of Planning and Investment).

Ms. Vuong Minh Hieu – Representative of Economic Zone Management Department (Ministry of Planning and Investment)

Ecological industrial zone: inevitable trend

By the end of 2017, Vietnam had 326 industrial parks (IPs), industrial parks played an important role in attracting foreign investment, export growth, contributing to GDP and creating jobs.

But industrial parks also consume resources and generate a lot of waste, causing negative impacts on the environment and the community. The ecological industrial zone is increasingly recognized as an effective tool to help the industrial park develop sustainably.

Ms. Vu Tuong Anh – Representative of International Finance Corporaton (IFC)

In essence, ecological industrial zone are IPs in which the community of manufacturing enterprises and infrastructure service providers interact with each other on efficient use of resources, creating an industrial symbiosis network to minimize generate waste to increase economic, environmental and social efficiency for the whole community.

Three basic elements of IPs include: environmental management; resource efficiency, cleaner production in each enterprise in the IPs and industrial symbiosis networks between enterprises and green infrastructure of the IPs. The ecological industrial zone model has been successfully implemented in many countries such as China, Korea, Japan, America, Australia and many European countries.

Industrial symbiosis in ecological industrial zone “key” of sustainable development

Recently, the Government Decree 82/2018/ND-CP issued on May 22, 2018 on the Management of Industrial Zones and Economic Zones, clearly stating the objectives of developing ecological industrial parks and incentive policies. development of industrial zones and criteria for determining IPs in Vietnam. The implementation of IPs in the direction of IPs will contribute to the implementation of Vietnam’s Green Growth Strategy.

IFC has cooperated with the Ministry of Planning and Investment to study and develop technical guidelines on IPs in order to provide the necessary criteria and steps for industrial parks in Vietnam to become IPs.

Mr. Le Xuan Thinh – Director of Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co.Ltd (VNCPC) presented at the workshop.

This technical guide also shows ecological opportunities and solutions for industrial parks in Vietnam. Opportunities for waste symbiosis, recycling recycling are an environmentally effective solution, while creating new business opportunities.

Specifically, an industrial zone that recycles waste water for use in production can reduce up to 40% of that industrial wastewater discharged into the environment, as well as reduce input water costs.

Similarly, the opportunity to recover waste heat to produce hot water and steam for factories in the industrial park has the potential to reduce the use of 20-40% of fuel in an industrial park. The solution of industrial symbiosis in IPs is also one of the tools to practice “economic circulation” for sustainable development.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I am very grateful and fortunate to have you as VNCPC’s partner. On the occasion of Christmas and New Year season, I would like to express my sincere thanks and warmest greetings to you and the family.

Best regards,

Le Xuan Thinh – Director

Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre Co.Ltd

VNCPC participated in the kick-off session of the Component for Services and Techniques for Pilot Recycling Technologies in two craft villages

On November 6th, 2018, at the Vietnam Environment Administration (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), the Project Management Board held a kick-off meeting to provide a service and technology component for plastics recycling technology in two craft villages in Hung Yen. The meeting aimed to unify the contents, implementation plan and activities of coordinating and managing the products of the bidding package.

This is a package under Component 3 of the “Implementing Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) project in outdoor combustion to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The project is a practical action to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Around the world, five countries – Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, the Philippines and Vietnam are selected by UNIDO.

The project is a practical action to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

This package was co-chaired by Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co.Ltd (VNCPC) and its partners Vinacolour Co. Ltd., Viet Trung Environmental Technology Co. Ltd in two plastic recycling villages Minh Khai and Phan Boi (Hung Yen), during 2 years (2018 – 2020).

The purpose of the tender package is to survey, feasibility study, identify and apply BAT/BEP solution to improve the production process, reduce the amount of waste generated in the production process while reducing emissions. Non-destructive organic pollutants (UPOPs) due to plastic waste burning activities.

Main activities of the project include:

Survey and evaluate the current status of plastic recycling technology in two craft villages

  • Proposed BAT/BEP solutions
  • Training and technology transfer for households
  • Installing and testing two new technological lines in two craft villages
  • Installation and testing of waste plastic recycling line to create useful products such as brick, plastic tile, plastic fence, tray, plastic tray, …
  • Measurement and analysis of economic and environmental efficiency before and after project implementation.


The Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam had a working session with VNCPC and partners in the Low Carbon Project

Ms Beatrice Maser Mallor, Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) had a working session with VNCPC and partners in Buon Ma Thuot city (Dak Lak), on november 7th, who implemented the project “Reducing industrial waste for a low carbon production” (Low carbon).

The project is funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) through UNIDO, with the overall aim of improving the local environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and bringing economic benefits to businesses.

Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co.Ltd. (VNCPC), SOFIES (Switzerland), Viet Hien Mechanical Company are the partners who have made the project successful.

Representative of Hien Hien Mechanical Company introduced the results of the project to Beatrice Maser Mallor, Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam.

At the meeting, the representatives of the project implementation units reported on the project implementation as well as the results achieved by the project, especially the successful transfer of pyrolysis from Thuy Sy for Viet Hien Mechanical Company.

At present, the technology has been successfully manufactured on an industrial scale and there are orders to export the first pyrolysis systems to countries like Brazil, Cambodia and Serbia.

The Ambassador highly appreciated the results of the project, especially the efficiency of pyrolysis technology applied in coffee production in Vietnam.

The Ambassador highly appreciated the results of the project, especially the efficiency of pyrolysis technology applied in coffee production in Vietnam.

Beatrice Maser Mallor affirmed at the meeting that Vietnam is one of the priority countries in the Swiss Government’s economic cooperation program and will continue to receive support programs in enhancing protection environment, mitigation and response to climate change.

Le Viet Vinh, deputy director of Viet Hien Mechanical Company, said that the pyrolysis technology uses agricultural residues such as coffee husks, rice hulls, wood chips… at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. Generates a gas mixture in the reaction chamber. This gas mixture is further put into the combustion chamber to burn at temperatures higher than 1000 degrees Celsius to produce a clean and stable source of energy for the drying of coffee berries. The reason pyrolysis technology can replace the backward burning technology, emit more dust and toxic gas into the environment is due to the pyrolysis process does not create smoke and odors into the surrounding environment.

In addition, this technology solves a long-standing problem that is the conflict between the use of coffee pods for the purpose of drying fresh fruit or for the purpose of fertilizer improvement soil. Pyrolysis technology has been successfully transferred from Switzerland, with the use of coffee husks as fuel to provide a stable source of heat for drying coffee beans. Not only that, the pyrolysis process produces a product called biochar that is used as a fertilizer for soil improvement.

Accordingly, biochar helps to improve soil porosity with high water holding capacity, preventing leakage, evaporation or deep penetration after irrigating, preventing soil erosion, creating favorable conditions for Beneficial bacteria live in soil, attract and retain nutrients to fertilize crops.

On the occasion of visiting Dak Lak, the Ambassador visited the model of pyrolysis system installed at Binh Minh Cooperative in Cu M’gar district. Since 2016, members of the cooperative have used pyrolysis technology to proactively dry the process, helping to avoid the effects of long-lasting rain during the coffee harvest, thereby bringing about high quality coffee and environmental protection.

According to representatives of VNCPC – the project implementing unit, over 4 years of implementation, the project has assisted in the assessment of resource efficiency and clean production for 16 rice processing plants and 10 processing companies. Turns out coffee, which saves 1.08 million kWh per year, equivalent to over $ 80,000, cutting 621 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the environment every year.


VNCPC deploys an Eco-Industrial Park (IZ) model in Long Thanh Industrial Park

With the objective of implementing the project “Applying the Ecological Industrial park model” – within the framework of the cooperation project between the International Financial  (IFC) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the week at the end of September, the Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co.Ltd (VNCPC) and IFC have implemented a number of specific activities in Long Thanh Industrial Zone (Long Thanh District, Dong Nai Province).

Activities include:

1. Investigate the potential of resource efficient, energy saving and cleaner production at three enterprises in Long Thanh Industrial Park in the areas of manufacturing plastic hanger and accessories, coffee and flower printing on fabric.

Through the preliminary assessment and evaluation process, the consultants have discovered opportunities for energy saving and resource efficiency, helping businesses improve their production efficiency and save on input costs.

Preventive maintenance measures contribute to improving the performance of the cooling system.

Regular inspections to monitor the operation of the electrical system will help the company avoid fire and explosion, as well as minimize power losses.

2. Discussion with Sonadezi Long Thanh Shareholding Company (SZL) – is the unit managing and investing Infrastructure in Long Thanh Industrial Park to seek and identify industrial symbiosis opportunities.

A number of industrial symbiotic opportunities have received attention for the high application potential from the SZL side that will be implemented in future feasibility analyzes within the project including: medium, LPG supply service for IPs and reuse of wastewater after treatment.

A discussion between the project team and SZL.

3. Carry out a training course on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) for the staffs of the companies and the management unit SZL.

The training provided an opportunity for delegates to discuss face-to-face with experts on specific issues related to resource use (energy, water, chemicals, materials) and quality management. Waste and methods to improve.


Advanced RECP training for 26 local officials

On September 5 – 6 in Hanoi, Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co.Ltd (VNCPC) organized a training course on “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) ” for 26 local officials.

The participants in the intensive RECP training were mainly from energy saving and cleaner production centers, cleaner production-related agencies and organizations, and technical staffs from the FDI.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the course, Mr. Le Xuan Thinh, VNCPC director, said that the project of implementing the Eco-Industrial Park (IZ) initiative to the Sustainable Industrial Park with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will be run from 2015 to 2019, including capacity building and RECP assessment for enterprises in selected industrial zones: Da Nang, Can Tho, Ninh Binh.

Mr. Le Xuan Thinh – VNCPC director (sitting in the middle) with representatives from UNIDO, MPI attended the opening ceremony.

Over the past 3 years, VNCPC has been honored to be chosen by the project management board as the consultant to perform these tasks. Up to now, VNCPC has trained 220 staffs for enterprises.

According to Vu Quoc Huy, Deputy Director of the Department of Management of Economic Zones, Ministry of Planning and Investment: After 25 years of development, Vietnam’s IPs need a new model and more effective competition.

Mr. Vu Quoc Huy, Deputy Director of Economic Zone Management Department, MPI spoke at the opening ceremony.

Secondly, enterprises in the IZ have not paid much attention or have not enough knowledge and information to apply cleaner production methods, use more economical and efficient resources and raw materials to improve their capability  competitive.

Third, environmental issues, especially waste management, are not properly addressed.

Fourth, enterprises in the IZ have not cooperated in the joint use of resources, raw materials and reuse of industrial waste.

Therefore, the objective of this training course is to enhance the specialized RECP advice and assessment skills for cleaner production and energy conservation consultants from departments, departments and universities. After the training, participants will become the source of specialists who can undertake the tasks related to the implementation of the local RECP program.

For its part, the Ministry of Planning and Investment will continue to coordinate with ministries, branches, People’s Committees of provinces/cities and management boards of local industrial zones to accelerate the conversion of industrial zones into ecological zones. We hope that the trained specialists will become the extension arms to support these transformation programs locally.

Accordingly, in 2 days, participants have access to RECP techniques and examples in practice; energy assessment skills; material; thermal energy; water assessment skills; chemical management; waste; monitoring.

At the end of the course, all participants scored 8-10/10 for topics taught by technical staffs of VNCPC.

Give certificates to trainees after the training