VNCPC participates in a series of workshops to announce technical support results to EIP

Recently, the Ministry of Planning and Investment cooperated with the Management Board of Industrial zones in Da Nang City, Can Tho City and Ninh Binh Province to organize a series of workshops to announce the results of technical assistance to the Ecological Industrial Park (EIP) for businesses and communities, in each province and city.

The workshop was attended by leaders of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Departments and enterprises participating in the project in 3 localities. This is an activity within the framework of the project “Ecological industrial parks initiatives for sustainable zones in Vietnam”. At the workshop, VNCPC represented the consulting unit reported the results of supporting enterprises to participate in the project after nearly 4 years of implementation.

The representative of Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre Co.Ltd (VNCPC) reported the results of supporting enterprises to join the project after nearly 4 years of implementation.

Accordingly, the project has achieved positive results in raising awareness about ecological industrial parks and promoting enterprises in industrial parks to promote technological innovation, application of solutions to use resource efficiency and production cleaner, especially the more efficient use of energy… Based on the positive results of the EIP initiatives, the Ministry of Planning and Investment advised the Government to issue Decree No 82/2018/ND-CP, on May 22, 2018, regulates the management of Industrial Parks and Economic Zones, clearly stating the concept and criteria of EIP and assigning responsibilities of ministries and sectors in guiding the development of EIP.

Representatives of the Industrial Management Board highly appreciated the support of the project.

Representatives of the Management Board of the Industrial Parks highly appreciated the project’s support and affirmed that the solutions for resources efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) have been implemented by most businesses, bringing a lot of benefits of efficient use of resources (electricity, water, fuel, raw materials, chemicals), increasing economic benefits and reducing emissions to the environment, as well as improving working conditions for the public multiply.

Specifically, in Ninh Binh, out of 15 enterprises participating in the project, 13 enterprises applied and maintained 185 out of 213 RECP solutions (86.9%). In particular, solutions related to electricity saving accounted for 50.2%, followed by solutions to save water, fuel, raw materials, chemicals, minimize environmental impacts.

The workshop series attracted the participation of the Management Boards of industrial parks and enterprises.

Since the end of 2017, enterprises in Ninh Binh have invested 5.56 billion VND in RECP solutions, thereby saving about 5,400 MWh of electricity; 11,715 m3 of water; 42 tons of LPG and 3,982 tons of coal and 507 tons of firewood, with a total economic benefit of about 25 billion VND…

In Da Nang, 15 enterprises out of 25 enterprises participated in the project have maintained 182 out of 208 RECP solutions. From the end of 2017 until now, enterprises have invested an additional 15.5 billion VND for RECP solutions and saved about 4,555 MWh of electricity; 188,800 m3 of water; 2,108 tons of chemicals; 3 tons of LPG and 1,288 tons of firewood, with a total economic benefit of about 13.5 billion VND. Besides, businesses also significantly reduce the amount of wastewater, CO2, solid waste and dangerous emission compounds into the environment…

Similarly, in Can Tho, 26 enterprises have invested an additional capital of 17 billion VND for the implementation and maintenance of RECP solutions from the end of 2017 up to now, and the economic benefits are about 33.5 billion VND by significant savings in electricity and water, as well as reducing emissions…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VNCPC trained to improve the capacity of applying cleaner production in industry in Quang Binh

Recently, the Center for Industry Promotion and Trade Promotion of Quang Binh has cooperated with Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co.Ltd. (VNCPC) to organized training to improve the capacity of applying cleaner production in the industry for local enterprises.

At the training, Assoc. Prof. Tran Van Nhan – VNCPC Director, introduced cleaner production and practices in Vietnam to raise awareness about the importance of further implementation to develop sustainable industry; At the same time, information on the challenges, benefits and lessons learned in practical application of cleaner production will be exchanged, promoting the implementation of the Cleaner Production Strategy for Industry in 2020 in Quang Binh.

This is a chance to create favorable conditions for production and business establishments in the province to improve the efficiency of the use of natural resources, raw materials, fuel and materials, reduce emissions, limiting the extent of pollution, protecting, improving the quality of the environment, human health and ensuring sustainable development.

It is known that in recent years, the Center for Industry Promotion and Trade Promotion Quang Binh has also implemented many activities to disseminate and raise awareness for the state management staff and managers at the enterprises on cleaner production. Therefore, to create conditions for state management units, enterprises and production establishments in the province to firmly grasp related policies and information on cleaner production, and at the same time to approach and popularize replication model applied cleaner production in industry.

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VNCPC kicked-off the project “Complementation of Eco- Industrial Park Guidelines for Vietnam”

In the days of 20 and 21/6, with the financial of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the Bank of the World Bank (WB), the Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co. Ltd (VNCPC) and Sofies (Switzerland) – an international sustainability project management and consulting firm have held kick-off conference the project Complementation of Eco- Industrial Park Guidelines for Vietnamin Saigon Hi-tech Park and Sonadezi Long Thanh Industrial Zone (Dong Nai).

The target of the project is to help enterprises in the industrial park and management board have information and specify the way to transform to the Eco Industrial Zone as the 82 Government Decree enable in 22/5/2018 – the policy for Management industrial parks and economic zones.

With the IFC support, the project will be completed the National Guidelines for the Development Eco – Industrial Zone to help MPI give the standard guidelines for Industrial parks, economic zones as well as enterprises to apply.


The project kick-off workshop was held in Ho Chi Minh city on 20/6.

Attending the kick-off ceremony at Saigon Hi-Tech Park, there were Head of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Hoai Quoc, representatives of 40 companies operating and investing here.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Hoai Quoc said that Ho Chi Minh City’s orientation was approved by the City’s Committee for building a smart city, green and sustainable development. In particular, building industrial zones and economic zones into models of ecological zones is a top priority. In the coming time, the Saigon Hi-tech Park Management Board is committed to working closely with the project and implementing enterprises in order to quickly transform into an eco- industrial park.

At Sonadezi Long Thanh Industrial Park, Mr. Pham Anh Tuan – General Director together with nearly 50 domestic and foreign enterprises operating here came to attend. In his welcome speech, Mr. Tuan said: Sonadezi Long Thanh was one of the first industrial estates in the country and there have been many policies successfully tested here before scaling up. Construction of Ecological Industrial Park is the right direction and in line with the orientation of Sonadezi Group as well as Dong Nai People’s Committee. Therefore, Sonadezi Long Thanh Joint Stock Company and companies in the industrial zone are very supportive and eager to participate in this project.

After hearing the experts about the purpose, activities and expected results, enterprises divided the discussion group and presented many useful solutions for enterprises to use. Resource efficiency, cleaner production (RE-CP) to reduce production costs and join industrial symbiosis. In addition, enterprises also proposed solutions to share resources in the same industrial zone for management consideration of investment.

Business groups divided and discussed many useful solutions to help businesses make efficient use of resources and cleaner production (RE-CP) to reduce production costs.

VNCPC has 20 years of experience in HR training and consultancy for RECP in industrial parks has been selected for this project action.

Mr. Le Xuan Thinh, Deputy Director of VNCPC, spoke at the launching workshop of “Complementation of Eco- Industrial Park Guidelines for Vietnam” in Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2017, the component “Capacity building and conducting RECP assessments in Vietnam” under the project “Implementing of Eco – Industrial park initiative for sustainable industrial zone in Vietnam” implemented by VNCPC was helped enterprises save VND 32.86 billion (US $ 1,448,215) by reducing the consumption of raw materials, water, energy and chemicals…

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