The eco-industrial zone project has helped enterprises savings of 6.5 million USD/year

72 enterprises of 4 industrial zones in Ninh Binh, Can Tho and Da Nang have implemented resource-efficient and cleaner production, thus saving over USD 6.5 million per year.

“Talking numbers”

That was the result of the project “Implementing an ecological industrial zone initiative towards a sustainable industrial park model in Vietnam” achieved after 5 years of implementation.

With funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the project has been carried out by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) piloted in Khanh Phu and Gian Khau industrial zones (Ninh Binh); Hoa Khanh industrial park (Da Nang city) and Tra Noc industrial zone 1 & 2 (Can Tho).

Through technical support from Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre Co. Ltd. (VNCPC), enterprises in industrial zones have been consulted on cleaner production solutions to make the most of input materials, efficient use of energy, water-saving as well as the use of chemical safety, wastewater, and waste management …

Transformation of the ecological industrial model – the inevitable trend

At the end of the first phase of the project, thanked resource-efficient and cleaner production guide, VNCPC’s experts have helped enterprises saved more than 22,000 Mwh of electricity; over 600,000 m3 of clean water; more than 140 TJ (Terajun) fossil fuels, and nearly 3,600 tons of chemicals and wastes. These solutions also helped reduce 32 Kt of CO2 annually.

The project has also conducted training for more than 3,100 managers and technicians. Training programs to provide information on eco-industrial parks; sharing international experiences and methods of application in accordance with the context of Vietnam; tools and resources to develop eco-industrial parks; opportunities and challenges when applying the concept of eco-industrial parks in Vietnam.

At the summarizing conference of the project held in Hanoi, on June 12, 2019, Mr. Tran Duy Dong, Director of the Department of Local and Territorial Economy (Ministry of Planning and Investment) said: “The project took an important role in contributing to the promulgation of relevant regulations on eco-industrial zones in Decree 82/2018 / ND-CP dated 22/5/2018 (Decree 82) of The Government on the management of industrial parks and economic zones, took effect from July 2018. Decree 82 is the first legal document in Vietnam laying the foundation for the implementation of the transition from conventional industrial parks to ecological industrial zones.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Trung, Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam – Beatrice Maser Mallor and UNIDO Representative in Vietnam Le Thi Thanh Thao presented awards to the units participating in the project. Photo: MPI

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, also stressed that: “the project is a concrete illustration of  a recirculating economy. That is what the Vietnamese government is interested in and wants to learn from the UN and other development partners to identify strategic priorities for socio-economic development in the period of 2021 – 2030. With this medium-term vision, the Government is putting much hope into achieving a “dual goal”: high and sustainable growth in parallel with environmental protection”.

National representative of UNIDO office in Vietnam, Ms. Le Thi Thanh Thao said: converting existing industrial zones to ecological industrial model will be an opportunity to achieve sustainable and widespread industrial development. in Viet Nam. Accordingly, UNIDO will continue to work with the Government of Vietnam to implement the Global Program for Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) funded by the Swiss Government.

“Eco-industrial park project is a continuation of the long road UNIDO supports Vietnam in cleaner production and energy efficiency in industry for more than 20 years. I believe that today’s successes will create a solid premise for the deployment of replicating ecological industrial models in Vietnam in the coming years. Since then, contributing to environmental protection, sustainable development and attracting quality investment, especially from the private sector, improving Vietnam’s competitiveness. ”- Ms. Thao said.

Representing the business, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Chairman of the Board of Asia Architecture and Trading Company Limited (Tan Long Paper Factory – Da Nang) said: Joining the project, the company has improved viable sources of fuel, thereby reducing production costs, improving competitiveness and contributing to improving workers’ lives. The company has also applied 21 energy-saving solutions. Accordingly, within 1 year, 2.63 billion VND was saved, 360 tons of raw material inputs were reduced per year and 540 tons of CO2 were reduced per year.

Not only that, businesses are planning to implement some industrial symbiotic solutions proposed by experts. This shows the sustainability of project activities. Industrial symbiotic solutions are expected to include: reuse of an enterprise’s waste water and waste materials as input materials for another enterprise; heat recovery and improved waste collection efficiency; shared water boilers as well as shared transportation and other services for workers.


Many industrial symbiotic opportunities have been identified and deployed by VNCPC in Da Nang

At the seminar held in Da Nang in the middle of last April, representatives of Vietnam Cleaner Production Center Co. Ltd. (VNCPC) presented 6 industrial symbiotic solutions selected for implementation in Da Nang, to convert these local industrial zones (IZs) into sustainable IZs in Vietnam.

The workshop was an activity in the project “Implementing eco-industrial zone initiative towards a sustainable industrial model in Vietnam” by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Currently, with funding from the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Industrial symbiotic solutions researched and presented by VNCPC have received high appreciation from stakeholders.

According to Mr. Dinh Manh Thang – consultant of VNCPC, through intensive discussions and surveys at 57 enterprises in Da Nang, 22 industrial symbiotic opportunities were identified. There were 6 options selected after analyzing all necessary conditions with all stakeholders, including:

Biogas recovery at Heineken Vietnam – Da Nang Beer Factory to use as fuel for boilers of Green Energy Company;

Installing solar battery system on the roof of Tan Long Packaging Paper Factory;

Green Energy Company provides manpower to operate professional boilers for Tan Long Packaging Paper Factory;

Using waste ash to make unburnt bricks in Hoa Khanh Industrial Park;

Collect and classify waste paper and paperboard as input materials for companies producing Kraft paper; and

Using scrap wood from Viet Lang Forest Products Co., Ltd. as fuel for boilers of Green Energy Company

At the conference, representatives of related businesses along with representatives of the Management Board of high-tech zones and industrial parks in Da Nang; Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Domestic and foreign consultants from VNCPC and Sofies (Switzerland) and the Project Management Board discussed the advantages and barriers when implementing these solutions.

International consultant Luc Jaquet shared about symbiotic models that have been successfully implemented in countries such as Denmark, Korea and Japan.

International consultant Luc Jaquet (Sofies) has shared symbiotic models that have been successfully implemented in countries such as Denmark, South Korea and Japan. He also highlighted the challenges and barriers to implementation: companies are not willing to invest financially to buy and apply advanced technologies or business security issues, legal barriers …

In Vietnam in general and in Da Nang in particular, most businesses face financial resources not yet available to invest in advanced technologies and human resource training; together with the cooperation mechanism among companies related to the implementation of industrial symbiosis, in addition to the legal barriers in the regulations on reuse of waste and waste water have been treated.

Mr. Le Hoang Duc – Deputy Director of Da Nang High-Tech Park and Industrial Zone Management Board affirmed that the Danang city government will support industrial symbiosis.

Mr. Le Hoang Duc – Deputy Director of Da Nang High-Tech Park and Industrial Zone Management Board affirmed that the Da Nang city government will support industrial symbiosis activities for the benefit not only for businesses but also for themselves for the environment in industrial parks in the city.


VNCPC trains the trainers on Green Growth

On 8/4, in Cao Lanh city (Dong Thap), the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor was continue to open the training course for the trainer on Green Growth (Module 8).

Mr. Ngo Duy Hieu – Member of the National Assembly, Member of the Presidium, Vice Chairman and Head of the Labor Relations Department of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor attended and made a speech.

Attending the training course, there were 25 students who were leaders of Policy – Law Department; Provincial Labor Confederation Committee; Trade Union of Industrial Zones, Construction Trade Unions and Institutes, schools directly under the General Labor Confederation. Specifically, there are 9 provincial Labor Federation, including: Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Tien Giang, Long An, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Dong Thap and 3 subordinate units of Ton University Duc Thang, Trade Union University and Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Science.

Students took photos with Mr. Ngo Duy Hieu and lecturers of the training course. Photo: Luc Tung

Mr. Ngo Duy Hieu made the opening speech. Photo: Luc Tung

Speaking at the opening of the training course, Mr. Ngo Duy Hieu emphasized the importance of green growth and the responsibilities of trade unions and unionists for green growth in the context of climate change – sea level rise…; thereby calling on students to make efforts to learn knowledge and skills and cleverly combine knowledge with practice to convey to members in the most effective way.

Students are leaders of the provincial Labor Federation, Industrial Parks Trade Union …. Photo: Luc Tung

It is known that this is an event within the framework of the cooperation program between the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Accordingly, the FES Institute supported the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and other Trade Union levels to participate in implementing the National Action Plan on Green Growth.

In particular, the training on Green Growth has 9 modules, including 2 theoretical parts combined with practical travel under the guidance of teachers who are officials of the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre Co.Ltd. (VNCPC). The training course is part of Module 8, which takes place over 5 days (8 -12/4/2019).

According to Luc Tung/ (April 8, 2019)

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…


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.


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.