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.