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All trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.
This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development. Building a sustainable economy requires greener industries and enterprises. Great steps in innovation, investment, implementation and mainstreaming are necessary to improve current systems of industrial production and consumption so that they can actively contribute to environmental and socio-economic progress.
Concept of the course
The greening of industries and enterprises provides stability and resilience to economic development and improves job and income security, energy reliability and human wellbeing. The Summer Course “Green Industry: Pathway Towards the Industry of the Future” organized together with the Central European University in Budapest reflects UNIDO’s genuine commitment towards seeking innovative solutions and building new capacities in industrial development.
The Summer Course provides participants with the opportunity to improve industry’s environmental performance and to turn the concept of “green industry” into practice. Participants will:
· reflect on the technical requirements of green industrial development as well as on the strategies, policies, laws and regulations necessary for its successful implementation
· find ways to successfully commercialize green industry related products and services
· outline institutional platforms for the promotion and dissemination of resource-efficient, clean production methods and economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable technologies
· create and implement strategies for a green industry in line with environmental goals and targets
The Course aims at young professionals in the fields of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), members of non-governmental organizations involved in environmental advocacy and PhD students with a background in technical or policy related studies in green industry. It seeks people working in big industry or in institutions assisting Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) with the implementation of RECP methods, environmental management systems (EMS), low carbon measures and eco-designs. Participants are expected to arrive with a high degree of academic or professional understanding of environmental management systems, green industry, resource efficiency and of the global and national policy frameworks for green industrial development.
The course follows a genuinely interdisciplinary approach. It starts with a preliminary distance learning component which ensures that all participants share a common base of knowledge concerning issues of green industry and resource efficiency. Active engagement in online discussions, passing an online test and the relevance and quality of a sample case-study to be prepared by participants in relation to their jurisdiction or organization are part of the selection process for the face-to-face component of the course.
The two-week residential part offers a dynamic mix of lecture-based and participatory teaching methods. The programme is accompanied by a strong database of key literature and case studies, a discussion forum and a shared virtual workspace. Participants are encouraged to apply environmental and environment-related management methods and tools in support of green industry. Seminars and group discussions allow for ample debates on case studies while peer reviews and exercises increase the skills and effectiveness of attendees in designing and implementing policies, strategies and projects related to sustainable industrial development.
For the final assignment, participants work in small groups to develop a green industry strategy or transition plan for a particular region, organization, company or sector.
More on the course and its previous edition in 2012 on UNIDO Institute's website.