Environmental economics, Public policy, Sustainable development

The course is organized by the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development in cooperation with the Central European University (CEU). It is supported by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Course date

11 July - 22 July, 2016
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Laszlo Pinter

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; International Institute for Sustainable Development, Ottawa, Canada
Course Faculty: 

Franz Brugger

Institute for Capacity Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Nicola Cantore

Policy, Research and Statistics, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Guillermo Castella Lorenzo

Emerging Compliance Regime Division, Environment Department, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Michele Clara

United Nations Industrial Development, Vienna, Austria

Edward Clarence-Smith

UNIDO Regional Office in Thailand

Mark Draeck

Renewable and Rural Energy Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria

Branko Dunjic

Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Serbian National Cleaner Production Centre, Belgrade, Serbia

Carolina Gonzalez Mueller

Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Zoltan Illes

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Johanna Jagnow

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany

Christine Jasch

Vienna Institute for Environmental Management and Economics, IÖW, Austria

Kazuki Kitaoka

Institute for Capacity Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Frank O’Connor

Inter/transdisciplinary Sustainable Design Professional, Cardiff, United Kingdom
The course provides an opportunity to reflect on technical and policy level measures that improve industry’s environmental performance. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of solutions that help turn the “green industry” concept into practice and bolster its sustainability. Besides outcomes, there will also be an emphasis on green industry as a transition process that ‘bends the curve’ of conventional development towards green industry objectives over time. Course faculty has been selected based on the balance of academic excellence and practical experience.
Course objectives:
  1. Reflect on the necessary parameters of governance systems (strategies, policies, laws and regulations) for green industrial development, including cleaner and resource efficient production. Achieving low carbon and efficient material use paths for industrial development is a key aspect.
  2. Outline practical feasibility of technical requirements and policy measures for promoting green industry.
  3. Discuss how enterprises can successfully tackle key challenges that prevent them from commercializing green industry-related products and services.
  4. Delineate the essential institutional platforms for promoting “green industry”. Apart from promoting cleaner and resource efficient production, such institutions should offer counsel on the development and deployment of economically viable, socially appropriate and environmentally sustainable green technologies.
  5. Enable participants to construct and make use of green industry strategies that help meet specific future environmental goals and targets. 
Course design
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach starting with a distance learning component which will comprise a number of readings and their moderated, online, discussion in an asynchronous format. Participants will also identify a green economy case from their jurisdiction or organization, and based on that develop a brief case study in a common format. The distance learning component with about 100 participants will help ensure the development of a common terminology and grounding in green industry, resource efficiency and related concepts. Participation in the online discussions, performance in an online test and the relevance and quality of their case study, including their proficiency of written and spoken English, will serve as a basis for selecting a subset of ca. 25 participants for the face-to-face component of the course.  
The two-week residential component of the course will make use of a dynamic mix of lecture-based and active-learning, participatory methods, customized to meet the needs of an advanced interdisciplinary program. The delivery of the program will be supported by information tools such as a database of key literature and case studies, a discussion forum and a shared virtual workspace. Participants will focus on understanding and applying environmental and environment-related management methods and tools in support of green industry goals and objectives. Seminars and group discussions will use case studies, peer reviews and exercises to develop skills and effectiveness in designing and implementing policies, strategies and projects related to sustainable industrial development.