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

30 June - 11 July, 2014
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Jacek Cukrowski

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

Laszlo Pinter

Head of Department, Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Ludovico Alcorta

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

Edward Clarence-Smith

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Muge Dolun

Compliance Infrastructure Unit in Trade Capacity Building Branch, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Ferenc Gondi

BGT Hungaria Environmental Technology Ltd, Budapest, Hungary

Zoltan Illes

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

Heinz Leuenberger

Environmental Management Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Pradeep Monga

Energy & Climate Change Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Frank O’Connor

Inter/transdisciplinary Sustainable Design Professional, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Petra Schwager

Environmental Management Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Rene van Berkel

Cleaner and Sustainable Production, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Markus Wolf

Institute for Ecopreneurship, University of Applied Sciences, Muttenz, Switzerland
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. 
Substantial steps in innovation, investment, implementation and mainstreaming are necessary to improve current systems of industrial production and consumption for them to be able to actively contribute to environmental and socio-economic progress.
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 third international Summer Course “Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future” organized together with the Central European University in Budapest reflects UNIDO’s genuine commitment to seeking innovative solutions and building new capacities in industrial development.
Concept of the course
Now running for its third consecutive year and with some 300 alunmi from countries all around the world, the Green Industry summer course provides participants with the opportunity to put the concept of “Green Industry” into practice and help improve industry’s environmental performance. 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;
  • examine institutional platforms for the promotion and dissemination of resource efficient and cleaner production methods and economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable technologies;
  • develop strategies for a Green Industry  in line with socio-economic and environmental goals and targets.
The course is targeted at young professionals in the fields of Resource Efficient 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 addresses individuals in industry or in institutions assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the implementation of RECP methods, environmental management systems (EMS), low carbon measures and eco-designs.
Participants are expected to have an academic background and/or practical knowledge of environmental management systems, Green Industry, resource efficiency as well as of the global and national policy frameworks for green industrial development.
Course design
The course is based on a genuinely interdisciplinary approach. It sets out with a one-month preliminary distance learning component which ensures that all participants share a common knowledge base concerning issues of Green Industry and resource efficiency.
Active engagement in online discussions, an in-depth case study prepared by participants related to green industry and their company/organization, industry and/or specific country context and a multiple choice test form the selection process for the face-to-face component of the course.
The two-week residential part of the course offers a dynamic mix of lecture-based and participatory teaching methods. A database of key literature and case studies, a discussion forum and a shared virtual workspace complement the programme. Participants will be encouraged to apply environmental and environment-related management methods and tools in support of Green Industry.
Seminars and group discussions will foster lively debate on case studies while peer reviews and practical exercises will increase participants’ skills and effectiveness in designing and implementing policies, strategies and projects related to sustainable industrial development.
For the final assignment, participants will be required to develop a Green Industry strategy or transition plan for a particular region, organization, company or sector. 
More on the course and its previous editions in 2012 and 2013 on UNIDO Institute's website.