May 2015 

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Green Industry Platform News and Updates

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The Green Industry Platform Secretariat is glad to share with you the latest news related to the initiative, covering upcoming events, training, publications and other news that may be of great interest to the members. 

VinylPlus announces nearly half million tonnes of PVC recycled and a stronger commitment to contribute to climate change mitigation 

With 481,018 tonnes of PVC waste recycled in 2014, VinylPlus, the sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry, is steadily progressing toward its 2020 recycling targets. At the Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2015, industry leaders confirmed their strong commitment to reduce the European PVC value chain contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. With the theme ‘More Vinyl, Less Carbon’, the 2015 Forum which opened on 27 April in Cannes, France, brought together more than 100 stakeholders from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, retailers and all sectors of the PVC industry. Discussions focused on how the industry is helping combat climate change and improve energy and resource-efficiency; and how PVC products can contribute in reducing CO2 emissions. 
Outlining the UN sustainability agenda for 2015,including the Sustainable Development Goals (2015- 2030) and the Paris Climate Summit (COP21), Christophe Yvetot, from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said “The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate commitments will offer a new narrative for industry: sharing prosperity and respecting the environment. As a member of the Green Industry Platform, the vinyl industry can actively contribute to the global sustainability agenda through its continuous efforts to reduce its environmental and climate footprint and to develop new green products, services and jobs that will support a more sustainable world.

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Women in Green Industry Chapter

The Green Industry Platform is featuring success stories of female entrepreneurs and businesswomen in the framework of its Women in Green Industry Chapter, in collaboration with the Knowledge Gateway for Women’s 
Economic Empowerment. The stories are expected to support other
women entrepreneurs in their decision-making processes to overcome challenges and grow their businesses.
Studies prove that when women and men become more equal, economies grow faster, fewer people remain in poverty, and overall well-being increases. Women are important agents of change and play an active and substantial role in the management and conservation of natural resources; while they are more vulnerable to climate change, they are at the same time key in addressing its repercussions. It is essential to ensure that women are part of green industrial development strategies.
Recognizing the need to promote and encourage female green entrepreneurship and leadership, a chapter targeting specifically women that work in green industry was added to the GIP to enhance their engagement, involve them in the discussion and essentially address the issues surrounding women’s empowerment and gender equality in green industrial development. 
The Green Industry Platform has published 3 success stories of women in green industry:

Platform members interested in being profiled or interested in nominating a woman whose story should be told, please contact us: 



Summer course in Green Industry 

For the fourth consecutive year, the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, together with the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, is organizing its Summer Course on Green Industry “Pathways Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development”.
 The course provides participants with the opportunity to put the concept of “Green Industry” into practice and help improve industry’s environmental performance.
Participants of the course, which runs for two weeks in late June and early July, 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 socioeconomic 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. 

Illegally traded and dumped e-waste worth up to US$19 billion annually poses risks to health, deprives countries of resources, says UNEP report 

Up to 90 per cent of the world's electronic waste, worth nearly US$19bn, is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to a report released on 12 May 2015 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Each year, the electronic industry - one of the world's largest and fastest growing - generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste from goods such as computers and smart phones. Forecasts say that figure may reach 50 million tonnes already by 2017.
A staggering 60-90 per cent of this waste is illegally traded or dumped, according to UNEP's "Waste Crimes, Waste Risks: Gaps and Challenges In the Waste Sector", launched in Geneva at the Conference of Parties to the three major conventions addressing the global waste issue, the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.
Innovative solutions to combat illegal and unsustainable handling of e-waste are emerging. Recovering valuable metals and other resources locked inside electronic products, for example, can reduce the amount of e-waste produced, diminishing pressure on the environment, creating jobs and generating income.

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NGOs from Cameroon and Malawi sign partnership agreement on South-South Cooperation

Under the auspices of the UN Global Compact, Cameroon's CADIRE Association, and Malawi's Institute of Water and Environmental Sanitation have agreed to cooperate on sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The two non-governmental organizations will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene promotion with a view to attaining the UN Millennium Development Goals related to water, and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals on water, sanitation and hygiene.
The partners expect this initiative to increase access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, to promote equality and inclusion by giving preference to poor and marginalized people, and to improve the knowledge and skills of individuals and agencies working in water, sanitation and hygiene by providing conferences, seminars and courses.
The Green Industry Platform congratulates the organizations and welcomes this initiative!

Second UNIDO Green Industry training workshop held in China

The Second UNIDO Green Industry training at Beijing Normal University (BNU) took place in April, .  It was jointly hosted by the Green Industry Platform China Chapter Office and UNIDO’s Representative Office in China, with the kind support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT).
The course was attended by 30 participants composed of active members of the Green Industry Platform, business and promotion centress and enterprise executives working in the green industry sector.
Experts in the green industry field from UNIDO, BNU and MIIT gave 15 thematic lectures concerning sustainable development issues including concepts, challenges and opportunities.
The workshop aimed to increase the participants understanding of the green industry by presenting concepts and discussing innovative green technology, along with policy measures, to improve the environmental performance of the industry sector and promote green industry in China.  


1,000 likes for the Green Industry Platform Facebook page, Thank you!

This month the Green Industry Platform Facebook page achieved 1,000 likes! 
This achievement displays the continued interest of the public in this initiative and it encourages the Green Industry Platform Secretariat to expand its impact and services.

Sincere thanks to all our members and followers for supporting the GIP! 


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Upcoming events


Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (19-20 June)

Green Industry Summer Course Budapest (29 June- 10 July 2015)

Third ISID Forum 2015

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