18-21 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The fourth International Conference on Green Purchasing convened over 300 policy makers, procurement officers, government officials, private enterprises and researchers to discuss the requisite conditions for successful green purchasing. The opening day offered governments with advanced green procurement practices (including Japan, China and Korea), United Nations agencies, plus commercial businesses and retail companies from Malaysia the opportunity to showcase their green procurement success stories and discuss means of propelling new sustainable procurement techniques. Expert panels drawing on public and private procurement professionals and green technology providers discussed ways of integrating green productivity best practices into government departments and across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.
The second day complemented these more policy-based dialogues with a program of technical presentations from environmental agencies, sustainability specialists and technology service firms on eco-design, eco-labeling and resource productivity. A panel involving a spectrum of International Green Purchasing Network members, technical cooperation agencies and city associations discussed the potential of efficient spending and investments to kick-start emergent markets in green technology, green productivity and eco-friendly produce.
With reference to a number of Malaysian case studies, the third day drew on local emergency services and relevant line ministries to explain the fundamentals of emergency plans and fire safety strategies in shopping complexes and high-rise buildings. Continuing this commercial perspective, waste management experts then illustrated the role of recycling as a mechanism for maximizing resource use efficiency, productivity and profitability. The closing panel discussion drew on representatives from CITYNET, ICLEI and UCLG ASPAC to discuss the enabling role of city-to-city and business-to-city cooperation in creating safe and green cities.
The conference concluded with a half-day seminar on garbage separation and recycling by the Thai waste management company Wongpanit. CEO Dr. Somathai Wongcharoen illustrated the financial and environmental virtues of the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy and, through live demonstrations, illustrated Wongpanit’s collection, separation and value addition methodology – a practice now franchised to over 400 branches across Thailand, Laos, China, Malaysia and India.
CITYNET, the Green Purchasing Network Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will continue the momentum garnered by this International Conference by holding a two day seminar on “Increasing Corporate Profitability and Sustainability through Safety and the 3Rs” at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center from December 5-6 2013.