Recap: KLRTC 26 International Conference on Green Purchasing

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.

Green procurement and safety experts convene for the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing.

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.

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Dr. Somathai Wongcharoen demonstrates the commercial case for recycling model

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.

Update: Training Course on Eco-Industrial Clusters

December 2-4 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Many Asian economies are still struggling to manage the negative impacts of their industrial areas. Yet, the grouping of related economic actors into ‘Eco-Industrial Clusters’ has the potential to address environmental burdens and yield mutually productive advantages. To help policy makers find ways to achieve this, the Asian Development Bank Institute, CITYNET and Kawasaki City organized an intensive training course for 32 senior officials from City Governments and National Ministries of Environment and Industry from 14 different Asian nations.

Structured into a series of information sessions followed by break-out discussions and group exercises, participants learned to identify the policies, technologies and financing mechanisms required for boosting the ecological performance, economic competitiveness and social inclusiveness of industrial areas. The final day’s field visit to Kawasaki Eco-Town showcased realistic ways of looking beyond simple manufacturing and cultivating green growth.

A number of commitments were made by participants to immediately enact new eco-industrial measures in their home countries. Pledges included renewed efforts to mainstream environmental policy across different line Ministries and the establishment of city-level research institutions to collate, review and lobby for improved eco-policy.

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Participants engage in a group exercise.

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Participants visit a paper recycling facility in Kawasaki Eco-Town.

City-to-City Cooperation for Decentralised Sewerage Treatment using Eco-tanks

In support of the 2008 International Year of Sanitation, CITYNET and UNITAR with support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation collaborated to conduct a C2C cooperation project aimed at reducing water pollution from domestic sources and raising awareness on sanitation issues using the technology and advantages of Eco-tanks. Moreover, the project helps promote partnership between local governments and community towards better sanitation improvement.

An Eco Tank is an innovative small-scale sewerage treatment system composed of a disposal tank that receives and purifies wastewater before discharging it into the environment. The compact, ready-made septic tank works independently and without power supply using anaerobic bacteria to bio-chemically transform wastewater into a safe, non-contaminated effluent. It is capable of treating all kinds of wastewater from buildings, including toilets, sinks and kitchen as well as treating sewage of up to 750 persons a day. It can also be used to treat organic waste and turn it into compost.

An Eco-tank is a modification of the (purification tank) used in Yokohama City, Japan. CITYNET facilitated the transfer of the technology from Yokohama to Bangkok, Thailand a few years ago. Subsequently, an expert from Bangkok modified the system to adapt to local needs. With the success of Eco Tank, CITYNET initiated City-to-City (C2C) cooperation between Bangkok City and Hue City, Vietnam in 2007 to apply the technology.

Specifically, the project aims to:

Reduce water pollution from domestic sources in the selected cities
Raise public awareness on sanitation issues and about the advantages of Eco-tanks, and to train people on the proper usage of Eco-tanks
Increase community participation in solving environmental problems

During the Call for Participation, eight cities have expressed their interest to apply as beneficiary city of the project. Based on their submitted application, all cities have expressed their commitment to provide the required the necessary data for the project, delegate human resources to learn about the usage of Eco Tanks, allocate resources to organise awareness raising and information sessions, prepare necessary documentations, and participate in events to report the results of the project. Thus, the focus of selecting the beneficiary cities was on the needs of the cities to access such service. Negombo was chosen because of the absence of sewerage system in the city. On the other hand, Palembang was chosen because out of the total city area (400.61 sq. km), only 1% was covered by sewerage network. San Fernando was chosen as a third beneficiary city as it expressed the need and met the necessary requirements.

Publications

An English Leaflet introducing eco-tanks has been produced by CITYNET to promote decentralised sewerage treatment and city-to-city cooperation for distribution to local governments and partners to introduce the concept on eco-sanitation. Since the core objective of the project is to reduce water pollution from domestic sources in the beneficiary cities, the leaflets would be translated into local languages by the cities so that residents would have a better understand and knowledge of the advantages of using the system. The leaflet also aims to raise awareness on sanitation issues and the advantages of eco- tanks to involve community participation in solving environmental problems.

KLRTC 26: 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing

18 – 20 September 2013, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Malaysia

cifal_Kuala LumpurEveryone will be “seeing Green” during the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing on 18 – 20 September 2013 in Subang Jaya which is organized by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre (KLRTC) and Green Purchasing Network of Malaysia (GPNM). The three-day conference will bring together around 400 participants from national and local governments, businesses, the private sector, academe and international organizations to discuss and exchange knowledge on sustainable green development, purchasing and productivity. Resource speakers, presenters and panelists composed of high level officials and world renowned experts and practitioners in green purchasing and green productivity will share programs, strategies and critical factors for the successful attainment of a ‘green’ environment, sustainable ‘green-oriented’ policies and mechanisms and impacts of green development on the environment. Participants will examine how the roadmap for Government Green Procurement (GGP) has been implemented in advanced green purchasing countries, with a focus on strategies and techniques, such as resource productivity, eco design and private enterprises. Case studies and best practices on eco-labeling as well as green procurement and purchasing from the government and the private sector will be highlighted emphasizing ongoing initiatives, installed technology and policy reforms. The third day will be on safe and green buildings with special focus on Kuala Lumpur and sessions on fire and hazard management. The conference will also include a one-day seminar on safe and green commercial complexes and high-rise buildings.

The venue of the conference will be the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, one of Malaysia’s premier destinations for business and leisure, just 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city center.

Please email admin(at)gpnm.org for more information.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in San Fernando City and Metro La Union Seminar

December 12-17, 2013
City of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines

This six-day training course is designed to introduce local farmers in Metro La Union to organic agriculture practice, with a special focus on Korean Natural Farming (NF), a branch of sustainable agriculture practice in more than 30 countries. In addition to providing a platform for solidarity and exchange of information among farmers, the workshop will provide practical knowledge about the details of the methodology as well as information concerning the logistics involved with the transition, such as accreditation, certification, and labeling of organic products.

Natural Farming utilizes natural resources made locally by farmers themselves with natural farm by-products, aided by locally available indigenous microorganisms instead of herbicides and pesticides. Natural farming can result in more nutrient-rich agricultural products with higher productivity and minimum cost/labor by maximizing nature’s potential.

CITYNET has invited experts from the renowned J. Farming Institute in Korea, including the Founder and Chairman J. Han Kyu, who originally introduced Natural Farming in 1967, to provide intensive NF training.

The training seminar will provide government officials and NF practitioners in the Philippines with the valuable opportunity to discuss the status, challenges, and achievements of sustainable agriculture in the Philippines and stimulate discussion on the practical aspects of converting to organic natural farming.

Please see the full schedule below and contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at]citynet-ap.org for more details.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in San Fernando City and Metro La Union Brochure and Schedule

1st CITYNET Youth Workshop

An international exchange programme with Singapore National University and universities in Yokohama and Tokyo. 28 students from Singapore National University (SNU) visit Japan in their module “TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS OF TOMORROW” for 10 days programme. CITYNET and Amity Yokohama will organiese the session to have a discussion between SNU students and Japanese residents about transportation system.

Training Course on Eco-Industrial Clusters

December 2-4 2013, Tokyo, Japan

As economic competition increases across Asia and the Pacific, policy makers are searching for ways to create new industrial clusters, sustain existing ones, and revive those that are losing vigour. However, many sustainability issues challenge this and are only inclined to intensify as industrial areas grow.

In response to this dilemma, the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), with the support of CITYNET and Kawasaki City, will host a three day training course for mayors and senior government officials on the concepts and practicalities of transforming industrial clusters into successful eco-friendly economic zones. The program, through technical presentations, field visits and group discussions, will improve the capacity of policy makers to deliver integrated environmental and economic planning in their respective jurisdictions.

Course Dates: December 2nd – 4th 2013 (3 days)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Target Participants: Mayors and senior government officials from the ministries or departments of environment, industry, trade, commerce and other directly related sectors.
How to Apply: Apply online here.
Application Deadline: Monday 28th October – 18:00 Korea Standard Time (KST)

Contact Person: If you have any inquiries, please contact Toby Roycroft, Programs Officer, CITYNET Secretariat at programs1[at]citynet-ap.org.

Yokohama Waterworks Training on Water Safety

Yokohama Waterworks Bureau (YWWB) and CITYNET is coordinating the 2010 WaterworksTraining from July 4-17 and is inviting applications. The theme for this training is “Suitable Operation & Maintenance of Water Service for Water Safety Plan”. The deadline to apply is May 26, 2010.

Making IT Infrastructure Available: A Stand Alone E-learning Solution for Tansen Municipality

In September 2013, CITYNET will kick off a project in Tansen, Nepal that will provide an opportunity to students of two public schools to access internet and information technology.

The “Making IT Infrastructure Available to Peripheral Urban Areas as a Means of Enhancing Learning and Facilitating Development: A Stand Alone, Low Cost and Low Power E-learning Solution for Tansen Municipality” will upgrade the learning facilities in Shree Saraswoti Secondary School and Shree Laxmi Higher Secondary School by providing them with an IT solution that will make access to offline learning materials possible.

This project will provide:

  • Raspberry Pi Computers
  • Linux Operating System
  • Low-Cost Tablet Computers
  • Low-Power LCD Monitors

The setup for a single school will consist of one to two servers as well as a number of tablets. The exact number and type of tablet will be largely based on available funding and the evaluation of specific user needs in the early stages of the project.

The project will use the e-learning content developed by OLE Nepal (Open Learning Exchange Nepal). OLE Nepal has developed E-Pustakalaya, an education-focused digital library containing full-text documents, books, images, videos, audio files, and interactive educational software. This content is available over the internet, but for schools without internet connection as in the case of the two public schools, the content can also be accessed from a local server.

Check back for more updates soon and for further information, email info(at)citynet-ap.org.

KLRTC XVII: Integrated Urban Planning for Sustainable Urban Development

To share, exchange and learn from the experts. In particular, this training focused on enhancing the professional capacity of urban mnagers by equipping them with the understanding , knowledge and skills on sustainable urban transport management and operations. This was also an opportunity for previous KLRTC participants on transport to follow-up on their action plans.

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