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.

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