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MPI to expand eco-industrial park model
By Le Hoang
Friday,  Nov 9, 2018,16:00 (GMT+7)

MPI to expand eco-industrial park model

By Le Hoang

Foreign experts and businessmen discuss the eco-industrial park model on the sidelines of the seminar - PHOTO: HUNG LE

HCMC – After a pilot program to deploy an eco-industrial park model and the launch of policies and regulations on eco-industrial park projects, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is expected to expand the model to enhance the efficiency of resources, protect the environment and develop the model system sustainably.

Speaking at a two-day seminar held in HCMC, which concludes today, November 9, on the eco-industrial parks in Vietnam, Vu Quoc Huy from the ministry's Economic Zone Management said that after some four years of running the pilot program in three industrial zones in Ninh Binh Province and Danang and Can Tho cities, some 72 participating enterprises in the three zones effectively applied the solution of “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production,” helping save VND75 billion each year from a reduction of 17.8 million kWh of electricity, 429,000 cubic meters of water and large amounts of other materials.

The program benefited the environment with the elimination of 24.9 tons of carbon dioxide, four tons of chemicals, 3,335 tons of solid waste and 429,000 cubic meters of wastewater each year, Huy said.

Tran Duy Dong, a senior official from MPI, said that the program had brought about a host of positive effects: raising awareness of eco-industrial parks, fostering the development of participating firms and efficiently utilizing energy resources.

As such, the ministry will roll out the model across the country and transform existing industrial parks into eco-industrial ones, Dong noted.

Dong also underscored the Government’s efforts to issue Decree 82/2018ND-CP, dated May 22, on the management of industrial and economic zones to introduce regulations on eco-industrial parks in Vietnam.

At the seminar, international experts praised Vietnam’s policies on developing the eco-industrial park model for the first time.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, as of end-2017, Vietnam was home to 326 industrial parks and processing areas. However, industrial manufacturing operations are posing multiple challenges for the environment and residents’ health as some 13% of operational industrial parks have yet to build a wastewater treatment plant and 20% of industrial waste is toxic.

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