In this era of globalization, new products and services are introduced daily with the rapid advancement of technology, and thus, eco-innovation became important in order for the global society to respond to and overcome problems such as climate change, low-efficiency and resource crisis. ‘Eco-innovation’ is known as ‘new modified process, techniques, practices, systems, and products that avoid or reduce environmental harm for sustainable development.’ Developed nations recognized eco-innovative technologies tackling climate change and other environmental problems as a driving force in creating new industry and job since long ago, and they accelerated their efforts in preoccupying this global market ever since.
In order for countries to succeed in the global eco market, they need to be proven successful in their own domestic markets first; therefore, it is important for governments to actively engage in fostering domestic eco markets. Moreover, in achieving eco-innovation, government regulations should be predictable, consistent, challenging with realistic targets at the same time. In addition, market promotion measures for eco technology innovation must be technology-neutral in not pressuring companies to use certain technologies only.
In traditional environmental industry, technology innovation mainly focused on end-of-pipe technology or treatment methods; however, the focus is now moved to sustainable consumption and production for resource management and clean production. From an industry perspective, ‘environmental technologies are defined as ‘all industrial goods and services that: i) foster environmental protection and physical resource efficiency in industrial settings; ii) generate compliance with environmental regulations; iii) prevent or mitigate pollution; iv) manage or reduce waste streams; v) remediate contaminated sites; vi) design, develop and operate environmental infrastructure; and vii) afford the provision and delivery of environmental resources.’
Sound scientific and manageable solutions are required not only for emerging environmental issues, but also for shortcomings in existing environmental policies. The International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL) in Jeju will provide workshop participants with information and understanding of the concept of eco-innovation, environmental technologies, sustainable production and consumption, resource efficiency and green policy and management.
The workshop aims to enable participants to understand and evaluate different approaches to environmental innovation through concepts such as eco-innovation, environmental consulting and engineering, technical assistance for regulatory development, environmental management and government resources coordination.
At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
- Construct a clearer picture of eco-innovation and its significance in environmental management
- Identify various environmental governance challenges faced by developing countries
- Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of sustainable consumption and production through resource efficiency
- Discuss issues on green transportation, infrastructure and industry development
- Recognize and apply green policy and management strategies to different situations
The training will address the following topics:
- Topic 1: eco-innovation
- Topic 2: green energy and industry
- Topic 3: green transportation and infrastructure development
- Topic 4: smart city and agriculture
- Topic 5: sustainable production and consumption for resource efficiency
- Topic 6: green policy and management
The training will be delivered through:
- Presentations and discussions
- Self-assessment exercises and group work
- UNITAR ‘City-Share methodology’ and study visit
The targeted audience includes central/local government officials and experts from Asia and the Pacific working in the areas of environment, energy, transportation, industry, urban planning and other related areas.