UNIDO’s 4th GREEN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Industry and cities have a symbiotic and mutually reinforcing relationship, and their interdependence is projected to increase in fast-growing economies. Industry has played a key role in the development of cities, revitalizing deprived urban areas, boosting productivity, creating employment opportunities and, ultimately, influencing migration flows. Cities, in turn, have provided economies of scale, labour pools, networks, education and innovative ideas. Industry and cities are also largely contributing to global CO2 emissions, resource depletion and intensified energy use.
By 2050, urban areas will grow and accommodate an additional two billion people. Today, more than ever, integrating industrial and urban policies and strategies, and making them innovative and resource efficient is imperative for the successful pursuit of environmental sustainability, economic growth, higher productivity and job creation. At the 4th Green Industry Conference: Innovative, Inclusive and Sustainable Industry for Smart Cities, some 500 practitioners from city, provincial and central governments, industry, academia and civil society will explore the interdependence between industry and cities in the context of resource efficiency, green technology and eco-innovation.
The Conference will be held from 28 - 30 June 2016 in Ulsan, Republic of Korea. It is jointly organized by the Ulsan Metropolitan City, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) and UNIDO, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of Korea. The city of Ulsan – the best example of an industrial hub in Korea – has been very successful in converting existing facilities into eco-industrial parks through inter-industry waste, energy, and material exchange. A special feature of the Conference will provide insights into Ulsan’s success story, with site visits to state-of-the-art manufacturing sites.