How to advance green industry in the context of sustainable cities was the theme of the fourth Green Industry conference that took place in Ulsan, Republic of Korea, from 28 to 30 June.
The conference titled, ‘green industry for sustainable cities’ was jointly organized by and Ulsan Metropolitan City and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, the Small and Medium Business Administration, the Korea Energy Agency, the National Research Council of Science and Technology and the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group.
It brought together around 400 participants, including high-level government officials, representatives of the private sector, industry associations, academia and civil society, to explore the interdependence between industry and cities in the context of resource efficiency, green technology and eco-innovation.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference with a video message, remarking that “cities are going to play a pivotal part in making [the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] a reality”.
The conference began with two days of panels and plenaries in which participants discussed topics ranging from low-carbon transport and energy, the circular economy, and the Korean green strategy in urban industrial areas. Afterwards, participants presented the Ulsan Statement which will serve as a reference document for future discussion on city-level green industry initiatives.