Report: International Conference on Applications of Green Productivity Approaches in New and Emerging Industries, September 15-17, 2015, Taipei

International Conference Delegates

International Conference Delegates

The APO conference addressed the role of emerging industries and innovative businesses in driving green growth and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. It will discuss a variety of pertinent topics in connection with productivity improvement in tandem with environmental, social, and economic achievements. It will also discuss and make recommendations on how industries can contribute to the prospective Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. It featured world renowned resource speakers who shared the most up-to-date information on global sustainability issues and potential business solutions.

a. To share knowledge and best practices on innovative applications of the Green Productivity (GP) concept in various emerging industries and businesses, as well from consumption perspectives;
b. To share knowledge on and discuss emerging social and technological innovations that address sustainable development challenges; and
c. To discuss and recommend potential approaches to sustaiability issues in the APO region, ranging from climate change to poverty, through innovative business initiatives and/or policies supported by the GP concept.

OBJECTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION

M. Solomon, DAP

The following are the objectives of my participation to the APO conference on Green Productivity.

• To gain new ideas, significant milestones, innovations and good practices on Green Productivity;
• To learn from the sharing of the conference speakers and participants with experiences on GP;
• To apply the GP concepts, tools and techniques in future DAP projects.

J. Valera, DTI Region 4B

Personal and work-related objective is to gain new ideas or innovations or policy recommendation on Green Productivity which can be applied in the setting of MIMAROPA region particularly Palawan and Occidental Mindoro which the MSMEs in those geographic location can benefit.

PARTICIPANTS

The conference had 33 participants, nine of which came from the Republic of China. The Philippines has four participants, one from NEDA and DAP and two from DTI. The NEDA participant is an OIC-Division Chief under the Agriculture sector staff. The DTI are regional and provincial director respectively. Details as follows:

Ms. Diane Gail J. Llanto
OIC-Division Chief
National Economic and Development Authority

Ms. Flora P. Gabunales
Provincial Director
Department of Trade and Industry

Mr. Joel B. Valera
OIC Regional Director
Department of Trade and Industry Region IVB (MIMAROPA)

Ms. Marites D. Solomon
Project Officer
Center for Sustainable Human Development
Development Academy of the Philippines

SCOPE, CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY

The first day of the conference was devoted to lectures and discussion by prominent and global resource speakers. A short company visit to Taipei 101 was also done in the afternoon. We visited there the recycling area of the company. These Taipei 101 staff also presented the company’s greening initiatives. Refer to schedule below.

The second day devoted its morning schedule by country paper presentation. Each country delivered their paper in 10 minutes and Q&A for five minutes. This exchange provided a venue to share each country’s GP initiatives by new and emerging industries.

In the afternoon, the “Corporate Sustainability with IT Innovation Growth” was delivered by Ms. Christine Chiang and “Green Productivity and Sustainability –A must to the New and Emerging Industries” by Dr. Niven Huang.

The third day was devoted to site visit at E&E Recycling Co. There we saw how large appliances e.g., television sets, desktop and laptop computers, washing machine and refrigerators was disassembled, sorted, crushed and how these became “recovered or new” materials such as plastic, glass stones , aluminum and copper. Just one downside of these aside from gaining profit from waste, is that the toxic waste i.e., phosphorus content was just being thrown to the land fill. The manager of the recycling plant admitted that they have no technology to treat these toxic wastes except Japan.

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

M. Solomon, DAP

The conference was able to attain its set objectives. The resource persons were really excellent in sharing their knowledge and experiences on green productivity and on how new and emerging industries can benefit from GP.

The site visits were superb in translating the purpose and approaches of GP; from waste recycling to new “raw” materials.

The country paper presentation by the participants was able to communicate the applications of GP in each country.

The workshop was conducted to solicit inputs for statement of recommendations for the UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda happening on September 25 to 27, 2015 in New York.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

M. Solomon, DAP

We (the Filipino delegates) wished to have the following as an action plan or next steps:

Short-term plans:

1. To coordinate with NPO-Philippines to create a secretariat to study the possibility of having a One Green Productivity Organization composed of public and private practitioners, organizations, enterprises.
• This organization will be a venue for knowledge sharing, technology transfer, funding and technical assistance, dialogue between advanced and emerging industries, consolidation of lessons learned and good practices and policy development.

2. To conduct a series of consultation meetings with the different government agencies involved in GP e.g., NEDA, DAP, DTI, DOLE, DENR, DOE, etc. plus private enterprises/companies.
3. Create a database of GP practitioners.
4. Organize an annual conference for Philippine GP practitioners. This will be a venue for existing, new and emerging industries to learn new technologies, knowledge and good practices. Speakers from different Asian countries will be invited through the APO.
5. To organize and register the said organization to SEC, etc. for it to have its own juridical personality.

Long term plans:

1. Create a GP Board of Trustees.
2. Push for the creation of an Executive Order or Republic Act signed by the President. With this, creation and implementation of policies will be more meaningful.
3. Development of policies on tax incentives for GP practitioners and consuming public, etc.
4. Development and implementation of GP projects such as E-Waste recycling plant, Agritourism, Energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, etc.

J. Valera, DTI Region IV-B

Mission Recommendation and Action Plan

Localized GP programs, projects and activities of mitigating climate change:

  1. Tariff and regulatory framework to provide incentive to GP activities (coordinate with Board of Investments);
  2. Trainings and seminars on GP awareness;
  3. Encourage Government Financing Institutions to look into and finance companies’ R&D on green technology and related activities;
  4. Tax rebates and standards on consumption of resources and selling of products promoting GP;
  5. Monitoring, regulation, and improvement on forecasting of carbon emission and carbon footprints;
  6. Availability of GP advocates (pool of experts/GP advocates);
  7. Continuous learning and growth to cope with current and future trends for GP advocates, MSMEs, and other companies;
  8. Inclusion of GP in school curriculum;
  9. DAP as coordination institute on GP in the Philippines;

SUBMITTED BY

MARITES D. SOLOMON
Project Officer
Center for Sustainable Human Development
Development Academy of the Philippines

JOEL B. VALERA, CESO IV
Regional Director
Department of Trade and Industry
Region IV-B (MIMAROPA)

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