Hungary, Budapest

Green Industry: Pathways Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

when 11 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

The course provides an opportunity to reflect on technical and policy level measures that improve industry’s environmental performance. Its overall objective is to raise participants’ awareness of solutions that help turn the “green industry” concept into practice and bolster its sustainability. Besides outcomes, there will also be an emphasis on green industry as a transition process that ‘bends the curve’ of conventional development towards green industry objectives over time. Course faculty has been selected based on the balance of academic excellence and practical experience.

Pradeep Monga, UNIDO
Edward Clarence-Smith, UNIDO
Zoltan Illes, CEU
Stephan Sicars, UNIDO

Course design

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach starting with a distance learning component which will comprise a number of readings and their moderated, online, discussion in an asynchronous format. Participants will also identify a green economy case from their jurisdiction or organization, and based on that develop a brief case study in a common format. The distance learning component with about 100 participants will help ensure the development of a common terminology and grounding in green industry, resource efficiency and related concepts. Participation in the online discussions, performance in an online test and the relevance and quality of their case study, including their proficiency of written and spoken English, will serve as a basis for selecting a subset of ca. 25 participants for the face-to-face component of the course.

The two-week residential component of the course will make use of a dynamic mix of lecture-based and active-learning, participatory methods, customized to meet the needs of an advanced interdisciplinary program. The delivery of the program will be supported by information tools such as a database of key literature and case studies, a discussion forum and a shared virtual workspace. Participants will focus on understanding and applying environmental and environment-related management methods and tools in support of green industry goals and objectives. Seminars and group discussions will use case studies, peer reviews and exercises to develop skills and effectiveness in designing and implementing policies, strategies and projects related to sustainable industrial development.

Course leader

Jacek Cukrowski
UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria
Laszlo Pinter
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Interna

Target group

The target audience includes:

1. Emerging, second-in-line young leaders in the public or private sector responsible for managing policy or operations related to Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP).

2. Members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), involved in environmental advocacy and staff from industry, support institutions responsible for giving advice/counsel to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) on RECP methodologies, environmental management systems (EMS), low carbon measures, eco-design, etc.

3. PhD students and researchers focused on technical and/or policy aspects of green industry.

Please note that no present or former UNIDO staff, consultants or interns and no alumni of other UNIDO Institute trainings are eligible to apply.

Participants will be expected to arrive with an understanding of global and national framework conditions for green industrial development. They will also be expected to be familiar with core concepts of environmental management, green industry and resource efficiency through advanced studies, reading, research and/or practice.

Course aim

Course objectives:

Reflect on the necessary parameters of governance systems (strategies, policies, laws and regulations) for green industrial development, including cleaner and resource efficient production. Achieving low carbon and efficient material use paths for industrial development is a key aspect.
Outline practical feasibility of technical requirements and policy measures for promoting green industry.
Discuss how enterprises can successfully tackle key challenges that prevent them from commercializing green industry-related products and services.
Delineate the essential institutional platforms for promoting “green industry”. Apart from promoting cleaner and resource efficient production, such institutions should offer counsel on the development and deployment of economically viable, socially appropriate and environmentally sustainable green technologies.
Enable participants to construct and make use of green industry strategies that help meet specific future environmental goals and targets.

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 550: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)