Sustainable product innovation for 500 companies in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
The Sustainable Product Innovation Project (SPIN) is funded by the European Union and implemented together with other partners: the Delft University of Technology (TUD), Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Asian Institute of Technology Vietnam (AITVN) from April 2010 until December 2013. The Project has been deployed for 500 businesses in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in food processing, textile, footwear, handicraft and furniture to develop and produce more sustainable and advance products. So far, 110 small and medium enterprises in Vietnam have manufactured environmentally friendly products.
SPIN aims at promoting the flexible production to cope with resource scarcity and environmental factors by combining production process with the effective use of non-renewable resources, and finding alternative resources as well as re-use of scarce resources which are not destroyed. This is very important for sustainable economic growth of a nation as well as for the industry’s competitiveness. Ms. Janet Salem, United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia-Pacific says the overall objectives of this project is to build awareness and national capacity for government officials in the three countries in approach to support sustainable products policy as well as the development of tools, mechanisms and institutions.
TBR (English edition I-2013-VEM)