Eco-Industrial Park Is Future of Industry

10:51:23 AM | 11/12/2020

Vietnamese manufacturing industry has witnessed a growing arrival of global high-tech brands like Pegatron, Universal Scientific Industrial, Foxconn. A noticeably positive pattern about this trend is that more and more investors are increasingly becoming vocal about their interest in partnering with companies that take sustainability seriously.

In fact, it is these industry leaders who are leading the way in the manufacturing sustainability movement as they will look for a partner that matches the same level of sustainability.

As a result, local businesses in Vietnam, and industrial park developers in particular are adapting to international standards to attract these “eagles”. Although it can be tricky for industrial parks to balance profitability, concern for the environment, and social commitments, there are still multiple ways they can do to stay sustainable.

On November 20, the “Eco-industrial Park Intervention in Vietnam – Perspective from the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme” project was launched in Ho Chi Minh City by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). At the workshop, five industrial parks across the country were chosen to implement eco-industrial park initiatives. The project will be carried out in a period of three years with an aim to establish a more sustainable industrial park model and pave the way to the replication of this model across Vietnam in the coming years.

One of the five pilot industrial parks is DEEP C Hai Phong I (also known as Dinh Vu Industrial Zone), the first footprint of DEEP C group in Vietnam. The industrial park cluster has gained the reputation as the only European-managed industrial park in Vietnam, with compatible European quality in all business aspects, from general infrastructures, utilities supply to park operations. Located in Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province, DEEP C Industrial Zones is the northern representative of the project.

Long before the recent selection, DEEP C implemented their sustainability strategy on three pillars: economic growth, environmental and social impact. Their main goal is taking the complexity out of investing in Vietnam while achieving common sustainability goals with investors. Overall, driving economic growth in a sustainable manner for DEEP C, investors and the local community.

Depending on the nature of each industrial park, the developers can adopt different practices to stay sustainable. For DEEP C, they are the first industrial park to make a road from recycled plastics and smart electricity grid possible in Vietnam. The recycled plastics road currently lies in DEEP C Hai Phong II Industrial Zone. The group is now working on the generation of renewable energy from rooftop solar panel and wind turbine. By 2030, it aims to supply 50% of energy demand within its industrial park. Sustainability is also present in reusing treated wastewater for various industrial purposes such as cooling tower of tenants, preserving mangrove forest along our port area as a natural buffering.

Construction work is complied with our strict standards on safety and environment before, during and after construction such as innovation (road made from plastics), sustainable sourcing of materials (containers), sustainable sites, energy efficiency (optimizing solar and wind energy), indoor environment quality, water efficiency, etc.

Its new office, also known as DEEP C service complex will be built by attaching used shipping containers together with steel. This will serve as an example of how to repurpose the huge steel boxes as an alternative to traditional construction materials. In the years to come, not only this complex but also all DEEP C’s ready-built factories in Quang Ninh will be built to LEED standards.

“We believe that the eco-industrial park is the future of the industry and are happy to raise the standards for developing infrastructures inside industrial parks and spread the benefits of eco-manufacturing. Sure it’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for the image, the quality of working and living, and it’s cost-saving for the maintenance and operations,” said Koen Soenens, General Sales and Marketing Director at DEEP C Industrial Zones.

DEEP C Industrial Zones launched its base in Hai Phong city, Vietnam in 1997 with the development project of Dinh Vu Industrial Zone (nowadays known as DEEP C Hai Phong I), a collaboration between Belgian group Rent-A-Port and Hai Phong People’s Committee.

Over the past 23 years, DEEP C has evolved to be one of the largest industrial park developers in Vietnam with 5 sub-zones covering 3,400 ha of industrial land, forming an industrial cluster in Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province – the most dynamic growing region in North Vietnam. To date, DEEP C Industrial Zones are home to 120+ projects with a total investment of US$4.5 billion, backed by multinational companies like Bridgestone, Idemitsu, Knauf, Chevron. 

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Source: Vietnam Business Forum