Like some members of the Australian cricket team, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (let’s call them UNIDO for short) has been up to some interesting stuff in India.
In a flurry of glitter cannons and bikini’d lovelies holding an oversized cheque (oh, alright, probably in a meeting between a load of sober-suited men) UNIDO dished out $42 million to India to help boost competitiveness and productivity of industrial enterprises in the country – with a great big fat emphasis on making industry green.
Here’s what the program is hoping to give India a helping hand in:
- Induction of clean technologies, which would be done in the broader context of “industry and Climate Change” and aim at developing a clean-green industry.
- Introduction of energy efficiency and conservation in industry.
- Acquisition, assimilation and development of new manufacturing technologies.
- Water conservation practices.
Apparently SMEs will be the big focus of the program, as will concepts and demonstrations in India’s eco-cities. Renewable energy, energy efficiency and waste management pilots will get the nod, as will eco-business partnerships.