UNIDO: Industry, Environment & Energy

Established in 1966 the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO) is an unido flagautonomous body within the United Nations whose mission is to promote and accelerate the industrialization of developing countries. The Organization carries out two core functions: as a global forum, it generates and disseminates industry-related knowledge; as a technical cooperation agency, it provides technical support and implements projects. It also has an international  program on Environment and Energy. (Click here for program background.)


While industry is a key source of the economic growth needed to fight poverty, it is also the cause of much environmental degradation. UNIDO helps to protect the environment by reducing industrial pollution, seeking new and cleaner technologies for industry and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Environment and energy
Energy is a prerequisite for poverty reduction. Still, fundamental changes in the way societies produce and consume are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development. UNIDO therefore promotes sustainable patterns of industrial consumption and production.

As a leading provider of services for improved industrial energy efficiency and sustainability, UNIDO assists developing countries and transition economies in implementing multilateral environmental agreements and in simultaneously reaching their economic and environmental goals. Through this thematic priority, UNIDO mainly addresses MDG7 (Ensure Environmental Protection).

MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Protection

The current unsustainable patterns of production and consumption must be changed in the interest of our future welfare and that of our descendants

– Millennium Declaration

The global economy has adopted patterns of growth that are driving our consumption of materials and energy beyond the limits of what is available on our planet. Industry as a sector, designing and manufacturing goods that our economies consume, has a key responsibility for this. Many enterprises use more materials and energy than their production processes require. They continue to use obsolete and inefficient technologies and fail to adopt proper management systems. This is particularly true of SMEs and industry in developing countries, both a reflection and a cause of lower levels of development.

For MDG7, UNIDO’s response is to actively foster the flows of information, experience, expertise and equipment between countries that hold the key to transfers of technology for both climate change mitigation and adaptation: the adoption of renewable energy sources, as well as energy efficiency are key for addressing climate change through moving economies onto a lower carbon path.

UNIDO activities that directly relate to MDG7:

•    National Cleaner Production Centres
•    Renewable Energy
•    Industrial Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
•    Energy Policy and Partnership
•    Cleaner and Sustainable Production
•    Water Management
•    Montreal Protocol (see more information here)
•    Stockholm Convention

To view a selection of field projects, click here.

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