Green Industry: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development

24 November – 1 December 2015 | Bahrain

Already for the second time, the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, together with the University of Bahrain (UoB) and the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) / Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment (AICEI) in Bahrain, with support from the Supreme Council for Environment of the Kingdom of Bahrain, organized a professional programme on green industry and sustainable energy solutions in Manama, Bahrain.

The 8-day programme took place at the Zain E- learning Centre of the University of Bahrain, under the patronage of Dr. Ibrahim Janahi, President of the University.

The course included about 30 professionals from African and Arab States in the fields of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP), members of NGOs involved in environmental advocacy, academics with a background in technical or policy related studies in green industry, institutions which assist SMEs in the implementation of RECP methods, environmental management systems, low carbon measures and eco-design.

Course Content

The following topics were – inter alia – covered during the course:

  • Global development agenda and Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial  Development
  • The green building industry
  • Introduction to best energy efficiency practices and available technologies
  • Overview of renewable energy technologies
  • Energy policies and instruments
  • Developing energy indicators and benchmarking
  • Designing financing packages and public private partnerships
  • Building the capacity of qualified energy experts
  • Introduction to resource efficiency and cleaner production
  • Introduction to eco-industrial parks
  • ISO 14000 series: introduction to environmental management standards, Life cycle assessments and GHG accounting
  • Industrial waste minimization and low carbon production in selected manufacturing sectors
  • Eco-design
  • Women entrepreneurship for inclusive and sustainable industrial development

Furthermore, a case study exercise was conducted throughout every course. In 4 sessions, participants were asked to work in groups to develop a green industry sectoral strategy. Sample cases included the cement industry in South Africa, the textiles industry in Ghana, the fertilizers industry in Tunisia, the bio-energy industry in Senegal, the iron and steel industry in Egypt and the aluminium industry in Bahrain.

The course included a field trip to the Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Co. and a garment factory within the Baytik Industrial Oasis.

Course Faculty

Lecturers/presenters included:

  • Smail Alhalili (PTC/ENV)
  • Rana Ghoneim (PTC/ENE)
  • Amer Barghouth (Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, RCREEE, Egypt)
  • Frank O’Connor, Sustainable Designer & Social Entrepreneur (UK)
  • Naser W. Alnaser (University of Bahrain)
  • Jacek Cukrowski (PRF/RSI/CDI)
  • Franz Brugger (PRF/RSI/CDI)


For a complete list of course alumni, please access this page.

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