By THE NATION
The authority has employed key performance indicators in ecological aspects to evaluate industrial estates nationwide and grade them in hierarchical categories – Eco-World Class, Eco-Excellence and Eco-Champion based on their ecological capabilities, she said.
“We use 22 indicators in five different aspects, such as waste water treatment capability using reverse osmosis technology, the use of renewable materials as raw materials or fuels, and adding value to agricultural waste to generate income for local communities,” she said.
“This year, 34 industrial estates have been awarded the Eco-Champion title – the first step toward higher ecological standards, while 13 were upgraded to Eco-Excellence and three were named Eco-World Class.”
Apart from the eco titles, the IEAT has also granted certification of ecological efficiency to 29 factories and three industrial ports, as well as certificates of water footprint management to seven factories.
“From 2021-2025, IEAT is planning to extend evaluations to cover five more industrial estates nationwide,” she added.
The awards and certifications were presented during a recent seminar titled “Eco Innovation Forum 2020”, which the IEAT organised in cooperation with the Federation of Thai Industries. Industry Ministry deputy permanent secretary Phanuwat Triyangkulsri presided over the event.