IEEM gGmbH - Institut für Umwelttechnik und Management an der Universität Witten/Herdecke

Facilitating Environmental Management and Investment by Polluting Industry in Thailand (FEMIPI)

Projekttitel: Facilitating Environmental Management and Investment
by Polluting Industry (FEMIPI) in Thailand
Projektleiter: Prof. Dr. mult. Karl-Ulrich Rudolph
Projektpartner: Aqua Europ, FTI, GTCC
Förderer: EU Commission (EU Asia Invest)
Kennzeichen: TH/Asia Invest06 (133-524)
Projektlaufzeit: Mai 2007 - Juli 2009


Idea / Objectives

The main objective of the project is institutional capacity building of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) regarding the development, production, marketing and application of Water Pollution Control Systems (WPCS) adapted to the situation of polluting industries especially SMEs in Thailand. Thailand has a rapidly growing community of industries active in a number of polluting sectors. To mitigate their environmental impacts, these industries need adapted and low cost pollution control systems best found in WPCS solutions. Europe is the seat of numerous environmental technology developers and WPCS solution providers. The project shall assist FTI to develop value adding consultancy to Thai industries in two complementary directions:

  1. the design of locally adapted WPCS technology solutions adapted to the demand of industries in most polluting sectors in Thailand and
  2. the stimulation of the production of adapted WPCS solutions in Thailand in co-operation with EU technology partners.

The project shall first review the current environmental technology performance and gaps of specific Industries in high polluting industrial sectors (chemicals, food and non ferrous metals and galvanic). It shall categorize the practical demand for WPCS solutions, specify processes and performance and identify potential buyers of low-cost but efficient WPCS solutions in these selective polluting industrial sectors. It shall also mobilise Thai entrepreneurs, members of FTI that could become domestic producers of WPCS for the Thai market in partnership with EU providers. The project shall then under the umbrella of FTI structure and implement training courses and consultancy services to industrial members of FTI in the fields of environmental regulation, management and technologies. For Thai industries interested to produce WPCS, the project shall search for EU technology partners and accompany a study tour in the EU for a small number of most committed Thai entrepreneurs. The project shall finally assist FTI develop and test a marketing strategy and visibility campaign of the value of WPCS solutions to Thai industries.

The overarching objective of the project is to provide support to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) to help it design value adding support services to polluting industries in specific sectors. Its aim is very practical. It is to allow a wide circle of Thai industries especially SMEs to understand the costs and benefits of efficient pollution control systems, to design for them locally adapted, low cost and efficient WPCS solutions, to encourage Thai companies to produce such systems together with EU partners and to therefore position FTI as the key facilitator for the broad uptake of locally build WPCS solutions by companies in a variety of polluting sectors.

Such assistance will stimulate the dissemination of EU inspired WPCS models and the design and industrial production in Thailand of efficient and low cost pollution control solutions addressing the specific demands of groups of polluting Thai companies which so far have been reluctant or incapable of addressing efficiently their environmental impacts due to lack of resources and environmental management guidance (mostly SMEs). This is expected to encourage the development of real cooperative business ventures between EU provider of environmental technology solutions and Thai enterprising SMEs for the production of WPCS for the Thai domestic market.