Participation of Antonio Tajani, to the Forum on Eco-innovation, in Hanoi: extracts from the closing remarks
Hanoi - Hilton Opera Hotel
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, went on a Mission for Growth in South East Asia in November 2013 with a delegation of 100 enterprises and representatives of associations of EU companies. On 13 November, he delivered a closing speech at the European Forum on Eco-innovation in Hanoi, Vietnam. The event, entitled "Cutting waste… Resource efficiency and eco-innovation for sustainable food chains", gathered European and Asian actors from the private and public sectors, technical institutions and intermediaries working with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to better understand the impact of food waste and the potential of resource efficiency and eco-innovation measures to create new business opportunities, as well as positive environmental and social benefits along the entire supply chain, with a particular focus on processing, packaging and retailing.
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||Banner "EcoAP: Eco-Innovation Action Plan for a sustainable future"
||Arrival of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, on the podium
||General view of the conference room
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH): Increasing resource efficiency can open up significant economic opportunities for future growth and jobs, not just in the green tech sectors but across the wider economy as it contributes to increase productivity, to lower costs and to boost competitiveness.A strong European and global industrial base that can continue to contribute to wealth and job creation will depend on our ability to respond to the increasing shortage of certain resources. It will also depend, on our ability to find industrial efficiencies along value chains. In the food supply chain in particular, greater consideration to resource efficiency will have a positive effect both on business and consumers.
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||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH): The transition to a greener economy therefore requires co-operation amongst all stakeholders: governments, businesses, researchers and citizens.Food-supply and food-processing companies need to see the business opportunity instead of considering resource efficiency as an external challenge. This requires, for example, better collaboration across the supply chain and more efficient production processes. The relationship between provider and customer could also change from selling a product to selling the use a product can have.Citizens -in their role of consumers- also have a major role in reducing the impact of their purchases through their choices.
||Cutaway of small flags on a table, and of the audience (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH): The recommendations you developed during this Forum will help us shape the right policies to support a sustainable food supply chain for the future as well as the ways in which to address the challenges this sector faces across the globe.This Forum has shown us the potential for cooperation to deliver more sustainable growth models and the wealth of experiences, policies and best practices that already exist.
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