Industrial Transformation in Asia

Note: The IT Asia project has been completed

Asia is in the midst of an urban-industrial-led development transition unparalleled in its scale and intensity, which has the potential of radically impacting the regional and global environment. The challenge lies in shifting patterns of economic development and urban-industrial systems that are less energy, materials, pollution and water intensive but which will still accommodate needs of economic development.

The IT/Asia project was implemented with the primary objective of engaging a network of Asian researchers and institutions, and other international partners in examining key issues of industrial transformation including:

  • Assessment of energy intensities of various industrial sectors;
  • Evaluation of strategies for reduction of energy, emissions, and material consumption;
  • Legal, financial, social, informational and institutional barriers to technology transfer and adoption;
  • Role of public policy and private sector in promoting adoption of energy/material efficient technologies; and
  • Integration of economic and environmental policies to reduce energy and material consumption.

The IT/Asia project concluded in 2007. Project achievements include an East Asian industrial-environmental benchmarking study; an energy consumption study of the Asian information technology infrastructure; an assessment of the impact of global firm-based standards on the diffusion of new and cleaner process technologies in the Chinese pulp and paper industry; development of technology roadmaps and efficiency targets to manage energy demand of Chinese steel manufacturing; implementation of the research workshop – “Globalization, Technology Transfer and Energy Efficiency of Energy Intensive Industries in Asia”; assessment of opportunities for reducing energy use in the cement pulp and paper industries in India; examining corporate energy strategies in an era of soaring oil prices; and organization of a START – UNU Joint Symposium on Energy and Sustainability in Asia in Tokyo, Japan, January 2007. The project final report included policy recommendations to enable a transition to a more environmentally friendly and low carbon pathways for the sectors addressed.

The IT/Asia project was funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan and co-sponsored by IT/IHDP and the UNU. The project office is located at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan.

For more information, contact Jyoti Kulkarni, 

Last Updated on September 7th, 2012