Perspective from the UN Industrial Development Organisation
– René Van Berkel-
René VAN BERKEL is Unit Chief, Industrial Resource Efficiency with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) based in Vienna, Austria. He is responsible for UNIDO’s contribution to the global Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production program, operational in some 50 emerging and developing countries. Prior to joining UNIDO in 2008, René Van Berkel held various academic positions in Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands. He has over 20 years experience as consultant, trainer and researcher on cleaner production, eco-efficiency, industrial symbiosis and corporate sustainability. He is an environmental scientist by education and holds a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Throughout his career, René Van Berkel has worked at the interface of academia, government and industry to foster the application of cleaner production, eco-efficiency and industrial ecology practices and techniques in a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, minerals, agriculture, food and beverages, health and services and craft. Since 1993 he has been active in fostering the adaptation and adoption of cleaner production and industrial ecology in developing and emerging economies, in particular in Asia and Eastern Europe.