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  • Green Technologies

    Green Technologies are goods and services that improve the quality of air, water, soil, waste and noise related problems. They vary from extremely complex and expensive advanced technology (high-tech) to more simple solutions. 

    ITC’s trade related technical assistance team defines Green Technologies as environmentally supportive technologies and services, which are affordable, adaptable and available for use in - but also exportable from - developing countries.

    Green Technology - Solar Panel



    For more information and to access online resources related to ITCs Green Technologies activities, please expand this section

    Over the last twenty years Green Technologies have grown to match the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries in size - US$600 billion global market in 2008 -  and the market is expected to reach US$3,000 billion by the year 2020.

    As a result of an improving investment climate and a growing consumer base, developing countries are becoming major players in the manufacture of Green Technologies. The growth in manufacturing is in turn leading to increased potential for South-South trade development.

    Links to current publications

    • 2010 - Exporting Green Business Solutions from Developing Countries, Thailand
    • 2010 - Green Technology and Related Services, Cambodia. 

    Please note that this programme is still in its early stages and that more resources will be posted here as they are developed.

    Advisory Services

    ITC works in close collaboration with UNEP and the UN Regional Commissions (UNESCAP, UNECA, and UNECE) as well as with national industry associations and governments on Green Technologies.

    ITC’s advisory services for Green Technologies broadly have the following objectives: 

    • Facilitate trade expansion, business links in and partnerships on Green Technologies
    • Strengthen the competitiveness of Green Technologies focused SMEs in developing economies by identifying export opportunities and promoting their environmentally friendly technological solutions in international markets
    • Develop Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) to better support Green Technologies trade development
      • Increase access to information on Green Technologies markets and opportunities
      • Enhance Public-Private Dialogue on export trade development in Green Technologies


    ITC’s Trade and Environment training programmes cover six main areas. These facilitate trade, strengthen supply chains and enhance the competitiveness of environmental goods and services exporters.

    These six main training areas are:

    1. Organic food and fiber products
    2. Sustainable non-wood forest products
    3. Sustainable wood products and forest carbon trade
    4. Sustainable fishing and eco-labeled products
    5. Green Technologies and related services
    6. Environmental management

    Contact us to find out more about our training programmes.


    ITC’s Green Technologies activities concentrate on trade development and export promotion of: renewable energy, “Green Information Technology”, waste recycling and water treatment.

    Our projects involve:

    • Training in how to export and trade in Green Technologies
    • Analysis of developing countries export and trade needs and provision of market analysis tools
    • The publishing of specialized market briefs on Green Technologies for SME exporters
    • Facilitating access for TSIs and SMEs to information on the Green Technologies market
    • Training TSIs and business executives on trade in Green Technologies:
    • Workshops on customer support; product design and adaptation; market requirements, marketing processes and techniques
    • Study tours to country-partners of the progra
    • Promoting Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on exporting Green Technologies
    • Facilitation of networking among environmental technology industries
    • Developing a Green Technologies Internet-based collaborative platform
    • Organizing business networking events to exhibit Green Technologies solutions
    • Arranging trade missions to match potential business partners
    • Facilitating new and enhancing existing Green Technologies associations
    • Set up Virtual Trade Shows for exporters of Green Technologies

    Beneficiary countries of the programme to date:

    2008-2009:Thailand and India.

    2010-2011: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and South Africa.

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