HCM City seminar launches emission reduction project

Saturday, 2018-04-14 11:44:58
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NDO/VNA – A seminar was held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 13 to launch a 2018 Project to Support the Planning and Implementation of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (SPI-NAMA).

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s Office in Vietnam.

Speaking at the event, the representative of the municipal Climate Change Office Nguyen Huy Phuong said that Ho Chi Minh City records huge emissions, with 38.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, accounting for nearly 13% of the country’s total.

He said that the city plans to refine its legal regulations on emissions reduction, enhance its global cooperation, attract investment and improve its management in the field.

Chief of the SPI-NAMA project’s short-term research group Makoto Kato suggested saving energy by installing solar panels on high-rise buildings, using rapid buses and urban railways instead of personal vehicles, collecting exhaust fumes in landfills to manufacture organic fertiliser, recycle urban solid wastes, and collect fowl and cattle droppings to manufacture biogas.

Luong Quang Huy, chief of the Greenhouse Emission Reduction Office under the MONRE’s Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change said that, under the greenhouse emissions scenario, Vietnam will emit 400 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2018, 500 million tonnes by 2020, 600 million tonnes by 2025 and 800 million tonnes by 2030.

He said that, from 2021-2030, Vietnam has pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 8%, or nearly 62 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, with only domestic resources, and 25% with global support in the fields of energy, transport, agriculture and wastes.

By 2025, the country will reduce its greenhouse emission by 45%, increase the use of renewable energy to 44% and forest coverage by more than 50%.

In order to achieve the above targets, Vietnam has taken 45 mitigation measures with the use of necessary resources and technology.

The MoNRE has submitted a Decree on a greenhouse emissions roadmap to the Prime Minister for approval this year.