Vietnam strives for “low-carbon economy”

Saturday, 2018-09-29 12:05:41
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Delegates discuss at the event (photo: dcc.gov.vn)
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NDO – Vietnam is moving towards a “low-carbon economy”, said Dr. Tang TheCuong, Director of the Department of Climate Change under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) at a high level panel discussion on climate change.

The event was jointly held by the MONRE and the European Union Delegation to Vietnam in Hanoi, on September 28,and was among the activities in response to the European Climate Diplomacy Week.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Le Cong Thanh, spoke highly of the organisation of the European Climate Diplomacy Week in Vietnam and the high level panel discussion on climate change which will help to enhance public awareness on climate change.

He noted that Vietnam is joining the global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has pledged to reduce at least 8% of its gas emissions by 2030 and can cut up to 25% of gas emissions with support of the international community.

Thanh said that Vietnam is improving its legal system, technical capacity, coordination mechanisms and international cooperation, in addition to promoting the participation of the private sector in implementing solutions to cope with climate change.

According to Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, all participants in climate change adaptation must change, including the government’s changes in the economic development model, enterprises’ changes in the way of doing business and the changes of each individual in the community, and others.

Meanwhile Ambassador Bruno Angelet, head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, said that the EU Delegation will prioritise using up to 60% of its funds to support Vietnam’s transition to clean energy and technology to accelerate the pace of gas emission reduction in the future.

Dr. Tang The Cuong added that 50 out of 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam have issued plans to respond to climate change in accordance with the Paris Agreement. He noted that Vietnam is actively implementing the roadmap to reduce emissions in line with economic development towards a “low-carbon economy”.