HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Industry and Trade yesterday officially launched a campaign to reduce energy consumption by industrial sectors and State agencies.
The campaign, which will run until 2015, aimed to cut national energy consumption by 5-8 per cent, said the organiser (MoIT).
With technical support from the Embassy of Denmark in Viet Nam and International Finance Corporation, the campaign will focus on raising awareness and supporting key energy consumers in making improvements.
"MoIT considers the campaign to be one of the focuses of the National Programme on Energy Efficiency, as it is necessary to fulfill Viet Nam's goal of building a green economy," said Tran Tuan Anh, deputy minister of MoIT.
Danish Ambassador John Nielsen added: "I believe a concerted effort between State agencies and the business sector can improve energy efficiency, bring higher revenues for companies and contribute to more sustainable economic growth in Viet Nam as well as the global fight against climate change."
Within the campaign's framework, a variety of business-oriented communication activities will be carried out to raise companies' awareness of energy efficiency benefits such as reductions in production costs, enhanced competitiveness and improvements in prestige and image.
Participating companies will be provided with technical assistance on energy audits and access to various financial resources, both direct government funding and funding from local financial institutions which have energy efficiency financing programmes.
"More and more companies are now realising that energy efficiency and cleaner production bring them not only direct economic benefits, but also help reduce their environmental footprint and enhance their reputation in the market," said Simon Andrews, IFC regional manager for Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
Energy usage contributes up to 35 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions in Viet Nam and the country has committed to reduce emissions, the workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) heard on the same day.
NAMA contains a set of policies and actions that countries of ASEAN+3 (10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus China, Japan and South Korea) have undertaken as part of a commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Government has approved a target programme in the second phase of 2012-15 with a fund from the State Budget of VND350 billion (US$16.7 million).
Under the programme, four most energy-hungry industries – cement, steel, paper and chemical production – have been ordered to use energy-efficient equipment.
All public high-rise buildings built in 2012 also have to obey energy-efficiency regulations.
In addition, Viet Nam has two pilot mitigation projects under ASEAN+3. The first project, worth $1.97 million, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cement production. The second project, worth $67,000, has targeted the waste management. — VNS