HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Construction signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Finance Corporation yesterday on implementing the Building Energy Efficiency Code of Viet Nam.
The ministry issued the code in 2005, aiming to improve energy efficiency in the engineering sector to reduce costs and greenhouse-gas emissions.
However, according to Nguyen Cong Thinh from the ministry's Department of Science, Technology and Environment, the code has not been widely implemented due to a lack of both specific instructions and enforcement.
Making the comments at the MoU's signing ceremony, Thinh said specific instructions will be published at the end of this year.
About 15 per cent of energy consumption per square metre of floor space is expected to be saved by 2017 in new buildings. Thinh said.
Authorities plan to have officials from construction departments in 63 localities along with teachers and students from the universities of architecture and construction in Ha Noi and HCM to be provided with more knowledge on energy efficiency.
Deputy Minister Phan Thi My Linh said the four-year MoU, which is set to end in June 2017, aims to help Viet Nam improve national strategies on green growth and energy efficiency.
Wendy Werner, the IFC's investment climate change advisory services manager for East Asia and the Pacific, said a greater focus on energy efficiency will help building developers reduce operating costs and contribute to low-carbon economic growth.
According to Thinh, the engineering sector now accounts for about 36 per cent of national energy consumption.
The MoU has been implemented in partnership with the Government of Switzerland. — VNS