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Swedish clean technology promotes sustainable development

Update: September, 16/2013 - 17:32
Vietnamese and Swedish companies seek understanding about clean technology at a seminar held on Monday in HCM City. — VNS Photo

by Quynh Hoa

HCM CITY (VNS) – Clean technology from Sweden is expected to help Viet Nam reduce environment pollution, save energy and cut down on business expenses, the deputy director of HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) said at a seminar held on Monday in HCM City.

Nguyen Van Phuoc spoke at the event organised by the Center for Environmental Technology Cooperation (CENTEC) in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden and the DNRE.

Phuoc said Viet Nam was seeking new green and clean technology solutions to improve the environmental situation and increase productivity.

It has increasingly become necessary and important in the context of global climate change.

The seminar, which attracted participation of 12 Swedish firms and more than 300 Vietnamese enterprises, provided opportunities for local companies to seek understanding about Swedish technology and for Swedish firms to access the Vietnamese market.

At the seminar, Swedish firms introduced advanced technologies in the sector of water management, waste treatment and renewable energy development.

Phuoc said Sweden and Viet Nam had established 45 years of diplomatic relations.

During this time, Sweden has developed many activities to help Viet Nam protect the environment and develop a sustainable economy.

According to the group Sustainable World Capital, Sweden is one of five countries that has the world's cleanest technology.

Currently, Sweden has 6,000 clean-tech companies in various sectors to develop sustainable solutions, aiming to meet the demand of a 9 billion people worldwide by 2050.

Maria Selin, deputy head of mission at the Swedish Embassy, told Vietnam News that Viet Nam had been badly hit by climate change and it was urgent to address problems related to pollution, air quality, waste and energy.

"Swedish enterprises have brought new technology and innovative solutions with cost-efficiency and new ideas to help Viet Nam reach sustainable development. Problems can be tackled and turned into opportunities; for instance, waste can be turned into biogas, and the air is cleaner as a result," she said.

Selin said that Sweden showed a growing interest in the Vietnamese market, particularly in the clean-tech sector for its potential development.

However, challenges to enter this market include how to find a good partner, cultural differences, and understanding the right way to do business here.

Apart from technology cooperation, Viet Nam also needs to raise awareness of the people and children at an early age about environmental issues.

The Government should make the investment environment more friendly and transparent to foreign enterprises, especially in the matter of corruption, she said.

Tomas Hertzman, director of CENTEC, said Sweden's clean technology was suitable for small- and medium-scale enterprises in developing countries like Viet Nam.

Rapid growth in Viet Nam has had a harsh impact on the environment. The CENTEC project was set up to make Swedish green technology visible in Viet Nam and increase awareness in Sweden about local resources.

CENTEC is a three-year project (2011-2013) financed by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency under the management of the Embassy of Sweden in Viet Nam.

It aims to support partner cooperation closely between Viet Nam and Sweden, contributing to sustainable development of two countries in the sectors such as environment, energy and climate change.

Following a seminar in HCM City, two similar seminars will be organised in Hoi An on Tuesday and Ha Noi in Wednesday. –VNS

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