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Resource shortages cause public concern

Update: May, 27/2013 - 10:33
Workers install a solar energy panel at the A Vuong hydropower plant in central Quang Nam Province. Meeting future energy needs is a growing public concern in Viet Nam, according to a recent survey. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

HCM CITY (VNS)— Meeting future energy needs is an important issue facing seven out of 10 people in Viet Nam, according to a rencent survey conducted by Shell Viet Nam.

Other issues of concern were employment and cost of living, the survey showed.

By 2030, it is estimated that the world will need 40 – 50 per cent more energy, water and food to keep up with rising demand, according to the United Nations and Shell scenarios. This could place significant stress on these vital resources.

Many Vietnamese are increasingly aware of these issues and the role they can play in addressing it.

For eight out of 10 Vietnamese surveyed, water, food and energy shortages, as well as higher energy prices, were seen as having the greatest impact on Viet Nam in the future.

"Growing concerns about the world's vital energy, water and food resources, and the impact of climate change, have driven many Vietnamese to think about the future of energy more seriously," said Nguyen Anh Tuyet, Shell Viet Nam country chair.

"To meet growing needs, the world will have to mobilise all forms of energy over the coming decades," Tuyet said.

"But the challenge of ensuring sufficient supplies of energy, water and food is magnified by the linkages between them. These challenges will need to be addressed intelligently and in unison."

The "Future Energy Survey" showed that Vietnamese most favoured a mix of sources to help meet future energy demand.

Most preferred solar energy (72 per cent) as the country's energy source, followed by hydro energy (58 per cent) and wind power (47 per cent).

Using bio-fuels was also viewed as being better for the environment and a means to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which was considered very important to a majority of the Vietnamese community.

The survey also revealed that nearly two-thirds of Vietnamese believe the general public has a role to play in creating a better energy future.

Many Vietnamese are already taking individual steps, such as using less energy (78 per cent) and using energy-saving products (74 per cent).

However, they view collaboration as the key to building future energy solutions, with government playing the most significant role. — VNS

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