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US, VN agree on cutting emissions

Update: March, 22/2012 - 10:16

HA NOI — The governments of the United States and Viet Nam yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding on a Low Emission Development Strategy in Ha Noi.

The signing was held with the participation of the US Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang.

Under the memorandum, Vietnamese and US experts would join hands in developing a national greenhouse gas inventory system, identifying sources of emissions for analysis to encourage energy efficiency and production of renewable energy while optimising agricultural and forest production.

Quang said the memorandum was an important official starting point marking the cooperation in environmental protection, especially climate change issues which are now a rising global concern.

Quang said that with the new strategy, the two countries would combine efforts with the global community to respond to climate change.

Hormats expressed concern about the impact of climate change in Viet Nam, especially in the Mekong Delta Region and challenges in energy development that the country faces. — VNS

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