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Emissions-mitigation project kicks off in HCM City

Update: April, 14/2018 - 07:00
An emissions-mitigation workshop discussed upcoming activities at a workshop held in HCM City on April 13. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp
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HCM CITY —  Activities for a project that will reduce the amount of emissions nationwide kicked off in HCM City yesterday at an inception workshop.

The project, officially called “Support Planning and Implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions” (SPI-NAMA), deals with regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, legislative actions, and local authorities’ responsibilities.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE), HCM City’s Department of Natural Resource and Environment, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Attendees included officials of Việt Nam’s ministries, departments, research institutes and private sector; as well as Japanese advisors, experts and specialists.

Dr. Lương Quang Huy, director of MONRE’s Department of Climate Change, spoke about Việt Nam’s current readiness for Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation, including a decree regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and an emissions reduction roadmap, among other issues.

According to the roadmap decree, GHG emissions in Việt Nam should be reduced by 6.6 per cent by 2025, or about 40 million tonnes of CO2 compared with business-as-usual (BAU). By 2030, reductions should reach at least 8 percent, or about 62.8 million tonnes of CO2 compared with BAU.

Nguyễn Huy Phương from the Climate Change Bureau of the city’s Department of Natural Resource and Environment reported the results of the SPI-NAMA project in the 2015-17 period as well as the HCM City Climate Change Action Plan for 2017-20.

HCM City discharges about 38.5 million tones of carbon dioxide, accounting for 26 per cent of the country’s total emissions.

Makoto Kato, team leader of SPI-NAMA project’s HCM City Component, described the 2018 work plan for technical works in HCM City.

He said the city’s climate change action plan would be strengthened at the policy level; a city-level GHG inventory would be improved, based on past cooperation; and an action plan and MRV [Measurement, Reporting and Verification] for energy efficiency in the transport sector would be developed.

Planned activities include revision of the current policy framework; city-level monitoring and evaluation to support quantification of the impact of policy; and support for action plan development and MRV for targeted sectors. — VNS

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