At the workshop on the 2050 Energy and Emissions Calculator model in Da Nang city. (Photo: VGP)

Da Nang has officially begun building its provincial-version of the 2050 Energy and Emissions Calculator model, as heard during a workshop held in central Da Nang City on September 9.

Initiated by the UK Government as an open source model, the calculator has thus far had respective versions established in many other countries, including Vietnam. It allows the user to explore all high-level energy and emission pathway options the country, territory or region faces. For each possible 2050 pathway, the user can further investigate impacts on land-use, electricity, energy security, energy flows and costs, among others.

According to Tran Van Luong, Deputy Head of the Industrial Safe Techniques and Environment Agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the tool encourages public engagement as it only requires an internet connection to access.

Da Nang is expected to establish its model in March 2017.

The agency’s Office Chief Hoang Van Tam said local experts are working on developing the tool based on the national version.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuan noted Da Nang, a vulnerable locality concerned with climate change, highly welcomes the method adoption for a greener future.

Andrew Holt, First Secretary Economic and Political at the British Embassy in Hanoi, highlighted the project as a stark instance of Vietnam – UK cooperation, saying it will help Vietnam reduce greenhouse emissions and improve its air quality.-VNA