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HCM City (VNA) – Experts from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and a handful of Southeast Asian nations- Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia - shared experience in the Sustainable Energy Technology Training (SETT) programme in Ho Chi Minh City from November 30 to December 2.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK and the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology were key partners in supporting the SETT Programme . It was hosted by National Research Council of Science &Technology (NST), ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Centre (ASEIC), Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) and Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH).

It aimed to popularise the role and targets of the NST and other Korean energy research institutes for increasing developing nations’ capacity to manage and develop sustainable energy.

Participants elaborated on the concept of sustainable energy, as well as tools, technologies and solutions for sustainable energy development.

They will also propose projects with international development donors, aiming to promote sustainable energy technologies suitable to each Southeast Asian nation.

Dr. Song Chaejun, NST director for R&D policy and strategy, said that in recent decades, reserve sources of energy were expected to be exhausted as a result of the world’s rapid economic development.

Against this backdrop, businesses worldwide are seeking new sources of renewable energy, he said.

Dr. Song also pointed to adverse impacts on the environment caused by the burning of fossil fuels. They created greenhouse gases, and increased radiation capacity and global warming.

Therefore, he said, renewable energy would help deal with the world’s increasing demand for energy.

Vu Van Khiem from the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology said that with its current energy consumption, Vietnam will become an energy importer in the future.

He stressed the need to cut the use of scarce natural resources in order to address the issue.-VNA