The Green One United Nations House in Hanoi was awarded in May a Platinum Lotus certification, the highest level in the market-based green building rating system (Photo: UN Vietnam)

Hanoi (VNA) – The USAID-funded project to promote energy efficiency in buildings was reviewed in Hanoi on June 20.

The project, part of the USAID Vietnam Clean Energy Programme (VCEP), has been carried out in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Da Nang, and Can Tho over the past three years.

The project is managed by the Department of Science, Technology and Environment under the Ministry of Construction (MoC), said Deputy Minister Phan Thi My Linh.

The outcomes of the project have contributed significantly to promoting energy saving and efficiency in the ministry’s construction works.

With the outcomes of the project, the ministry launched an action plan on green growth by 2020, with orientations through 2030 in the sector, with focus on energy saving and efficiency in constructions.

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USAID Vietnam Director Michael Greene said buildings account for 30 percent of the energy consumption globally, suggesting that Vietnam pay special attention to this energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission because of its fast development and urbanisation. 

Statistics show that the energy consumption in construction, including civil engineering, accounts for 36-37 percent of the nation’s total energy consumption.

The average annual increase of energy consumption is estimated at 10 percent from 2016 – 2020, which also leads to increase in energy use in construction and greenhouse gas emission.

The MoC has received active support from international organisations to promote energy consumption and efficiency in its projects via technical assistance, including the International Finance Corporation under World Bank (IFC – WB), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). -VNA