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Hanoi (VNA) –
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the General Directorate of Energy under the Ministry of Industry and Trade jointly held a workshop on the development of renewable energy (RE) in Vietnam in Hanoi on May 24.

Director of the Department of Renewable Energy Pham Trong Thuc highlighted the RE development strategy in Vietnam, which aims to reduce 25 percent of the greenhouse gas emission and provide reliable, sustainable, modern and reasonable energy services for households by 2030.

Focus shall be given to proven technologies in the RE field, including hydropower, wind power, solar power, biomass energy and biogas, he said. The strategy encourages all resources from society to develop RE with reasonable prices, gradually increase the RE share in national energy production and consumption in order to ensure less dependence on fossil sources and contribute to better energy security, mitigating climate change, environmental protection and sustainable socio-economic management, he added.

Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director, said the national renewable energy development strategy of Vietnam is a right move as it reflects the country’s commitments to lower carbon development and its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The strategy also supports the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change that Vietnam along with over 175 countries signed at the UN headquarters last month, he said.

Participants said the renewable energy market in Vietnam holds enormous potentials for development, hence the country needs to devise proper policy to optimise the benefits.

Scientific research also indicates that solar energy, in particular, has little negative impact on the environment, health and livelihood of locals, and it could enable small- and medium-sized enterprises to improve the provision of electricity to people in remote and island areas with reasonable prices.-VNA