2021 Vietnam-Japan Environment Week launched hinh anh 1The signing ceremony of the MoU on low-carbon growth between Vietnam and Japan on October 14. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment)

Hanoi (VNA) – The second  Vietnam-Japan Environment Week was kicked off on December 16 aimed at creating opportunities for enterprises of Vietnam and Japan to exchange activities related to the environment and how to respond to climate change.

The event, held virtually, was co-hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, Vo Tuan Nhan, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment said the 2021Vietnam-Japan Environment Week is part of the joint cooperation plan on climate change response towards the target of carbon neutrality by 2050 which was signed by Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha and Japanese Minister of Environment Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi on November 24 within the framework of the official visit to Japan by Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

This was an important event marking a substantive development in the cooperation relationship between the two countries and the two ministries in the field of environmental protection and climate change response, he said, adding that it opens up cooperation opportunities between agencies and organisations, especially between businesses of the two countries

Japanese Deputy Minister of the Environment Ooka Toshitaka said Japan will provide support to help the Vietnamese side achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 by devising long-term policy strategies regarding the implementation of projects in the future.

On the occasion, the two sides witnessed a breaking ground ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of a waste incineration plant project in the northern province of Bac Ninh province.

According to the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio, the project is the manifestation of  Japan-Vietnam friendship, saying that it has become a model for other localities to implement projects on energy recovery from waste combustion. He also said that Japan hoped to provide further support to other projects linked to carbon mitigation in the future./.