A wastewater treatment plant will be built in Non Nuoc in Ngu Hanh Son district, at a cost of 21.7 billion VND (1.03 million USD), the city of Da Nang has announced.

The plant, which will begin construction next year, will treat wastewater from the craft village, with a capacity of 1,500 cubic metres per day.

The city has located a 37ha area to relocate stone art production centres, but it has not begun due to a lack of funds.

According to the city's survey, the 400-year-old village, which is home to over 400 households with 5,000 craftsmen, has been heavily polluted in the residential quarters over past decades.

The production centres released over 21 tonnes of dust and 25,000 liters of sulfuric acid annually, as well as noise, into the environment.

Around 20 per cent of craftsmen suffer from lung disease due to breathing the polluted dust, according to officials.

In another development, the central city will start its Action Plan on Responding to Climate Change in Urban Areas beginning next year, Dang Quang Cuong, an official from the city's climate change office, said on December 13 .

The plan, which is part of the Support Program to Respond to Climate Change (SPRCC), with an aid package worth 136,000 euros (174,000 USD) funded by the Agency for Development of France (AFD), will conduct a survey on greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and residential buildings in urban areas, before creating a future reduction programme.

The City proposed four low-carbon model projects, including battery powered bicycles, technologies to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to use renewable energy sources, a metro system and rapid bus transit.

According to the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Da Nang had cut 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions between 2007-11 through a pilot project. The city is set to become a green city by 2020.

Last year, Da Nang was selected as an APEC Low-Carbon Model Town Project.