The first ever energy-saving house in Vietnam will be built in Ho Chi Minh City in 2013 with support from Denmark.

The plan was revealed at a seminar on building a “Danish active house” held in HCM City on November 9.

Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Manh Ha said the city’s energy consumption accounts for 1/5 of the national total.

The city is taking measures to save energy, especially in construction and green growth.

Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building Martin Lidergaard said Vietnam and Denmark have huge potential in energy saving cooperation.

The building of the house will open up new cooperation opportunities for both countries in the field, he added.

Lidergaard visited the southern province of Ben Tre on the same day to inspect two Danish-funded projects for climate change mitigation.

They include establishing a mangrove forest worth 1.5 billion VND (71,428 USD) in Thanh Phong commune, Thanh Phu district, and constructing a dyke system with funding of 3.5 billion VND (166,000 USD) in Minh Duc commune, Mo Cay district.

With Danish funding, the provincial agricultural sector planted 100 hectares of mangrove trees in 2012, increasing the area for coastal protection to 4,000 hectares –which will reach 5,000 hectares by 2020.

The area will become a mangrove conservation area.

Denmark will also provide 1.5 billion VND for the project in 2013.-VNA