The Green Highways project 2009 torch and flag relay, launched by the Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicles Association (ANGVA), will come to Vietnam late this week.

The relay is to encourage the community to use natural gas instead of energy sources producing waste harmful to the environment and people’s health, Rizal H. Rahman, an ANGVA represenative, said at a press briefing in Ho Chi Minh on Sept. 16.

Through the relay, the organising board called on residents in localities along the route to respond to the event, thus forming future “Green highways” in the Asia Pacific region.

Bui Minh Tien, Vice General Director of PetroVietnam Gas Company, which is the event’s sole sponsor, emphasised that encouraging the use of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in Vietnam aims to build a more green, clean and beautiful future for the country, save on transport costs, and support sustainable development.

The green highway project 2009 torch and flag relay consists of two convoys of vehicles. One started in Teheran, Iran, journeying along routes within Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and China, where it will meet up with the other convoy, which started in Surabaya, Indonesia, travelling through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. From China they will travel together to Donghae, in the Republic of Korea, where the ANGVA 2009 conference is taking place on Oct. 27-20.

In Vietnam, the convoy of vehicles will hand over an ANGVA Green Highways Project torch and flag at the Cau Treo border gate in the central province of Ha Tinh on Sept. 18. Then the relay will travel through urban centres to Hanoi, and end its journey in Vietnam on Sept. 21 at the Huu Nghi border gate, in the northern province of Lang Son./.