Hanoi aims to cut energy consumption by 2-3 pct this year hinh anh 1A household is building a bio-gas system. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Hanoi targets to cut its energy consumption by 2-3 percent this year compared to the demand forecast, in pursuit of the goal of decreasing the energy-to-GDP elasticity to 0.95 percent by 2020 from 1.48 percent last year.

It is part of the city’s efforts to implement the National Target Programme on Economical and Efficient Use of Energy.

The city will promote the use of renewable and clean energy and energy-saving solutions in households and businesses, for example, bio-gas plants and solar water heaters.

Transfer of energy-efficient and green technologies will be facilitated via the 7th International Exhibition on Environment and Energy Technology (Entech Hanoi 2016) this year.

Selected local markets will be supported to apply power-saving solutions as well as eliminate the use of electricity-hungry appliances, while the local authority also plans to help enterprises in Noi Bai, Lai Xa and Truong An industrial complexes, water stations and buildings in the city reduce energy consumption.

Hanoi saved about 325 million kWh of electricity last year thanks to the National Target Programme on Economical and Efficient Use of Energy.

According to Dao Hong Thai, Director of the Energy Conservation Centre of Hanoi, local households saved 241,000 kWh of electricity via the Earth Hour campaign alone and 35 million kWh in total last year.

Additionally, the municipal Department of Industry and Trade has supported nine industrial manufacturing firms in energy audit and energy-saving solutions in which CO2 emissions were reduced by approximately 1,380 tonnes, equivalent to 5.63 billion VND in saving.

The programme has also encouraged vehicle drivers to use bio-petrol E5 and raise public awareness of the benefits of public transportation.-VNA