HCM City seminar launches emission reduction project hinh anh 1Deputy head of Climate Change Department Truong Duc Tri (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – A seminar was held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 13 to launch a 2018 Project to Support the Planning and Implementation of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (SPI-NAMA).

The event was co-hosted by the MoNRE, the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s Office in Vietnam.

Speaking at the event, representative of the municipal Climate Change Office Nguyen Huy Phuong said Ho Chi Minh City records huge emission with 38.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, accounting for nearly 13 percent of the country’s total.

He said the city plans to refine legal regulations on emission reduction, enhance global cooperation, attract investment and improve management in the field.

Chief of the SPI-NAMA project’s short-term research group Makoto Kato suggested saving energy by installing solar panels on high-rise buildings, using rapid buses and urban railway instead of personal vehicles, collecting exhaust fumes in landfills to manufacture organic fertiliser, recycle urban solid wastes, and collect fowl and cattle droppings to manufacture biogas.

Luong Quang Huy, chief of the Greenhouse Emission Reduction Office under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE)’s Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change said under the greenhouse emission scenario, Vietnam will emit 400 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2018, 500 million tonnes by 2020, 600 million tonnes by 2025 and 800 million tonnes by 2030.

He said between 2021-2030, Vietnam has pledged to reduce 8 percent of greenhouse emission, or nearly 62 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, with only domestic resources, and 25 percent with global support in the fields of energy, transport, agriculture and wastes.

By 2015, the country will reduce greenhouse emission by 45 percent, increase the use of renewable energy to 44 percent and forest coverage by more than 50 percent.

In order to achieve above targets, Vietnam has taken 45 mitigation measures with the use of necessary resources and technology.

The MoNRE has submitted a Decree on greenhouse emission roadmap to the Prime Minister for approval this year.-VNA