The Vietnam Environment Forum takes place in Hanoi on May 22 under the theme “Enterprises towards environment protection and green growth” (Photo: daibieunhandan.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Protecting the environment is now becoming a common motivation of enterprises’ long term strategy, Nguyen The Chinh, head of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment said at a forum on May 22.

The Vietnam Environment Forum themed “Enterprises towards environment protection and green growth” hosted by Tai nguyen va Moi truong (Natural Resources and Environment) magazine attracted the participation of ministries’ representatives, experts and companies in Hanoi and other localities.

According to Chinh, investment into organic and green agriculture has generated good profits for a lot of Vietnamese firms. Besides this, more and more enterprises are stepping into the industry of waste collection and treatment, as well as environmental protection programmes.

By investing in eco-friendly industries and innovations, enterprises can enjoy positive benefits while spreading sustainable values to the community and country, experts agreed.

They noted that enterprises could definitely improve labour productivity by ensuring a safe and healthy working environment for workers. They can also avoid legal risks by strictly complying with environmental regulations and investing into effective waste treatment systems.

Therefore, on the occasion, experts and businesses asked related ministries, State agencies and the Government to complete the legal framework of natural resources management and environmental protection to create favourable conditions for enterprises to approach innovations and achieve the green growth.

In another development, the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu affirmed a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, effectively use natural resources and improve climate change resilience by 2020 with a vision to 2025.

Specifically, Bac Lieu province expects to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 percent by 2020, and up to 79 percent by 2025. Furthermore, it is set to have 80 percent of manufacturing facilities meeting the national environment standards by 2020.

To attain these goals, the local authorities have implemented several solutions to raise awareness of the people, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and industry, and foster sustainable consumption among consumers.

Duong Thanh Trung, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, stressed green growth as the cornerstone of the province’s socio-economic development, indicating the province’s commitment in realising the national strategy of green growth and climate change resilience.-VNA