The northern province of Thai Binh has been selected as the first locality in Vietnam to implement a five-year project on local energy planning, from 2012.

The project is jointly carried out by the cooperative alliance for sustainable energy development in Vietnam and the Mekong region, the Green Innovation and Development Centre, the Centre for Sustainable Water and Resources Development and Adaptation to Climate Change, the sustainable energy organisation of Denmark and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

It aims to encourage local people to use renewable, biomass and biological energy and use them economically to contribute to reducing environmental pollution and meeting the demands of sustainable development.

Dr. Tran Duy Khanh, President of the Thai Binh Union of Science and Technology Associations, which was selected to implement the project, said the use of renewable, biomass and biological energy instead of energy from coal and oil is a choice for sustainable development in future, in the context of increasing demand for energy.

Six communes in Thai Binh province’s Tien Hai district, including Nam Cuong, Nam Hung, Dong Hai, Dong Phong, Phuong Cong and Bac Hai, are selected for the project, with the first phase from May, 2012 to the end of 2013.-VNA