A number of measures for the building of a low-carbon society in Vietnam were introduced by the Japan National Research Institute of Environment (JNRIE) at a seminar in Hanoi on April 18.

The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and JNRIE.

The low-carbon society project was kicked off in Japan’s Kyoto city in 2004, then was expanded to China, the Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam with the aim of stabilising the global climate in the Asia-Pacific region.

Building a low-carbon society requires both immediate and international factors, assessment of special characteristics in each region and oriented forecast measures, said Mikiko Kainuma from JNRIE.

Low-carbon society model will create a foundation for the growth of developing countries, including Vietnam, she said.

Although low-carbon development has just presented itself in recent years, the Vietnamese government implemented many policies regarding the sector in an effort to minimise greenhouse emissions, said Nguyen Khac Hieu, Deputy Head of Department of Hydro-Meteorology and Climate Change.

Vietnam has worked on two emission scenarios with an average of 432 million tonnes of CO2 a year or 500 million tonnes by 2030, he noted./.