The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) held a seminar in Hanoi on December 11 to discuss the combination between waste treatment and power generation.

Representatives from other ministries, sectors and domestic and foreign experts from leading waste treatment and electricity companies attended the event.

MoIT Deputy Minister Le Duong Quang said that the Vietnamese Government prioritises finding new energy sources to generate power, as the sector’s growth is yet to meet the demand of the country’s socio-economic development.

The seminar offered a good opportunity for Vietnamese agencies to consider and learn from international experience in applying waste treatment technology in electricity development and environmental protection, he added.

The model, once implemented, will contribute largely to raising the efficiency of energy use and protecting the environment.

Vietnam’s power demand is forecast to hit 210 billion kWh by 2015, 360 billion kWh by 2020 and 830 billion kWh by 2030.

In the 2015-2020 period, the country expects to churn out nearly 350MW of electricity per day thanks to waste-to-energy plants.-VNA