Workshop explores challenges to Vietnam’s energy policy hinh anh 1At the workshop (Source: VNA)
Paris (VNA) –  A workshop on perfecting Vietnam’s energy policy, towards ensuring national energy security, was held recently by the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE) and the Association of Electrical Engineering and Energy (AEEE) in Paris, France.

Themed “Challenges of Vietnam’s energy policy”, the event gathered Vietnamese and French experts working in the energy sector and engineers and postgraduates studying and working in French research institutes and energy firms.

The event also aimed to learn from France’s experience in developing renewable energy to reduce dependence on energy produced from fossil fuels that cause carbon emissions.

As part of activities within the research project “Energy Planning for Vietnam’s sustainable development” (VENPLAN) performed by the AVSE and AEEE from June to December this year, the workshop helped France’s organisations understand more about Vietnam’s energy sector, towards establishing research cooperation with the country.

It also gave recommendations for Vietnam's energy planning.
In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son applauded the workshop and implementation of VENPLAN, saying that they help tap Vietnam’s intellectual resources in France, contributing to Vietnam’s energy development.

Le Tuan Phong, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Clean Energy Association briefed participants on Vietnam’s national energy development strategy.

The Vietnamese Government wants to develop all energy sources from thermoelectricity, hydroelectricity, wind and solar energy, while strictly managing resources to ensure energy development and environmental protection.

Vietnamese experts stressed the need to invest more in renewable energy.

Meanwhile, French experts introduced low emission technologies and roadmaps to cut emissions.

Participants agreed Vietnam faces difficulties such as a shortage of capital and negative impacts caused by climate change in energy development.

They noted that Vietnam should take advantage of natural resources to develop the energy sector and minimise the impact of the energy industry on the environment, towards developing an environmentally friendly energy sector.

According to Tran Duy Chau, a key member of the VENPLAN, the project seeks new ideas, while performing thematic studies on urgent issues for Vietnam’s energy development. -VNA