Solar panels installed on the Da Mi hydropower reservoir in Binh Thuan province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop discussing measures to promote sustainable energy development in connection with environmental protection was held in Hanoi on November 29.

The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam Energy Association (VEA), the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin), and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam).

In his opening speech, Chairman of the VEA Tran Viet Ngai underlined the need for the energy sector to make more efforts in creating momentum for sustainable socio-economic development.

The workshop focused on strategic targets, visions, and solutions to not only ensure a sustainable source of energy, but also create an energy reserve; as well as better address issues related to the environment by 2030, with a vision to 2050, he said.

Meanwhile, representatives from Vinacomin forecast the coal demand for 2030 and 2035. Accordingly, Vietnam is predicted to have to import 67 million tonnes of coal in 2025, 98 million tonnes by 2030, and 106 million tonnes by 2035.

Vinacomin has built a strategy for coal import in the time to come, especially for the electricity sector, which is forecast to range between 88-100 million tonnes from 2025-2030.

Regarding a new vision for national energy development towards 2050, Vice Chairman of VEA Nguyen Van Vy said it is necessary for Vietnam to build orientations and policies to ensure national energy security, focusing on enhancing exploration to increase reserves of coal, oil, and gas.

VEA  must also promote the use of renewable energy, said Vy, stressing the importance of boosting international cooperation, as well as the exchange and export of energy with regional countries.

He suggested that Vietnam develop its energy sector towards being more comprehensive and competitive, and ensuring financial sources are secured for the field.

Participants also tabled recommendations and solutions related to business administration, finance, investments, and marketing to create breakthroughs in developing the national energy sector.

Investors should be encouraged to develop more renewable energy projects, they concluded.–VNA