The Ministry of Transport and the UK Embassy in Vietnam jointly held a workshop on developing green vehicles in Hanoi on Feb. 17.

British Ambassador to Vietnam Dr Antony Stokes emphasised the significance of the climate change action plan in the transport sector of Vietnam , especially the projects on green public vehicles in Hanoi and HCM City .

According to Trinh Quoc Binh, Deputy Head of the Division of Road Transport Management, Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department, the city has been operating four bus routes with 28 buses using compressed natural gas (CNG) since 2008. After the trial three-year period, the use of CNG buses helped save 30-40 percent of fuel cost, thus reducing transport fee.

The city will run 350 CNG buses by 2015, he said.

The Transport Ministry also took this occasion to disseminate its action plan to respond to climate change in the 2011-2015 period.

Under the plan, the ministry will assess the impact level of climate change on road, railways, inland waterways, maritime, aviation sectors in terms of both infrastructure development and transportation activities and identify suitable adaptation measures to minimise damage to transport construction works and ensure smooth and safe traffic.

It is also set to mobilise international resources to implement measures to adapt to climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to raise awareness as well as expertise and management skills for agencies and units under the Ministry.

It will implement six prioritised projects on impact assessment and solutions in response to climate change in 2013, and mobilise international support for the implementation of 12 other projects./.