WWF and central provinces work together towards sustainable energy planning
Vietnam, similar to other developing countries, faces the challenge of ensuring adequate access to and efficient use of natural resources and energy. Presently, hydro power and fossil fuels are essential energy sources to Vietnam. Additionally, non-commercial biomass remains important as it is beneficial to 80 % of the country’s rural population. Strengthening the planning of energy use for socio-economic development activities at different levels, from district to provincial, presents an opportunity to address the energy challenge of Vietnam.
Today’s Sustainable Energy Planning workshop aims to develop this opportunity through collaboration. The training is a part of the Central Region Low Carbon and Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Planning Capacity Building Project funded by the British Embassy Hanoi and Danida. It will facilitate the enhancement of cooperation among provincial authorities, civil society organizations and businesses in sustainable energy planning and implemetation in central Vietnam.
“Thua Thien Hue Department of Industry and Trade are pleased to work with WWF to present this event as an opportunity for manufacturers, businesses, local authorities and energy experts to exchange experience and learn new knowledge on sustainable energy planning. It also provides a platform for key stakeholders across the region to continue developing local energy planning in the future,” said Mr Nguyen Duy Thanh, Vice Director of Thua Thien Hue DOIT.
The workshop’s participants will be introduced to new approaches and tools for more efficient and sustainable planning in energy use. According to WWF-Vietnam’s Energy Coordinator Trine Glue Doan, “It is expected that after the training, Thua Thien Hue will be able to prepare a pilot energy efficiency and sustainable energy development plan adapting skills and tools from the UK, Denmark, and Danang presented in the training.
“Unsustainable economic growth and energy sector policies, and inefficient energy generation and consumption have led to pollution and economic problems that threaten ecosystems, natural resources, and livelihoods and health of people. Well-prepared national planning could minimise these negative impacts. But to enable this, we first need collaboration at the provincial level, which is what this training is facilitating,” she said.
Tom Cumberlege, an expert from The Carbon Trust (UK) will share with workshop delegates good practice and experience in sustainable and energy efficient planning and implementation in the UK.