The two-phase initiative, which kicked off in early March, aims to provide technical assistance for the National Target Program on Climate Change.
“We chose to focus on energy and transport as two key factors contributing to the socio-economic development of the nation,” said Hoang Van Tam, Head of the Environment Management Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
The initial phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, said project deputy team leader Ha Dang Son, from the MoIT.
Five pilot programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be introduced early next year during the second phase of the project, which is expected to finish by the end of 2013, he said.
GHG emissions will be reduced in sectors such as industry and maritime transport in Danang city.
A street light energy efficiency program and green buildings program will be piloted in Ho Chi Minh City and Thanh Hoa province.
According to the MoIT, HCM City represents the most dynamic economic development area while Danang is a new model city with advantages in geographical location, infrastructure and socio-economic conditions, and Thanh Hoa province is in need of sustainable development proposals.