Viet Nam News Green economy is the new watchword for many countries as they eye sustainable development. In Việt Nam, the Government encourages all sectors to aspire for green growth. In 2012 the Việt Nam National Green Growth Strategy was formulated, and has been embraced by all sectors in around 40 provinces and cities. Việt Nam News speaks to Louise Chamberlain, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country director in Việt Nam, about the country's green growth. Can you tell us about the green economy and green growth concepts adopted by many countries? Why are they important? Green economy and green growth have emerged as a solution to balance environmental sustainability and socio-economic development goals. The global agenda was set at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable development in 2012, also known as Rio+20, on the importance of building a "green economy to achieve sustainable development", where member states followed up on the initial commitment of two … [Read more...] about VN’s 100 % renewable energy target attainable: UNDP official
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Renewable energy key to solving country's future power concerns (16-06-2005) Nguyen Tien Nguyen, a scientist from the Centre for Energy and Environmental Research, under the Union of Viet Nam Science and Technology Associations, spoke with Nong thon ngay nay (Countryside Today) about potential energy sources. With the recent shortages of electricity in the northern region, do you believe Viet Nam has sufficiently explored the available natural renewable energy options? Electricity shortages in the past have only been a temporary problem. Unfortunately the implementation of power plant projects has been slow, while the electricity demand has been rapidly increasing by 13-15 per cent per year. Meanwhile, the electricity sector has failed to diversify its sources. If Viet Nam has great potential to harness hydroelectric power, especially through smaller stations, why have we failed to take advantage of this source? Hydroelectric power has been utilised in Viet Nam for quite a long time, … [Read more...] about Renewable energy key to solving country’s future power concerns
Note from the Board of Editors: Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, has paid an official friendship visit to Cuba and gave a presentation at the Nico Lopez Party School of the Cuban Communist Party at the invitation of General Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the State Council and the Council of Ministers. Following are excerpts from Party leader Trong's presentation. Socialism and the path to socialism is a fundamental and practical theoretical topic with broad and complicated content, demanding thorough and in-depth study. I hereby mention just a few aspects from Vietnam's perspective for your reference and our discussions. And several questions are focused: What is socialism? Why did Vietnam choose the socialist path? How to build socialism in Vietnam step by step? How significant has Vietnam's renewal and socialism building process been over the past 25 years? And what lessons have been learnt? … [Read more...] about Socialism and the path to Socialism – Vietnam’s perspective
The World Meteorological Organization reported that globally, 2010 was the hottest year on record. Nine of the ten hottest years ever recorded were in the first decade of this century. A foreign tourist wades down a flooded street in the tourist town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam in 2009. … [Read more...] about Climate change – what does it mean for Vietnam?
A noted oceanographer says Vietnam is overlooking an abundant energy resource, the waves of the East Sea. Dr. Nguyen Tac An is former dean of the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang and current Chairman of Vietnam's branch of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). An talked with the HCM City newspaper Thanh Nien about the potential for wave power development in Vietnam. In 1973, An says, research began on wave power in some developed countries like the US, Portugal and France. In 2003, Portugal deployed the first 30 MW wave power plant. The production cost of wave power is equivalent to wind power, that is, about 10 US cents per kilowatt-hour. What is wave power? Wave power is the capture of wave energy to do useful work, for example, electricity generation or water desalination. An easy way to capture the already abundant energy in the ocean is through a simple air chamber. As the waves rise and fall in the chamber, they force air … [Read more...] about Energy challenges: Why not wave power too?