(VOVworld) - A program to educate people about climate change took place in Ha Noi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho on Saturday, part of the "People's Climate Mobilization" campaign initiated by the international environmental organization 350.org. The campaign aims to raise public awareness on coal's negative impact on the environment and human health, and persuade the Vietnamese government to revise its national energy development strategy to use renewable energy sources instead of coal. … [Read more...] about Citizens ready to act on climate change
Renewable energy sources act
Former US President Bill Clinton urged leaders of the world's cities, which produce over two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions, to act swiftly to save the planet for their grandchildren. Executives from the 40 largest cities plus 17 affiliate municipalities attended the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit which opened in Seoul, the third such event since 2005. The former US leader, whose Clinton Climate Initiative develops programmes to help cities cut the emissions blamed for global warming, called for commitments and concrete action at the meeting which ends Thursday. "You do not have the luxury of just debating what we are going to do and how much money we are going to spend on it," Clinton said in a keynote speech. He warned that if the world fails to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, it would pay a high price in food shortages, drought and public health dangers. "It is absolutely certain (that) if we let the worst happen, then the consequences will be so severe that … [Read more...] about World city chiefs told to act fast to save planet
CPV: In Hanoi, on June 21, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry (MOI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation - GTZ) GmbH, were jointly organizing the workshop on "Energy policy for grid-connected wind power generation in Vietnam". 50 delegates participated in the event including representatives from MOI, GTZ-TERNA Programme, and other government and foreign organizations. The workshop aimed at discussing the need for improvement of regulatory framework conditions for wind power utilization in Vietnam. Experiences and success factors for wind power projects will be presented. Support mechanisms such as the German Renewable Energy Sources Act and other international models will be discussed. Rural and urban electrification will be a key issue for Vietnam's development in the coming decades. The per capital consumption of electricity in Vietnam has been rising rapidly during the last years, straining the country's generation … [Read more...] about Vietnam and Germany share experiences in wind energy sector
(VEN) - Development of renewable energy requires large capital investment, and therefore, needs close cooperation between the state and private sectors. This cooperation model has been applied in many countries across the world including Vietnam. According to US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory senior science officer Dr. Cary Bloyd, renewable energy development experiences in developed countries show that the role of government is important in the development of these projects, particularly in attracting private investment. Government can play a role in helping businesses with sponsored loans, tax incentives, and preferential land rents to make them for attractive. In the Federal Republic of Germany, investors and producers who use solar power will receive government support. German people that use solar batteries for 20 years will receive cash incentive. Solar power producers are guaranteed to be able to sell output power at 50 cents per kWh while power prices in Germany … [Read more...] about Cooperation to develop renewable energy
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?