By increasing the share of renewable energy and using power in the more sustainable way, Việt Nam can avoid building about 25 coal power plants to embrace the national energy security thus saving US$60 billion of expecting investment for the plants and $7 billion per year spending on imported coal. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — In two years time, Việt Nam could stop building new coal plants, while maintaining a safe, affordable and secure energy system. This is a result of a draft report themed “Ensuring justice in the energy transition in Việt Nam” composed by the Việt Nam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA). The report was published on Tuesday in cooperation with Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) under the framework of the International Conference: Fostering Cooperation to Ensure a Just Energy Transition hosted by GreenID and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Vietnam (FES Vietnam) and Union of Science and … [Read more...] about Việt Nam’s clean energy in need of a just transition
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Bubble tea has stirred up quite a controversy in recent weeks as netizens argue whether its frequent consumption is wasteful or simply a matter of personal choice. Last month, Swedish fast fashion brand H&M also made headlines as thousands of shoppers lined up for its first store opening in Saigon. These are just some signs of rising consumerism in Vietnam. When describing professional middle class youth in Vietnam, a research paper published in 2007 in the Journal of Modern Asian Studies stated: "The evidence that is available suggests a greater interest in consumption, leisure activities, accessing information and news, and the maintenance and achievement of social status." Yet, "there does not seem to be a significant political identity emerging among middle class Vietnamese or an interest in mobilizing political resources, although there is some evidence of involvement in topical … [Read more...] about Is it right to channel Vietnam’s brimming youthful energy into consumerism?
Viet Nam News A good night's sleep…an impossible dream or a nightly reality? For those whose every night is a blissful drift off into peaceful rest you may not need to read any further, but for many of us, getting a good night's sleep is as elusive as a traffic-free commute on a Monday morning. Hà Nội may not yet be the city that never sleeps, but the hammering of construction at all hours, loud truck horns and the odd roster crowing certainly makes it feel that way sometimes. When counting sheep no longer works, Dr. Catherine Gonzalez of Family Medical Practice Hanoi has some tips and advice. What is sleep and why do we need it? Sleep is a natural state of rest for the body, and is common to all mammals, birds and many reptiles and fish. Sleep is not just about energy conservation. In fact, the amount of energy saved during eight hours of sleep is about 50 kCal (the amount of energy in a piece of toast!). Sleep also serves a number of different functions in the body, including … [Read more...] about To your health: Losing sleep over insomnia? – Life & Style – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
Vietnam, definitely an attractive market Erdal Elver, president and CEO of Siemens Vietnam, says he is confident in Vietnam’s future. The Saigon Times Daily spoke with him over what Siemens could do to contribute to the country. The Saigon Times Daily: You said recently that Vietnam is “definitely an attractive market for Siemens.” Could you elaborate on this? - The current needs of Vietnam as a developing country – transportation, healthcare, energy and infrastructure – make this market an extremely viable one for our company. Next year Siemens will be working in these different fields within Vietnam, and hopes to play a role on their path to becoming a strong industrialized nation by 2020. You foresee strong development happening in the near future for Vietnam? - Judging from the results over the last five years of development, we are extremely confident that it will come. Vietnam has posted a consistent GDP growth rate over the past five years of an … [Read more...] about Vietnam, definitely an attractive market
Be realistic about renewable energy Peter Droege, EuroSolar president and professor of urban sustainability at the University of Liechtenstein, told The Saigon Times Daily about how to develop renewable energy in Vietnam when he was in HCMC last week to speak at the GreenBiz Conference and Exhibition on European Green Business Solutions (GreenBiz 2011). Excerpts: The Saigon Times Daily: How can the Government and companies of Vietnam invest in renewable energy when they still have limited capital? - Peter Droege: It’s not true that their capital is limited. I understand that they have a lot of funds spent on conventional projects for coal, natural gas and nuclear energy. So, the question is how they adjust that capital planning for renewable energy projects. There is no economic difference if they spend money on the new conventional or renewable systems. The only difference is the country will benefit from having free natural resources with renewable systems. If they continue to … [Read more...] about Be realistic about renewable energy