Energy conservation solutions need publicity, public support (24-05-2006) Pham Van Thang, Deputy President of the Ministry of Industry's Energy Saving Department, chatted with Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about solutions for saving energy. The second phase of the energy saving prog-ramme started earlier this year. Can you review the programme's first phase, implemented since 1999? Viet Nam has focused since 1996 on an energy saving programme with the sponsorship of the World Bank (WB), which evaluated the country's large potential to save energy. The capacity to save power in Viet Nam is very big, but ineffective. We estimate that to produce an additional 1MW of electricity we need an investment worth US$1,000-1,100, but it costs only US$400 of investment to supply an additional 1MW of electricity to consumers. Therefore, the programme to save energy was launched in 1999 with the Demand Saving Management (DSM) project, sponsored by the Swedish International … [Read more...] about Energy conservation solutions need publicity, public support
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(VEN) - Dr. Nguyen Van Khai, the former director of the Center for Energy Conservation Lamp and Electronic Solution Consultancy always gives priority to energy conservation and the environment protection and he is the inventor of sterilization and energy conservation lamps that are used on streets, in schools, in mechanical and weaving factories and for agricultural and fishery purposes. I met Khai on a hot day and the temperature was 35 degrees centigrade. However, when I came to his house, the cool atmosphere in the spacious living room made me feel very comfortable. Despite the pleasant temperature, he explained that his electricity bill is not high. He said: "If we use electricity effectively, we can save a lot of electricity. If my students do not come to my house to do experiments, I only have to pay VND40,000 per month for electricity." Nguyen Van Khai is famous all over the country for ozone water, anti-dazzle boards and lamps for students. He is 70 years old, yet still full of … [Read more...] about Ozone Old Man and His Energy Conservation Lamps
(VEN) - The law on energy efficiency and conservation took effect on January 1, 2011. It is expected to greatly promote the diversification of investments for energy efficiency and conservation. Huge potential The statistics indicate that more than 20 percent of energy used in cement, steel, ceramics, seafood and consumer goods production industries should have been saved, with the rate being over 30 percent in civil construction and transport sectors. A large amount of energy used in daily life and service activities should also have been saved. On April 14, 2006, the Prime Minister issued Decision 79/QD-TTg on approving and implementing a national program for energy efficiency and conservation. About 1,167 KTOE of energy (accounting for 3.4 percent of all energy used in Vietnam) was saved throughout the country in 2010, taking the total to 4,901 KTOE in the period from 2006-2010, the latter of which represents 3.4 percent of all energy used in Vietnam during the same period. These … [Read more...] about Diversifying Energy Efficiency Investments
(VEN) - To continue implementing activities to reduce greenhouse gas immediately after the expiry of Kyoto Protocol in 2012, Japan begins to deploy a pilot project about Bilateral Offset Credit Mechanism (BOCM). Due to BOCM, Japanese enterprises will lend some countries' enterprises (including Vietnam) to implement energy-saving activities, especially the application of advanced technologies, energy saving with low content of carbon. On the sidelines of the seminar "Vietnam - Japan promote energy efficient activities through using household appliannces under bilateral offset credit mechanism about reducing the emission caused the greenhouse effect in Vietnam" held recently in Hanoi, Vietnam Economic News's Bao Ngoc had an interview with Huynh Kim Tuoc - The director of Energy Conservation Center of Ho Chi Minh City. Can you tell us the main advantages of BOCM? BOCM is a new direction of Japanese people to create solutions that promote using technology in order to resolve … [Read more...] about Extra Support for Efficient Energy Use
According to the Energy Conservation Center's chief, more than 12,000 of the 16,000 office buildings in Ho Chi Minh City are currently using energy saving approaches. Despite the comment, a recent survey of 40 office buildings in downtown, done by foreign experts, found that 75 percent of those buildings used much more energy than average. It also indicated that most of the energy waste derived from lights, computers, air conditioners and photocopiers. Excuses, Excuses In response, relevant bodies said that this issue is quite new for their staff. However, this excuse is unacceptable as the government has already issued Decree 102 mandating the economical and effective use of energy. In addition, dozens of the government's financial and technological support systems were created in order to help enterprises cut down their energy usage. For example, the Demand Saving Management project was launched to provide big factories and trade centers with power saving solutions. The … [Read more...] about Why is Ho Chi Minh City Wasting Energy?