ASEAN officials hold renewable energy talks (24-06-2005) HA NOI — Power sector representatives from ASEAN countries held a workshop in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss renewable energy and environment under the auspices of the HAPUA Working Group No. 4. Addressing the workshop, Dr Pham Khanh Toan, Director of the Institute of Energy and co-ordinator of the HAPUA Working Group No. 4, said the meeting was being held with the aim to create a roadmap for achieving energy targets set for 2010. The meeting reviewed the current status of developing renewable energy in each member country and worked out plans for ASEAN's energy future. Presenting a report on Viet Nam's renewable energy projects, Nguyen Duc Cuong, Head of the Rural Energy Development and New Technology Development Department of the Institute of Energy, said though some pilot projects and programmes have been undertaken, power generation using renewable energy sources remained insignificant in the country. Thousands of … [Read more...] about ASEAN officials hold renewable energy talks
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What does the future hold for HCM City? (29-06-2009) HCM City —While Paris was the capital of the 19th century and New York the capital of the 20th, many people believe that the capital of the 21st century will be an Asian metropolis, but the question for many local urban planners is could HCM City ever be a viable contender? Exploring this idea is the HCM City 21 Initiative, a gathering of Vietnamese and German city planners, architects, engineers and economists for an event sponsored by the German Government through the Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ), represented by German Technical Co-operation (GTZ) and Siemens. The meet will focus on an ambitious new project - HCM City 21, which aims to develop a long-term vision for HCM City along with a strategic plan on how the vision can be achieved and how the city should be developed to become a best in class city. HCM City 21: A joint initiative between HCM City authorities, the German Government and … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for HCM City?
(CPV) - While energy security challenges faced by the Pacific are significant, energy efficiency and renewable energy options hold great promise for the region, according to the March issue of ADB's Pacific Economic Development Monitor (PEM) released on March 26th 2013. Reliance on imported fuels for power generation hinders development in the region, where electricity prices are among the highest in the world and, on average, only around 25% of households have access to electricity. "ADB is working closely with Pacific countries and development partners in improving energy efficiency and developing renewable energy to reduce the region's longstanding dependence on imported fossil fuels," said Robert Guild, Director, Transport, Energy, and Natural Resources in ADB's Pacific Department. "A number of Pacific countries have developed comprehensive sector plans and set ambitious targets to respond to challenges. There is definitely a lot of positive momentum on this right now." The first … [Read more...] about Powering the Pacific’s future a challenge, but progress is clear
Over 200 ministers of environment and high-level delegates, as well as hundreds of scientists, economists, policy makers, civil society groups and business leaders are expected to participate. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will hold an International Media Roundtable during the First Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 - 22 February 2013. Last December, a landmark decision by the UN General Assembly upgraded and strengthened the role of UNEP and established universal membership of its Governing Council. This means that all 193 member and observer states of the United Nations are set participate at the event later this month. The Media Roundtable will provide direct interaction between journalists, UN experts, policymakers, scientists, NGOs and others on priority and emerging issues in the global environment. The sessions - led by a panel of international experts - will provide the … [Read more...] about UNEP to hold media roundtable on key and emerging environment issues at Governing Council
Foreign firms have shown increasing interest in supplying environmentally-friendly equipment for coal-fired power plants in Vietnam, as coal looks to retain its hold on the national power grid over the next decade. “The demand for advanced thermal power generation will increase as the government requests new thermal stations to protect the environment. This field offers ample business opportunities for foreign companies with cutting edge technology,” said Nguyen Bach Khoa, country sales manager at Bosch Rexroth Vietnam. Khoa told VIR that hydropower has almost reached its full potential in Vietnam, while plans for the nation’s first nuclear power plants have been shelved. Under the Power Development Plan (PDP) VII revised from 2016, the share of coal thermal power is supposed to increase to almost 50 per cent by 2025. In Vietnam, coal-fired power plants have the lowest feed-in-tariffs – 7 US cents per kWh. The investment capital for a coal thermal power station … [Read more...] about Green technology becomes focus of firms to secure a place in Vietnam’s energy future
Nuclear energy is expected to account for a remarkable proportion in Vietnam 's power generation in the future, according to Minister of Science and Technology Hoang Van Phong. In an interview granted to a Vietnam News Agency correspondent on the sidelines of the International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy held in Paris from March 8-9, Minister Phong said that the application and development of atomic energy for peaceful purposes is one of the country's socio-economic development objectives in the next decades. "Nuclear power plants will contribute considerably to the country's annual electricity output, helping meet demands for production and daily activities as well as ensure the sustainable development of the national economy during the process of industrialisation and modernisation," he said. Developing nuclear energy will create a favourable environment for the development of many other industries, including those requiring high scientific and technical … [Read more...] about Nuclear energy to hold remarkable proportion in Vietnam
Investing in renewable energy sources, particularly wind power, is key to address Vietnam’s growing electricity demand and to ensure the nation’s energy security as well as green growth strategy. The successful path towards this ultimate goal now depend on what policies and technologies Vietnam will take on to make the nation’s fully untapped potential a reality. Hai Tram reports. According to the World Bank’s (WB) research, Vietnam was found out as a country with the largest wind resource potential, surpassing other Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The country’s potential for wind energy was estimated to be around 513,360 megawatts, approximately six folds that of the forecasted capacity of the nation’s power sector by 2020. The WB’s study showed that 8.6 per cent of the total land area in Vietnam has very high potential for the development of large wind energy farms, while the figures for Cambodia, Laos, and … [Read more...] about Wind power holds key to a sustainable energy future
Three students at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology have won the second prize in an energy efficiency contest organised in Singapore. Students Bui Thai Luan, Tran Ngoc Quy and Le Truong Phu of HCMC University of Technology holding up the winning trophy pose next to their project on display at the energy contest The first annual “Green the world @ my campus” competition attracted the participation of 70 universities from six regional countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.At the final round in Singapore, the contesting teams presented their solutions to saving power consumption and water usage at their campuses and suggested problem solving initiatives.The three Vietnamese contestants presented simple yet efficient solutions for saving energy and water usage at their campus. Their project centering on efficient use of lights, water and air conditioners … [Read more...] about Vietnam students win 2nd prize in S.E. Asia energy contest
New Delhi, January 5 (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh has highlighted the bright prospects of the Vietnam-India ties in the future in an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-India diplomatic relations and 10 years of their strategic partnership. Recalling that links between Vietnam and India in religion, culture and trade have existed for thousands of years, the ambassador stressed that bilateral ties have been on the growing trend, especially since the two countries set up their diplomatic ties in 1972 and lifted the relations to a strategic partnership in 2007. The Vietnam-India relationship is at its highest growth stage ever, with strong political trust as the two countries share common strategic interests and mutual trust in almost all bilateral and multilateral issues, including the East Sea matter, he said. The trust has been strengthened in recent years thanks to the regular exchange of … [Read more...] about Vietnam-India ties eye bright future: ambassador
Speaking at the seminar titled “Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Socio-Economic Development,” Tong Viet Trung, deputy general director of Viettel Group, said: “[It] will usher in smart production where there will be no need for workers to control machines. There will be very high technology integration and value chains with very high connectivity and great flexibility to cope with rapid changes in demand.” "At the core of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is integration of new technologies based on the internet, all environment-friendly, energy-saving, and less or not polluting," he said. "The revolution is just beginning and it will have some initial effects," he said. Emerging economies would renovate extensively and encourage renovation and creativity to catch up with developed nations, he … [Read more...] about What does Industry 4.0 hold for Vietnam?