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Workshop discusses air-health benefits from clean energy

A roundtable dialogue on co-benefits of sustainable energy development for air quality and community health took place in Hanoi on June 13.

Nguy Thi Khanh, director of Vietnam’s Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID), said the workshop aims to create a forum to identify related barriers and solutions to capitalising on co-benefits.

The event consisted of two discussion rounds with the participation of five Vietnamese and foreign speakers.

Le Hoang Anh, deputy head of the Northern Centre for Environmental Monitoring under the Vietnam Environment Administration, attributed air pollution in urban areas in Vietnam to large and fast increasing number of transport vehicles, widespread construction and industrial production using outdated technology and violations of environmental protection regulations.

She suggested a number of measures, including controlling emissions from transport, construction and industrial activities, raising public awareness on the matter, curbing the use of beehive coal stoves, and ultilising clean energy sources.

Tran Dinh Sinh, vice director of the GreenID, recommended Vietnam studies three scenarios related to electricity planning, renewable energy, and energy saving.

Participants said the country should consider the contribution of energy efficiency and renewable energy in its Power Master Plan VII.

They suggested competent agencies examine and complete emission standards for specific sectors, move polluted facilities to suburban areas, and promote environmentally friendly production.