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HCMC – The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has issued the Guidelines for Developing Provincial Action Plan on Energy Efficiency for the 2020-2025 period, which is one of the key outcomes of the Danish Vietnamese Energy Partnership Program aimed at cutting the country’s energy consumption by 5-7% from now until 2025.

The guidelines, which are the result of a two-year-long cooperation between MOIT, the Danish Energy Agency and the two partner provinces of Dong Nai and Bac Giang, will help all the 63 provinces of Vietnam map energy use and prepare their own action plans to enhance energy-saving efforts.

“The ministry highly appreciates the Danish government’s support to Vietnam in the energy sector in the past few years. The set of guidelines for developing provincial action plans on energy efficiency is an important outcome of the Danish-Vietnamese Energy Partnership Program and will serve as a valuable tool for Vietnam in our efforts to achieve national energy-saving targets,” Deputy Minister of MOIT Hoang Quoc Vuong said in a statement jointly issued by the MOIT and the Danish Embassy in Hanoi.

“The Vietnamese Government’s decision to move toward a cost-effective energy efficiency pathway is very wise and encouraging, as energy efficiency plays a key role in the green transition of any country. I am delighted to see that the good cooperation between Danish and Vietnamese experts in the program has yielded strong outcomes and partly contributed to Vietnam’s efforts in saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases,” Kim Højlund Christensen, Ambassador of Denmark in Vietnam, was quoted as saying in the statement.

Anton Beck, Director for Global Cooperation at the Danish Energy Agency, remarked, “I am pleased that our cooperation with Vietnam in the energy sector has reached this milestone. The set of guidelines for provincial energy efficiency action plans is a solid initiative to help Vietnam reach its energy-saving targets.”

Once all the provinces in Vietnam follow the guidelines to develop and implement their own action plans, Vietnam will be able to speed up its way toward low emissions and sustainable development, Beck added.

Another important outcome of the Danish-Vietnamese Energy Partnership is the release of the biennial “Vietnam Energy Outlook” report. The most recent report was jointly issued by MOIT Deputy Minister Vuong and Danish Permanent Secretary for Climate, Energy and Utilities Morten Bæk in November 2019 in Hanoi City.

The report emphasizes energy efficiency as a cost-effective tool for Vietnam’s green transition toward 2030 and 2050 and recommends investments in energy-saving technology.

By Le Anh

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