Deputy PM cracks whip at high pollution thermal plant

Deputy Primer Minister Hoang Trung Hai has called for severe self-criticism from the managers of the Vinh Tan Thermal Plant No 2 and ordered them to ensure there is no more environmental pollution or adverse effects on local residents, thousands of whom had demonstrated and stopped traffic on National Highway No 1A this month.

Gov’t encourages use of bio-fuel

Bio-fuel will be sold in all cities and provinces of Viet Nam next year, though it has been difficult meeting the government's schedule, said a Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) official.

Denmark eyes green energy in Vietnam

Denmark is seeking measures to boost its investment in green energy in Vietnam as only a few of local businesses are operating in this field, Danish Ambassador John Nielsen told reporters at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on June 27.

Incentivising Vietnam’s cleaner, greener future

Vietnam is gearing up its efforts to create a green economy. But existing incentives to motivate firms are generally insufficient.

Wind power makes things difficult for swallows

Like other countries in the world which are pursuing the wind power development program, Vietnam keeps a big worry about the impacts of the wind power on the environment, especially when the areas most potential for wind power development are the habitat of the precious salanganes.

From Waste to New Energy

The Hanoi People’s Committee has officially commenced the construction of a complex that treats industrial and hazardous waste to generate heat for power production in Nam Son commune in the outlying district of Soc Son. The project costs VND612 billion (US$29 million), of which 1.77 billion yen (VND472 billion or US$22.5 million) is non-refundable aid from Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) and over VND140 billion is counterpart capital from local investors. The complex also aims to reduce the levels of solid and toxic waste at land-fill sites, which are more harmful to the surroundings.

Promising energy service in Vietnam

Instead of investing a large amount of money in energy systems, businesses can make a deal with energy service companies to reduce their power consumption. This is a new type of energy efficiency services first appearing in Vietnam since February, 2012. Up to now, it has successfully accomplished 3 projects. At present, it is implementing 6 projects at five-star hotels in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

VN to persevere with biofuel conversion plan

Viet Nam will continue to develop its production of bio-fuel, despite the fact it has been slow to catch on.

Another wind power project for Ninh Thuan

The south-central coastal province of Ninh Thuan has given approval in principle for Vietnam Electricity Investment and Construction Joint Stock Company (EVNIC) to deploy a wind power project using Russian technology with total designed capacity of 40.5 MW, Pham Hong Giang, general director of EVNIC, said.

Highlights in energy savings in coal industry

With unique energy management solutions, Hon Gai Coal Limited Company – VINACOMIN has achieved the second prize of energy efficiency management in industry in the competition of Energy Management in industrial and buildings sector held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in 2012.