EU supports Vietnam’s green growth efforts

09:16 | 12/11/2016 Cooperation

(VEN) - The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the EU Delegation to Vietnam recently co-organized a senior level seminar on Vietnam Green Growth Strategy (VGGS). Ambassador Bruno Angelet, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, affirmed the EU would support Vietnam’s efforts to promote green growth.

eu supports vietnams green growth efforts

Seminar participants discussed the VGGS, focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation, and efforts to successfully implement the Paris Agreement achieved at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). They shared the EU’s experiences in making decisions related to the implementation of green growth strategies in Europe, and discussed measures to increase international support for Vietnam’s efforts to promote green growth.

The seminar addressed green growth at a strategic level that involves central authorities, and compared strategic planning for green growth in the EU to that in Vietnam in the fields of industrial development, renewable energy, urban development, construction, and finance. Participants also talked about the European support for strategic planning in Vietnam, the role of the private sector, and contributions of European businesses to the implementation of green growth plans.

According to the MPI, the Vietnam National Green Growth Strategy for the 2011-2020 period with a vision towards 2050 was approved in September 2012. Five ministries and nearly 30 provinces and cities have worked out and are implementing their green growth action plans. Many localities and businesses have identified promoting green growth as a major task. These efforts have brought encouraging results as well as valuable lessons.

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said that as a member of the Paris Agreement, Vietnam’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are being drafted and will be submitted to the government for approval. These efforts contribute to reinforcing Vietnam’s actions towards sustainable development goals by 2030.

Seminar participants highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts to promote a green economy. MPI’s Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment Department Director Pham Hoang Mai said the support of the international community, including EU countries, is crucial to the achievement of Vietnam’s sustainable development goals by 2030.

According to Ambassador Bruno Angelet, the European Parliament ratified the Paris Agreement on October 4. Thus, the EU ratification will cross the 55 percent emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the agreement. As a world leader in fighting climate change and promoting green growth, the EU affirmed that economic growth could go together with greenhouse gas emission reduction. Their partnership with Vietnam pursues the same objectives. The EU remains Vietnam’s best friend in this battle, he emphasized.

Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment Department Director Pham Hoang Mai:

The green growth strategy shows Vietnam’s strong determination to implement its millennium development goals

Chu Huynh