06:00 | 24/04/2021 Industry
(VEN) - Vietnam Electricity (EVN), the country’s largest power company, has undertaken effective solutions in recent years in recognition of its vital role and responsibility in economic development, environmental protection and climate change adaptation.
According to Duong Quang Thanh, Chair of EVN’s Member Council, Vietnam’s intensive industrialization and urbanization take up considerable land areas and generate environmental pollution.
In addition to calling on the community to use electricity economically and effectively and save water resources, EVN has responded to many environmental protection movements. Earlier this year, the power producer launched a tree-planting festival throughout the industry, with a goal of planting and cultivating 100,000 trees in 2021, and one million trees by 2025.
Planting more trees will help prevent erosion, limit flooding, contribute to reducing environmental pollution in urban and industrial areas and keep the air fresh, Thanh added.
So far, all EVN units have responded positively. For example, on March 12, Power Generation Joint Stock Corporation 3 held a tree-planting festival at the Vinh Tan Thermal Power Center, and on March 16, Power Generation Corporation 1 started planting trees at the Quang Ninh thermal power plant. On the same day, the National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT) started planting trees in Cao Bang Province. On March 19, the Northern Power Corporation (EVNPC) began planting thousands of trees in Phu Tho Province.
EVN’s hydroelectricity plants also adhere to strict water resource management, operating reservoirs in accordance with the regulations on water supply for lowland areas, as well as producing electricity for the whole country. In addition, EVN has done well in tending and protecting forests and fulfilling its obligation to pay for forest environmental services and contributing to the protection of natural resources and the environment, and to sustainable forest development.
Environmental protection of thermoelectricity
EVN’s leadership has affirmed that in the process of investment, production and business, the company always complies with environmental protection laws to ensure sustainable and long-term development. Accordingly, all of EVN’s power projects in the preparation stage of investment have environmental impact assessment reports.
EVN’s thermal power plants are not only installed with automatic and continuous gas and wastewater monitoring equipment and systems, but have also invested in exhaust treatment systems. The parameters of their operations are sent to state management agencies and publicized for the community.
EVN not only regularly directs and supervises its slag management units to ensure safe operation and control, but also promotes the use of ash and conforming to technical standards and regulations for suitable building materials and ground filling.
All of EVN’s thermal power plants have signed contracts for ash and slag consumption with partners. As of December 31, 2020, the plants generated 8.51 million tonnes of ash and slag, with 7.1 million tonnes used by its contract partners. At the same time, the units have replanted and added trees in their factory premises to ensure the percentage of trees as prescribed and promote the effectiveness of dust shielding.
Observing Earth Hour
In addition to afforestation and environmental protection efforts, EVN participates annually in the Earth Hour campaign, disseminating information about the event and about the importance of power saving, raising awareness of environmental protection needs through photo and painting contests, organizing rallies and parades, collecting garbage and planting more trees.
In 2021, following the direction of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on coordinating activities in response to the Earth Hour campaign, EVN instructed its units to spread information about electricity saving and environmental protection using websites and such platforms as fanpage and zalo. Organizations, agencies and customers were advised to turn off unnecessary lights and equipment from 20:30 to 21:30 on Saturday, March 27, 2021.