Green production and consumption to protect the environment

08:02 | 26/02/2014 Science - Technology

(VEN) - “Along with increases in population and social consumption, Vietnam and many countries around the world are facing tremendous challenges in environmental protection and sustainable development.

Participating in the SPPEL project, companies will receive advice and technical support from UNEP and Vietnamese experts on green production

Therefore, the deployment and adoption of green procurement policy in Vietnam to encourage sustainable production and consumption is a pressing need,” said Director General of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) Bui Cach Tuyen at the start-up workshop for eco-product manufacturing and consumption through sustainable public procurement and eco-label (SPPEL) project held by VEA in coordination with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on February 18 in Hanoi.Nguyen Minh Cuong, a VEA member, said “The SPPEL project will be deployed in three years from 2014 to 2016 in Hanoi and some other provinces and cities of Vietnam. The goal of the project is to assist competent government agencies in Vietnam to build technical capacity to promote and implement the SPP & NST policy to achieve the highest efficiency, creating a forum for scientists and management agencies  from public and private sectors in formulating SPP & NST policy to ensure integration in the process of decision making. ODA funds for project implementation will be US$248,691, and  US$15,000 as counterpart funds (including cash and in-kind).”

The project will be pided into four components: organizing project implementation; evaluation of implementation of SPP; planning and construction of SPP prioritized actions and integrated national action plan on sustainable production and consumption; and deployment of activities within the framework of the SPP national action plan. These components will be carried out under the management of the Joint Coordination Committee between UNEP and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

In evaluation of the necessity of implementing SPPEL project, Nguyen Minh Cuong said “Participating in the project, Vietnam will increase SPPEL capacity for staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment , Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Industry and Trade. In addition, the private sector will also receive advice and technical support from UNEP and Vietnamese experts through workshops to raise awareness about the policies on sustainable public procurement and eco-labels.”

The Law on Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection Strategy until 2020 with Vision toward 2030, and other applied legal regulations are encouraged adoption of sustainable production and consumption. The National Strategy for Green Growth issued on September 25, 2012 under prime ministerial Decision 1393/QD-TTg stated: One of the solutions to ensure green growth is to promote sustainable consumption and build green lifestyles. The tasks to be implemented include promulgating regulations on green public expenditure, capital expenditure and recurrent expenditure of the state budget with priority given to the procurement and use of eco-labeled and recyclable goods, eco-labeling and information dissemination of environmentally friendly products, and green shopping roadmap construction until 2020.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, to better implement SPPEL project, related Vietnamese ministries will participate in the construction process and implementation of project activities. For example,  Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will perform the function of state management in the field of land and water resources, mineral resources, geography, environment, meteorology, and mapping sea and islands while VEA is responsible for implementing the Vietnam Green Label Program./.

By Phuong Tam