Hanwha launches Solar-Powered Mekong River clean-up campaign in Vietnam

10:52 | 07/06/2019 Environmental Resources

(VEN) - In commemoration of World Environment Day on June 5, Hanwha, with support from the Vietnam Environment Administration and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), launched the “Clean Up Mekong” campaign in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam. The campaign will combat water pollution caused by floating waste in the Mekong River.

The two solar-powered boats donated by Hanwha Group to Vinh Long Province that to be used to clean up the Mekong river

Under the campaign, Hanwha Group donated two solar-powered boats to Vinh Long Province that to be used to clean up the river. Vinh Long is the first province to pilot project. If it proves success, Hanwha will plan to expand the campaign to other provinces in Vietnam.

Ahead of the handover ceremony for the solar-powered boat, Hanwha carried out social media based campaign to raise public awareness of the environmental issues caused by water pollution and the importance and benefits of environmentally friendly energy sources. The campaign’s launch was a success, with 3.3 million video views and more that over 1,000 comments being posted on Facebook in just a week.

The ceremony was attended by various dignitaries, including 20 representatives from 15 different government organizations. Among those in attendance were: Sun-Mok Choi, President and Head of the Hanwha Communications Committee; Back Jong Kook, Chairman and General Director of Hanwha Life Vietnam; Doo Hwan Chun, Senior Vice President and Head of Hanwha Techwin Security Vietnam; Representatives of the Vietnam Environment Administration; Tran Hoang Tuu, Vice President of Vinh Long Permanent Provincial People's Committee; and Hanh Le, Deputy Country Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute in Vietnam.

Representatives of the Vietnam Environment Administration, Hanwha Group; Vinh Long Permanent Provincial People's Committee; Global Green Growth Institute in Vietnam at the launch event

The Mekong is a trans-boundary river that runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam, before discharging into the sea. It carries 475 billion km³ of water annually, and supports over 70 million people who rely on it as their main source of water.

Indiscriminate waste disposal and sewage discharge along the river’s length, however, has turned the Mekong into one of world’s ten most polluted rivers. The pollutants ultimately float into the ocean and threatens all marine life. The Clean Up Mekong campaign aims to remove waste before it enters the ocean, at the riverside city of Vinh Long.

Powered and propelled by Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK solar modules, the boat will be used to scoop up waste in the Mekong River without emitting any greenhouse gases or other pollutants. Further the boat is also silent, resulting in minimal disturbance to local wildlife.

Powered and propelled by Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK solar modules, the boat will be used to scoop up waste in the Mekong River without emitting any greenhouse gases or other pollutants

This campaign is the latest in Hanwha’s ongoing efforts to combat climate change and energy poverty, and to encourage responsible consumption in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

GGGI and Hanwha have long worked together to advance green growth, and now given the mounting challenge of solid waste in Vietnam, have come together with the government of Vietnam on this crucial campaign to clean up the Mekong. This campaign links with GGGI’s other efforts to improve waste management, such as recycling, reducing and waste to energy technologies.

“Solid waste is one of the top issues facing cities in Vietnam” added Hanh Le, Deputy Country Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute in Vietnam. “With Hanwha’s solar boat, and the awareness campaign around it, we can begin to see a cleaner Mekong river, which will benefit all of Vietnam”.

Mr Back Jong Kook, Back Jong Kook, Chairman and General Director of Hanwha Life Vietnam, said that Hanwha Life Vietnam (a member of Hanwha Group) said "cleaning up the Mekong River is a truly meaningful project to protect the local environment and improving the quality of life for Vietnamese people. This activity once again affirms the mission of Hanwha Group and Hanwha Life Vietnam always wants to contribute more to Vietnam as a member of the local community”.