Industry and trade sector gets handle on pollution hotspots

13:00 | 27/04/2021 Environment

(VEN) - The industry and trade sector is making efforts to control environmental pollution hotspots, sending teams to inspect the adherence of manufacturing facilities to the law on environmental protection.

industry and trade sector gets handle on pollution hotspots

Inspections and handling of problems arising from industrial discharge are conducted regularly

Better technology to reduce emissions

According to the Industrial Safety Techniques and Environment Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), the ministry has issued many policies and legal documents over the past decade, the most recent being Decision 1375/QD-TTg dated September 8, 2020 submitted to the Prime Minister on approving the Environmental Protection Plan of the industry and trade sector for the 2020-2025 period.

Accordingly, the MoIT has strengthened the supervision of projects which pose risks to the environment, and urged enterprises to innovate technology gradually to reduce emissions. It has also developed mechanisms and policies on production and consumption of recycled plastic products associated with the environmental industry.

Since 2015, the ministry has inspected environmental protection at 148 enterprises, mainly in industries such as thermal power, chemicals, metallurgy and mining. In addition to periodic inspections, it also carried out unexpected inspections on environmental protection following requests of localities, organizations and individuals. The inspection and supervision has focused in particular on the operation of coal-fired thermal power plants.

The industry and trade sector also attached importance to international cooperation programs in environmental protection. For the past decade, the MoIT has coordinated with relevant ministries, agencies and sectors to implement projects on management of discarded printed circuit boards, on a joint clean industry project with Denmark, and on applying the best available technology and methodologies to reduce emissions of unintentionally produced persistent organic pollutants (uPOPs) from Vietnamese industries. The ministry is also cooperating with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands on developing a circular economy.

Controlling, eliminating pollution sources

The MoIT has set various goals in order to further improve the effectiveness of environmental protection in the industry and trade sector, including strengthening law enforcement on environmental protection, adopting trade policies in line with international commitments, and managing industry and trade environmental database. Also on the agenda is a proposal to the government to grant it authority over handling of administrative violations in the field of ash, slag and gypsum waste management in the thermal power, coal, steel, chemicals and fertilizer industries.

It will also continue to handle sources of environmental pollution by assessing current production technologies, emission sources and the environmental risks of key industries, as well as the use of POPs in industry, and take inventory of uPOP compound emissions.

In addition, it will promote management, treatment, recycling, and reuse of ash, slag and gypsum from thermal power plants, chemicals, fertilizers, steel slag in steel production and of other industrial wastes; and ensure the safety of landfills, and dams of ore reservoirs in mineral mining and processing.

The MoIT’s four-point plan for the near future includes strengthening international cooperation on environmental protection in industry and trade; strengthening capacity of law enforcement and supervision; piloting green industry models in industries; and promoting the construction of eco-friendly industrial parks, industrial clusters and craft villages.

Do Nga