Project promoting efficient use of energy in construction reviewed

08:59 | 21/06/2017 Energy

The Ministry of Construction (MoC), in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on June 20 reviewed the project on ‘Promoting energy efficiency in the construction sector’ in Vietnam.

project promoting efficient use of energy in construction reviewed
Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thị Mỹ Linh highly appreciates results from the VCEP - Photo: baoxaydung

The project is part of the USAID’s Vietnam Clean Energy Programme (VCEP) which was launched in 2014.

Over the past three years, the project’s management board has closely coordinated with USAID, Winrock International organisation and relevant agencies to implement the works under the project, particularly in five major cities including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Da Nang and Can Tho.

The results and products of the VCEP have significantly contributed to the implementation of activities to promote the safe and effective use of energy for construction works of the MoC.

Notably, thanks to support received by the project, in May 2017, the MoC issued an action plan on green growth by 2020, with orientation to 2030.

USAID Mission Director Michael Greene said that relevant agencies should pay much attention to energy in Vietnam due to the rapid pace of urbanisation and development.

He also emphasised that policies as well as action plans will create a map to guide the next steps. Accordingly, the existing data will be the basis for the building of suitable models for construction works in Vietnam.

Like many countries around the world, Vietnam is facing numerous challenges during its development process, particularly the depletion of resources, exhaustion of fossil energy sources, increase of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental pollution.

According to the statistics, energy consumption in the construction sector, including the civil sector, accounts for around 36-37 percent of total national energy consumption.

Activities promoting effective and safe energy use for construction works under the MoC have received active support from many international organisations including International Finance Corporation, Danish Government, Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Development Programme and USAID.

Theo NDO