Joint Efforts for Green Hanoi

11:06:13 AM | 24/11/2015

The rapid urbanisation process in Hanoi has resulted in such inadequacies as depleted natural resources, increased environmental pollution and violated land resources. These were topics of discussion at a seminar on green growth with businesses in Hanoi held by the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) to seek out solutions to the many difficulties.
Dr Nguyen Tue Anh, Vice President of CIEM, said Hanoi’s economic growth is higher than the national average, while the service sector is the biggest contributor. Industrial production value is primarily based on processing and manufacturing industries. Labour productivity is enhanced year after year. However, its achievements of criteria for green city are still very modest.
Remarking on energy sector development, Mr Dao Hong Thai, Director of the National Centre for Energy Conservation under the Department of Industry and Trade of Hanoi, said the programme aims to reduce investment for developing energy supply systems to bring greater socioeconomic benefits, protect the environment, rationalise the exploitation of energy resources, and implement sustainable socioeconomic development. According to energy audit results, the centre supported 129 industrial units to perform energy audits and apply 595 energy-saving solutions to save over 3,500 TOE. It also supported nine industrial facilities and seven buildings to develop new energy management models.
Mr Ho Cong Hoa from the Public Services Policy Committee, CIEM, introduced corporate green growth indicators for local businesses for reference. Accordingly, the set of 30 criteria is divided into four groups: Group 1: Assess awareness and actions of businesses for green growth (including 11 secondary indicators); Group 2: Assessing technological innovation of enterprises towards green growth (including nine secondary indicators); Group 3: Assessing efficient energy consumption (including 7 secondary indicators); and Group 4: Assessing product restructuring for green products (including three secondary indicators). Mr Hoa said the development of the set of indicators will be a regulatory and material tool for managers to track and evaluate enterprises, inform the community and consumers in a fair, open and transparent manner, and support enterprises to transform towards green growth.
Emphasising the importance of green growth indicators, Professor Le Thu Hoa, Dean of Environment and Urban Faculty under the National Economics University, said the research and understanding of these indicators will help businesses in Hanoi to adjust their production and business operations towards sustainable development and green growth.
At the conference, many experts said, as the second largest city by population after HCM City, urban management in Hanoi towards green growth faced certain difficulties. Therefore, to achieve good results, the city will need unified determinations of the Municipal Party Committee and Municipal People’s Committee and the active involvement of businesses and citizens. Accordingly, these measures should be soon deployed to encourage financial institutions and enterprises to carry out “green growth” operations; review technological options in place used in investment projects, especially when licensing or making investment decisions towards the achievement of “green growth” objectives; give priority to the development of high technology, clean technology, information technology, new material technology, and mould manufacturing technology. The city has taken measures and actions to examine pollution prevention in construction works, wastewater discharge, gas emission and noise. Particularly, every citizen needs to raise the awareness of green growth by choosing fuel-efficient vehicles which exhaust less fume into the environment, selecting power- and water-saving appliances to cut power and water consumption, and not buying products made from leather, fur or meat of wild animals.
Dr. Nguyen Tue Anh concluded that Hanoi must listen to constructive opinions from organisations and people to pursue green growth. The capital city of Vietnam must define that this is a tough time-consuming task. Importantly, the city’s authorities need to work out solutions to meet the set of green growth indicators, focus on green growth objectives applicable to industrial businesses, and supplement waste treatment indicators, Ms Anh stressed.
Anh Phuong