Vietnam News



­New index for Vietnam climate resilience
Sunday January 8th, 2017

Protecting, maintaining and restoring ecosystems, especially water systems, is among the most urgent tasks for strengthening the country’s resilience to climate change, said Dr Tran Van Giai Phong, technical specialist at the Institute for Social and Environment Transition (ISET).

Industry Spotlight: Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Market
Monday January 2nd, 2017

Due to rapid industrialization, energy consumption growth levels have been double that of Vietnam’s already high GDP growth levels, growing on average with approximately 12 percent per year from 2006 to 2015. As a result, almost all Vietnamese receive electricity at home, and the last rural villages are expected to be powered up by 2020.

In Vietnam, high-pollution industries enjoy relaxed environmental standards
Thursday December 29th, 2016

Vietnam is setting the bar too low in terms of environmental protection for several industries with high pollution outputs like steelmaking, paper and pulp.

Vietnam seeks investors for waste to power plants
Tuesday December 27th, 2016

VietNamNet Bridge – About 76,000 tons of waste is discharged every day in Vietnam, 80 percent of which is carried to landfills. It is estimated that the 7,000 tons of solid domestic waste dumped daily in HCMC could produce 1 billion kwh of electricity a year.

VN green energy gets strong tail wind
Saturday December 24th, 2016

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Việt Nam is hoping to boost its renewable energy production, especially wind and solar energy, to more than 10.7 per cent of total generation by 2030, up from the previously planned 6 per cent. Read more at

Natural disasters could cost Vietnam $6.7 billion
Wednesday December 14th, 2016

Vietnam will likely face damages of more than VNĐ141.2 trillion (US$6.7 billion) due to natural disasters such as typhoons, floods or earthquakes in the next 50 years, the World Bank has said.

Vietnam’s vulnerability to climate change has lessons for Ireland
Saturday December 10th, 2016

In Ireland we are already beginning to feel the negative effects of climate change through increased weather variability, and worse is yet to come. However, many other countries at an earlier stage of development than Ireland are facing greater risks of climate-induced damage.

Vietnam an attractive market for waste treatment projects
Monday November 28th, 2016

VietNamNet Bridge – Rapid urbanization, higher living standards, large volume of waste and rapid increase in the number of hospitals have all made Vietnam a potential market for foreign investors to develop waste treatment projects.

Urbanization usurps water bodies in HCM City’s south : Vietnam
Monday November 28th, 2016

HCM CITY— Massive construction in the southern part of HCM City, where the land is low-lying and the soil is marshy, has resulted in the disappearance of thousands of hectares of water bodies, experts fear.

Vietnam continues fight against climate change
Monday November 28th, 2016

The problem was discussed at the review conference seven years after the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) programme was implemented. The conference was held by the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) in Vietnam and the co-ordination units of ACCCRN.

Vietnam : WWF urges wildlife protection and changes to energy, food systems
Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles may decline by two-thirds by 2020, all within a 50-year period, including iconic species in the Greater Mekong region, such as the Irrawaddy dolphin and tiger, according to the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature’s Living Planet Report 2016 on Monday.

Vietnam cities fail to follow urban development plans
Tuesday November 15th, 2016

Reports from the Ministry of Construction, delivered at a conference in Ha Noi last weekend, indicate that there were 765 urban areas in the country as of 2012, with an urbanisation rate of 32.45 per cent.

Vietnam : Tràm Chim park set to develop eco-tourism
Sunday November 13th, 2016

Đồng Tháp Province’s People’s Committee will set aside a budget of VNĐ 90 billion (US$4.03 million) to develop tourism infrastructure at Tràm Chim National Park.

Vietnam : MONRE investigates Formosa
Saturday November 12th, 2016

HÀ NỘI – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) reported the results of an investigation into Taiwan-invested Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Hà Tĩnh Steel Company’s efforts to deal with the environmental incident it caused in four central provinces.

Flooding hits central Vietnam ahead of Typhoon Sarika
31 Oct 2016

Severe flooding in central Vietnam has left at least 21 people dead and submerged tens of thousands of homes. Worst affected is the province of Quang Binh, where at least 11 people have been killed, crops destroyed and livestock washed away.


ADB pledges more support for Vietnam’s sustainable growth

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will continue assisting the Vietnamese government through sovereign lending of about US$1 billion annually, its president said at a press briefing Friday.

Viet Nam attends Global Green Growth Forum

Vietnam has proposed establishing a mechanism for investment promotion and enhancing cooperation between the State and the private sector to boost green growth across the world.

USAID helps Vietnam cushion climate change impacts

The US would continue working with Vietnam to lessen growingly adverse impacts of climate change, according to Todd Raymond Johnson, who is Forest and Climate Change Advisor, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Asia’s Office of Technical Services.

World Bank to loan Vietnam $310 million for climate resilience

The World Bank has approved a US$310 million loan to help Vietnam build climate resilience and ensure sustainable livelihoods for 1.2 million people in the Mekong Delta region.

Vietnam: Deputy PM urges firms to protect environment

HÀ NỘI — Environmental protection must be the top priority of businesses, Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng said at a reception yesterday for General Director of Doosan Vina in Việt Nam Jung Yeon-in

Hanoi: Revised power plan, more renewable energy

The deputy PM reaffirmed the heavy and challenging tasks for the country’s power industry after a meeting earlier this week with Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) about implementing the adjustments to the 7th Vietnam Power Development Planning (PDP7) in the period 2011-20 with an outlook to 2030

Vietnam needs master plan for water sources: expert

The rainy season has begun and the serious drought in Mekong Delta is finally over. However, Vietnam will still face water shortages and saline intrusion in the long term.

Vietnam pushes renewable energy with focus on solar power

The average energy consumption in Vietnam grew 13 percent from 2006-2010, and by about 11 percent from 2011-2015, said Le Tuan Phong, deputy head of the General Directorate of Energy. The country is on the path towards powering itself by 2030, Phong said.

Hurdles for environmental impact assessments

Dr Nguyễn Khắc Kinh, Chairman of the Việt Nam Association of Environmental Impact Assessments, spoke to the newspaper Nhân Dân (People) about some of the constraints in Vietnamese law relating to environmental assessments.

Vietnam’s first waste-to-power system launched in Hanoi

Vietnam’s first waste-to-energy system capable of generating 1,930kW of power by treating 75 tonnes of industrial waste per day was launched in Hanoi’s suburban district of Soc Son on September 16.

Vietnam province scraps coal plant over environmental concerns

The Mekong Delta’s Bac Lieu Province scrapped plans for a coal-fired thermal power plant to pursue clean-energy options, last week.