Environmental activist Nguy Thi Khanh has been working for the socially just development of Vietnam and Southeast Asia for almost 20 years, and received the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to push Vietnam’s energy transition.
Last year, Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, had only 38 days of clean air, according to World Health Organization standards. On average in 2017, air pollution was four times as high as what is deemed acceptable.
The worst air pollution does not fall during busy traffic hours.
“We are determined to turn Nam Cuong into the first commune using clean energy in Vietnam,” says Mr. Hoang Ngoc Sang, the chairman of Nam Cuong’s People Committee. Since 2012, this small coastal commune in Tien Hai district, Thai Binh province, Vietnam, has been applying a Local Energy Planning approach. His words, and the local residents’ work, showcase a new thinking and determination in utilizing sustainable energy for their community.
HA NOI (VNS) — Air pollution from Vietnamese coal-fired power plants killed 4,300 people in 2011, and plants aren't reducing emissions any time soon, according to a recent Harvard University study.
International experts have warned that the atmosphere in Vietnam may become as polluted as that in Beijing, China now when the Southeast Asian country increases the number of coal-powered thermoelectricity plants from the current 12 to 70 in 2030.
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam will continue developing coal-run thermal power plants in the upcoming years despite the anticipated impact on the environment, as no better solution has been found.