PRESS RELEASE PROJECT LAUNCH ”Civil society meets renewable energy and energy efficiency“ (E-Enhance) Hanoi, 21/8/2017 For immediate release On 21 August, 2017, in Hanoi, Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) holds official launch event ...
For immediate release
On 21 August, 2017, in Hanoi, Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID) holds official launch event of the project ”Civil society meets renewable energy and energy efficiency“ (or E-Enhance). This event is held in coincidence with the launch of Renewable Energy Week 2017 on the same day. Funded by the European Union’s non-refundable ODA, the project is co-implemented by GreenID and UfU – Independent Institute for Environmental Issues of German in 4 years, starting from August 2017 to August 2021, with a total funding of 685,326 euro. Of which, the EU committed to finance 600,000 euro and the rest is in form of corresponding capital contributed by GreenID and UfU.
Renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) are suitable solutions for meeting ever increasing energy demand, reducing the dependence on imported coal and creating economic, social and environmental benefits for Vietnam. Yet, limitation of knowledge and awareness of the benefits and importance of RE & EE is a still barrier to turn them into advantage in the country. Not least, the dissemination of these knowledge to people living in off-grid and poor areas is very limited that requires proper attention given to lessen development gap in these locations.
With the slogan “Share and spread a green future”, E-Enhance project is to focus on increasing knowledge and practical application of RE and EE for the representatives of VNGOs, social and professional organisations, as well as ordinary people living in rural, mountain and island areas, with priority given to those people living in off-grid and poor communities. Basic and advanced training on renewable energy and energy efficiency will be provided to around 1000 people.
In parallel with knowledge transfer, this project will also provide small financial packages to help family households and public locations in the communities install and put into use RE & EE solutions. For off-grid and poor communities the access to affordable and stable energy is a priority for their local development E-Enhance project, therefore, attaches special importance to create chance for local economic development by helping the communities produce energy on the local level besides environmental protection.
Promoting energy efficiency initiatives in school is also given due attention in this project. “School using energy smartly” initiative will be piloted in at least 10 schools in the north before it will be replicated to other schools in different communities in Vietnam. Owning to the initiative, awareness on energy efficiency among teachers and students will be not only improved, but it will also help school managers cut down electrical bills, contributing to successfully building friendly school model.
“Through this project GreenID and our partners want accompany with the Government in the common effort to increase public awareness and practical action on RE &EE. As the result, the project contributes to accelerate RE development, Green growth, cutting down carbon and greenhouse gas emissions after the orientation of sustainable development for the country,” Mrs. Nguy Thi Khanh, GreenID Executive Director said.
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