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EU to support climate change adaptation and mitigation

Released at: 11:41, 23/09/2016

EU to support climate change adaptation and mitigation

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Head of the EU Delegation in Vietnam discusses support at conference on September 21 in Hanoi.

by Hai Van

The EU will prioritize support to Vietnam in climate change adaptation and mitigation, Mr. Bruno Engelet, Head of the EU Delegation in Vietnam, told the “EU Climate Diplomacy Week” conference held on September 21 in Hanoi.

At the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) held in Paris, he said, members of the EU committed to cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 compared to the 1990 figure, the US by 26 to 28 per cent by 2025 compared to 2005, and Japan by 26 per cent by 2025 compared to 2013. The EU also committed to making a breakthrough in its low carbon economy.

Vietnam committed to cutting 8 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. With international support it would be able to cut emissions by 25 per cent.

The EU has three important activities relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation in Vietnam at this time.

Firstly, it will discuss with Vietnam about implementing commitments made at COP 21.  

Secondly, the EU Delegation will cooperate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment to implement the country’s green growth strategy, holding a workshop on October 1 to share ideas relating to the strategy.

The third EU activity is working with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to disburse Vietnam’s energy reform subsidy (using a non-refundable grant of €350 million, or $392 million). This innovation focuses on rural electrification, the enhanced use of renewable energy, structural adjustments to energy supply, and efficient energy use.

Mr. Angelet also said that members of the EU have encouraged Vietnam to reach its commitments and will share their experience on the construction and implementation of climate policy. 

Other events within the “EU Climate Diplomacy Week” from September 19 to 25 include a screening of the film “Water 2030”, a competition on video sharing on social media networks, and meetings with journalists.

COP 21 was held from November 30 to December 11, 2015 with 190 countries represented. Its aim was to set up international climate agreements from 2020 to limit average temperatures by late in the 21st century. Countries also set goals on reducing emissions within five years.

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