Report from World Wide Fund for Nature and Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance promotes the long-term possibilities of renewable energy sources.
By 2050 renewable energy in Vietnam could meet from 80 to 100 per cent of national electricity demand according to a report on the country’s electricity generation with vision to 2050 from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA).
The report outlined three power development scenarios for Vietnam. In the first Vietnam continues to depend on fossil fuels while in the other two renewable power could meet from 80 to 100 per cent of national electricity demand by 2050.
Ms. Pham Cam Nhung from WWF said that solar energy could meet at least 35 per cent of national energy demand while wind power could meet about 13 per cent.
The authors of the report also expressed concern that the National Master Power Plan in the 2011-2020 period and vision to 2030 is not sustainable because it depends on hydroelectric and thermal power.
Thermal power uses too much fossil fuel and creates large amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
Under adjustments to the Master Power Plan, hydroelectricity is to account for about 29.5 per cent of generated electricity by 2020, 20.5 per cent by 2025, and 15.5 per cent by 2030.
Thermal power is to contribute 49.3 per cent and consume about 63 million tonnes of coal. By 2050 generation will be 45,800 MW, accounting for 55 per cent, with 95 million tonnes of coal consumed.