UNDP Chief calls for expanding cleaner energy in Viet NamJun 15, 2010
On the second day of her official visit to Viet Nam, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visited Bat Trang village, an ancient centre for ceramics, to encourage the use of cleaner energy in the village’s kilns. UNDP is currently supporting a project which provides short-term loans to business owners to switch from coal-fired kilns to cleaner gas-fuelled furnaces, thereby significantly reducing CO2 emissions and improving energy efficiency.
"I think there are big opportunities for Vietnam, with climate finance becoming available for both adaptation and also for mitigation, by which I mean cleaner energy technologies, and that is what we have come to see here today.” said Helen Clark. “It's very exciting and it needs to be happening on a much larger scale right across Vietnam. Having clean technology is good for the community’s health and in this case it is also cheaper.”
The five-year project is funded by the Global Environment Facility and UNDP (US$5.5 million) and the Government of Viet Nam (US$23.5 million) as part of a wider UNDP-supported initiative to facilitate better environmental practices among Vietnamese SMEs.
So far, more than 400 businesses in the country have been given access to energy-efficient technology, helping them to reduce their energy consumption. At the same time, the profits of the participating businesses have increased – both through direct energy savings and through improvements in product quality, such as for participants in the bricks and ceramics sector, who are now using more modern kilns.
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