Energy-efficient lighting to reduce burden on national electrical supply

Dec 13, 2005

HA NOIUnless energy use becomes more sustainable, Viet Nam will not be able to meet national power demands, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today.

With ever growing numbers of cities and their increasing size, Viet Nam is facing unprecedented energy demands that, without careful planning and conservation, will outstrip available supply.

“The landscape of cities and towns in Viet Nam is changing every week,” said UNDP Resident Representative, Jordan Ryan. “Cities will consume huge amounts of power to light their streets, their parks and buildings. With projections that nearly half of the Vietnamese population will live in cities by 2020, now is the time for cities to go on an energy diet. The urgency of adopting energy-efficient solutions for public lighting is clear, but this will require action at the central and local levels.”

To address this problem, UNDP and the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) presented a five-year project today to promote the widespread use of energy efficient practices, operations and technologies for public lighting in Viet Nam. The five-year project will support the public and business sectors to conserve energy in public lighting and in the process, contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

Although public lighting for roads and public spaces accounts for about 291 GWh or only about one per cent of total energy consumption, the increasing pace of annual consumption is as high as 20% in urban areas and 10% in rural zones. Without significant action, by 2013 this level of consumption will increase more than five fold, to 1,624 GWh.

Ho Chi Minh City and Quy Nhon city will participate in trials supported by the project to decrease energy consumption. The successful implementation of the project is expected to result in cumulative energy savings of 310.5 GWh and Green House Gas (GHG) reductions equivalent to 133.5 kilo tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the period 2006-2010.

The US$15 million project, “Viet Nam Energy Efficient Public Lighting” includes a contribution of US$3.0 million from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through UNDP. Other contributions, in cash and in-kind, come from national counterparts including, ministries, universities, academic organizations, and the business sector. The GEF funds developing country projects that have global climate change benefits, in this case to support the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a major cause of the rise in average global temperatures and changes in the global climate

Contact informationNguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Media and Publications Unit
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.186

Le Van Hung, Sustainable Development Cluster, UNDP
(84-4) 942-1495 ext.159