Launching the new green chemistry project to reduce the use and emissions of POPs and hazardous chemicals

Apr 6, 2018

Ha Noi, 6 April 2018 - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Viet Nam Chemicals Agency, Ministry of Industry and Trade held the inception workshop of the “Application of Green Chemistry in Viet Nam to support green growth and reduction in the use and release of POPs and hazardous chemicals " project.

Attending the workshop were representatives from ministries such as the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Industry and Trade from some provinces, from international organizations, and from enterprises such as Bai Bang Paper Company, and Viet Nam Chemical Group.

"This is the first green chemistry project that aims to minimize the use and emission of chemicals that are not in the Multilateral Environment Agreements list to be implemented in Viet Nam and in Southeast Asia. The project has three objectives: create a legal framework, raise awareness, and piloted practices that will help reduce emissions and the use of POPs, "said Mr. Dao Xuan Lai, UNDP Assistant Country Director, Head of the Environment and Climate Change unit.

He added that "Viet Nam is one of the pioneers in POPs issues and has a lot of experience in dealing with POPs since the war. Therefore, UNDP and GEF expect that Viet Nam will lay the foundation and give the first lessons and experiments in this field.”

At the workshop, Ms. Christine Wellington Moore, UNDP Programme Advisor Montreal Protocol Unit/Chemicals, Asia Pacific Regional Centre, introduced the overall project activities, result framework and components to be implemented in Viet Nam. "Green chemistry is not new, but it is not easy to do, so we want to get stakeholders’ opinions present in the workshop today."

The chemical and manufacturing sectors play a very important role in the Viet Nam’s economic development, industrialization and modernization. However, there is a growing concern over the potentially adverse impacts on human health, the environment and ecosystems that the chemicals they release through their products and production processes can have.

This project aims to create an enabling environment for the introduction and the application of Green Chemistry to relevant sectors as part of Viet Nam’s commitment to the Stockholm and the Minamata Conventions.

The project will reduce the use of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and release of Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (U-POPs) through the introduction of green chemistry in six industrial sectors in Viet Nam: chrome plating, pulp and paper manufacturing, plastic manufacturing, textile, pesticides and solvents. Specific guidance for each sector will be developed and the green chemistry approach will be streamlined into relevant legislations.

With the support of GEF and UNDP, this 3 year-project will also promote awareness on Green Chemistry, its benefits, and its guiding principles. These principles are: 1. Prevent waste; 2. Maximize atom economy; 3. Design less hazardous chemical syntheses; 4. Design safer chemicals and products; 5. Use safer solvents and reaction conditions; 6. Increase energy efficiency; 7. Use renewable feedstocks; 8. Avoid chemical derivatives; 9. Use catalysts, not stoichiometric reagents; 10. Design chemicals and products to degrade after use; 11. Analyze in real time to prevent pollution; 12. Minimize the potential for accidents.

More information, please kindly contact:

Phan Huong Giang
Media and Communications Analyst,
United Nations Development Programme
Email: phan.huong.giang@undp.org; Mob: 0948466688

Bui Hoa Binh
Project Development and Management Officer
United Nations Development Programme
Email: bui.hoa.binh@undp.org;

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