Viet Nam Energy Efficient Public Lighting (VEEPL)


Public lighting, which includes lighting of streets, schools and hospitals, is still small in Viet Nam. Certain barriers have resulted in the installation of public lighting systems that are neither economically optimal, nor environment friendly. As the country continues to develop rapidly, public lighting is expected to grow quickly as well. Without effective intervention, Viet Nam is likely to be burdened with a public lighting sector that wastes public resources and contributes disproportionately to the national GHG emissions inventory.

The Viet Nam Energy Efficient Public Lighting (VEEPL) project will help to remove barriers to energy efficient public lighting through five carefully designed components. The project includes interventions in cooperation with the local lighting industry, government ministries and cities and towns to build this infrastructure. It is designed to support both the environmental and development objectives of the Government of Viet Nam and is in keeping with the government Decree on Energy Conservation and Efficiency (Decree 102) issued on September 3, 2003.

Through this intervention, UNDP aims to support economic growth that take into account environmental protection and rational use of natural resources for poverty reduction.

By reducing the demand for electricity from public lighting, particularly during the peak load period, the VEEPL project will help meet electricity needs for economic development and improve capacity withinViet Nam to more efficiently allocate national resources to the public lighting system. Better design, implementation and operation of public lighting will free funds to make additional public lighting investments, particularly in rural areas. Technical transfer activities will support Vietnamese lighting industry expansion to meet these new markets, eventually replacing imports and creating new jobs. Improved lighting equipment quality, design and installation will provide a better and more consistent standard of illumination for roads and public facilities.

The project will also be a significant contribution to the National Government’s international commitments related to the greenhouse gas emission reduction.

What are the project's key results?

  • Existing Public Lighting system policies and accompanied regulations are enhanced and new ones are developed
  • Potentials and requirements for the application of EE public lighting systems, as well as the support provisions for such initiatives established
  • Government, financial/banking and private sectors, are providing financial assistance to the development and implementation of EE public lighting system projects
  • Promotion and support for the development and application of EE public lighting systems continued and developed
  • Adequate, affordable, accessible and up-to-date information services, continuing education, and awareness improvement on the application of EE public lighting system

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
 00041134 US$3.0 million from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and US$12.4 million from National Co-financing Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)  Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Years Delivery (USD)
2006 368,520 (as of December 31, 2006)
2007 689,060 (as of February 15, 2008)
2008 786,959 (as of December 31, 2008)
2009 597,662 (as of December 31, 2009)
2010 395,956 (as of February 17, 2011)
2011 213,941 (as of February 17, 2012)

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