Wednesday, 27/09/2023 | 05:33 GMT+7

Vietnam and Denmark cooperate in pushing forward energy saving efforts


The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has issued the Guidelines for Developing Provincial Action Plan on Energy Efficiency for the period 2020-2025.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has issued the Guidelines for Developing Provincial Action Plan on Energy Efficiency for the period 2020-2025. The guidelines, drafted with the support of the Danish Vietnamese Energy Partnership Programme, will help all the 63 provinces of Vietnam to map energy use and prepare their own action plan to implement energy saving efforts.

This set of guidelines is one of the key outputs of the Danish Vietnamese Energy Partnership Programme as it provides an essential base for the energy efficiency efforts in Vietnam towards the target of achieving 5-7 pct. energy savings on a national level in the period 2019-2025. The set of guidelines is a result of more than two years of closely working together between MOIT, the Danish Energy Agency and the two partner provinces, i.e. Dong Nai and Bac Giang.

Vietnamese and Danish experts exchange experiences on monitoring of electricity usage in the plant.

“The Ministry of Industry and Trade highly appreciates the Danish government’s support to Vietnam in the energy sector in the past years. The set of guidelines for developing  provincial action plans on energy efficiency is an important deliverable of the Danish-Vietnamese Energy Partnership Programme and will serve as one of the valuable tools for Vietnam in our efforts to achieve the national energy efficiency targets” said H.E. Mr. Hoang Quoc Vuong,  Deputy Minister of  MOIT.

“The government of Vietnam has on many occasions shown its strong commitment to green development. The government’s decision to adopt a cost effective energy efficiency pathway, in my opinion, is very wise and encouraging since energy efficiency plays a key role in the green transition of any country. I am delighted to see that the good cooperation between Danish and Vietnamese experts  in the Danish-Vietnamese Energy Partnership Programme has yielded strong outputs and partly contributed  to Vietnam’s realization of its national targets on energy savings and consequently reduction of greenhouse gases” said , H.E. Mr. Kim Højlund Christensen, Ambassador of Denmark in Vietnam.

Another important component of the Danish-Vietnamese Energy Partnership is the release of the biennial ‘Vietnam Energy Outlook’ report. The most recent report was issued in November 2019 in Hanoi jointly by MOIT Deputy Minister Hoang Quoc Vuong, and the Danish Permanent Secretary for Climate, Energy and Utilities Morten Bæk. The report emphasizes energy efficiency as a cost-efficient tool for Vietnam’s green transition towards 2030 and 2050 and recommends investments in energy saving technology, which will in the long run be more cost effective due to substantial savings of costs in fuels.  Many benefits from improved energy efficiency include major societal benefits such as reduced air pollution and improved national energy security.

“I am pleased that our cooperation with Vietnam in the energy sector has reached this milestone. The set of guidelines for Provincial Energy Efficiency Action Plan, issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade , is a solid initiative to help Vietnam reach its cost-effective energy saving targets. Similar initiatives have proven very effective in Denmark and I am confident that it will work well in Vietnam too. I hope that once all the provinces in Vietnam follow the guidelines to develop and implement their own action plan, Vietnam will be able to shorten its way towards low emissions and sustainable development’, said, Mr. Anton Beck, Director for Global Cooperation at the Danish Energy Agency.

Vietnam’s industrial sector is one of the most energy consuming sectors of the country and is, therefore, an important factor in the transition to a low-carbon society. Calculations show that if existing legislation is enforced, the sector could save at least 8% of its current annual energy consumption by 2025. With new methods, tools and incentives based on Danish experiences, the saving rate could even be higher. 

The Guidelines for Developing Provincial Action Plan on Energy Efficiency for the period 2020-2025 includes: Plan template, Guidelines and Excel tool.




Background Information

Vietnam has experienced a significant increase in energy consumption, especially power consumption with an annual growth rate of about 9-10 percent in this decade. According to the revised National Power Development Plan 7 approved by the Government of Vietnam, the total national energy consumption, especially fossil fuel consumption, will increase rapidly in the coming period in order to meet the country’s high economic growth. Meanwhile, the government is committed to the Paris Agreement and aims to ensure sustainable development to protect the climate and the environment.

The Danish-Vietnamese Energy Partnership

• In 2013, Vietnam and Denmark entered a long-term cooperation agreement with the purpose of promoting a transition in Vietnam to a low-carbon economy. It is financed by the Danish government and administered by the Danish Energy Agency.

• The Danish Energy Agency cooperates with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) in Vietnam through the joint Energy Partnership Programme (DEPP) between Vietnam and Denmark. The program is currently in its second phase running from 2017 to 2020 and covers energy efficiency in the industrial sector, integration of renewable energy into the power grid and long-term scenario modeling of the energy sector. 

• The next phase DEPP III will be a five year programme (2020-2025) planned to start from November 2020. It will include a work stream focused on developing economic incentive schemes for energy efficiency improvements in the industrial sector in Vietnam.

• The Danish Energy Agency’s Centre for Global Cooperation partners with 16 other countries, which in total account for more than 65% of the global CO₂ emissions. The aim is to share Danish experiences on shaping an energy system that combines a green, low-carbon and reliable energy supply with economic growth.

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