The Ministry of Planning and Investment on April 18 announced a national action plan on “green growth” that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of clean and renewable energy.
Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Nguyen The Phuong, said that green growth is an important part of the country’s industrialization and modernization goals, bringing them in line with a major 21st century global trend.
This will be achieved with international cooperation and commitments to ensuring sustainable development through green production, environmental protection and energy conservation, he said.
The action plan will attract due attention of the international community as well as domestic and foreign development organizations as it also focuses on support and cooperation in responding to climate change, a global issue, Phuong added.
As a developing country, Vietnam needs to continue studying and completing relevant mechanisms and policies while learning from experience of front-running countries in realizing this concept in the near future, experts said.
They suggested the Vietnamese Government create favorable conditions for changing the nation’s growth model, giving priority to developing hi-tech industries with low carbon emissions and other environmentally friendly technologies.
Improved management of natural resources and restoration of ecosystems should be regarded an indispensable task deserving top priority, experts proposed.
They said one of the most important initial steps to be taken at the very outset is creating a consensus on the green economy among leaders, enterprises and people.-