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Monday, October 3, 2022

Prime Minister approves a national plan to tighten management of air quality

Updated: 13:06’ - 27/11/2021
Keeping close control of exhaust gas emissions of industrial factories, ensuring that the exhaust gas treatment of such factories complies with technical regulations on environment is one of the tasks set forth under a decision recently issued by the Prime Minister.

Under Decision 1973/QD-TTg, approving the national plan on air quality management during 2021-25, it is expected to intensify the supervision, warning and forecast of air quality around urban and waste-density areas, and effectively control exhaust gas emissions from residential, construction-related, and agricultural activities.

To improve air quality, the plan puts forward several solutions such as improving mechanisms, policies and laws on, and diversifying investment sources for, air quality management, and prevention and mitigation of emission of air contaminants.

It sets tasks to further implement the scheme on development of biological fuels through 2015, with a vision toward 2025; renew technologies and production processes and machinery; apply cleaner production processes according to ISO 14001 standards; develop and apply environmental treatment technologies; build and operate exhaust gas treatment systems up to technical standards on environment; and install automatic exhaust gas emission monitoring devices for constant operation at manufacturing and service provision establishments.

Under the Decision, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is assigned to direct provincial-level People’s Committees to formulate and implement provincial-level plans on air quality management, revise technical regulations and standards on environment related to air contaminant control; and coordinate with the Ministry of Transport in proposing to the Prime Minister roadmaps for application of national technical regulations and standards on exhaust gas emissions of motor vehicles used in Vietnam.

At the same time, the Ministry of Transport is tasked to implement the roadmap for application of the national technical regulations on environment for exhaust gas emitted by vehicles, and work out mechanisms to encourage the use of natural gas as fuels for vehicles operating in urban areas.- (VLLF)


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