COBENEFITS at Renewable Energy Week Vietnam

Dur­ing the Renew­able Ener­gy Week Viet­nam 2018, COBENEFITS project leader Sebas­t­ian Hel­gen­berg­er gave a pre­sen­ta­tion with insights into the co-ben­e­fits of renew­able ener­gy that have become dri­vers of the Ger­man Energiewende but are also rel­e­vant for Vietnam.

The oppor­tu­ni­ties of renew­ables for local val­ue cre­ation and ener­gy inde­pen­den­cy, but also for the preser­va­tion of tra­di­tions and cul­tur­al habi­tat were of great inter­est to the audi­ence. In Ger­many, plans of the major elec­tric­i­ty pro­duc­er RWE to extend coal min­ing in the for­est „Ham­bach­er Forst“, mak­ing it nec­es­sary to clear up even more parts of the for­est and to dis­place thou­sands of peo­ple, have recent­ly sparked a debate on the true costs of coal. Not only in Ham­bach­er Forst, cen­turies old vil­lages and tra­di­tions could be saved with the deci­sion against fur­ther coal min­ing and for renew­ables instead.

The Renew­able Ener­gy Week Viet­nam took place from 21.–26.8.2018 in dif­fer­ent cities in Viet­nam and was orga­nized by the Viet­nam Sus­tain­able Ener­gy Alliance (VSEA) with GreenID, the COBENEFITS focal point for Viet­nam. The pro­gram has become an annu­al forum for stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss chal­lenges, ideas and solu­tions pro­posed for a sus­tain­able ener­gy tran­si­tion path­way in Vietnam.