Vietnam: Round tables on Energy Access, Employment, and Air Quality and Health

The COBENEFITS Viet­nam focal point GreenID in coop­er­a­tion with the Inde­pen­dent Insti­tute for Envi­ron­men­tal Issues (UfU, Berlin) orga­nized three COBENEFITS round tables with Viet­namese stake­hold­ers in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Dur­ing the first round table on Mon­day, 10.06.2019, the focus was on pos­i­tive effects of renew­able ener­gy for the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of off-grid areas and ener­gy access. On the fol­low­ing day, employ­ment effects of RE devel­op­ment were dis­cussed. Final­ly, the week closed with the third round table on co-ben­e­fits of RE devel­op­ment for air qual­i­ty and health.

Many experts from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, includ­ing sci­ence, admin­is­tra­tion, civ­il soci­ety, and busi­ness, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the inter­ac­tive dis­cus­sions and iden­ti­fied solu­tions and win­dows of oppor­tu­ni­ty for seiz­ing co-ben­e­fits of RE devel­op­ment for dif­fer­ent sec­tors in Viet­nam. Dur­ing the ener­gy access round table, the diverse needs of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in off-grid areas through­out the coun­try were iden­ti­fied. The par­tic­i­pants also high­light­ed the impor­tance of infor­ma­tion and capac­i­ty build­ing for local gov­ern­ments regard­ing RE devel­op­ment. Fur­ther­more, the expert round table iden­ti­fied oppor­tu­ni­ties for inte­grat­ing RE in nation­al rur­al devel­op­ment strategies.

In the con­text of employ­ment effects, the par­tic­i­pants iden­ti­fied adopt­ed edu­ca­tion and devel­op­ment of skills of Viet­namese grad­u­ates and employ­ees as a key fac­tor to meet the needs of the RE sec­tor and to gen­er­ate pos­i­tive effects for the Viet­namese job market.

In the round table on co-ben­e­fits for air qual­i­ty and health, the Viet­nam Envi­ron­men­tal Admin­is­tra­tion pre­sent­ed the cur­rent issue of air pol­lu­tion in Viet­nam. Fur­ther experts pre­sent­ed data on the con­nec­tion of air pol­lu­tion and pub­lic health and it was dis­cussed to what extend the devel­op­ment of renew­able ener­gy could pro­vide for clean­er air in Vietnam.