HCM City towards clean energy solutions in smart city building

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News
Solar panels installed on houses in HCM City (Source: ves-vn.com)

HCM City (VNA) – Experts and scientists have discussed
how to promote the application of technological solutions to produce clean
energy, and form communities using smart energy, towards making over Ho Chi
Minh City as a smart city in a seminar on April 20.

The event was jointly held by the Centre for Hands-on Actions and Networking
for Growth and Environment (CHANGE) and the Centre for Regional and Urban
Studies under the Union of Science and Technology Associations (USTA) .

Nguyen Phuong Duy from the municipal Department of Industry
and Trade said the city has implemented important items in the project “Developing
HCM City into a smart city in 2017-2020, with a vision to 2025”, focusing on promoting
the use of smart and clean energy, saving and effective energy use.

Participants heard that local residents have consciously used solar energy in daily
activities. Over 12,000 solar energy water heaters have been used in HCM City
so far. A great number of customers installed solar electrify systems connected
to the national grid. Many waste-to-energy plants were also formed in the city, helping creating safe energy sources.

 “Smart city development should include
the ability to deal with environmental challenges and clean energy technology
solutions will play a very important role,” said Tran Ngoc Giao, chairman of USTA.

He added that many policies and activities have been taken to promote the
development of household-scale solar energy model, noting that the city aims to
raise the total capacity of solar electricity to 200 MW in 2025.

Hoang Thi Minh Hong, Director of CHANGE, suggested the Government focus on
increasing the generation of renewable energy because in 2016 Vietnam and 47
other nations signed a pledge to have renewables accounting for 100 percent of
energy generation by 2050.

“I expect that HCM City, with its geographic, climatic, economic, technological
and human resource potential, will lead the nation in renewable energy”, she

Statistics show that HCM City saved 3.1 billion million kWh and reduced 2.039
billion tonnes of CO2 in 2011-2017.

The city plans to have 0.8 percent of electricity from wind by 2020, 1 percent
by 2025 and 2.1 percent by 2030.

For solar, the targets are 0.5 percent, 1.6 percent and 3.3 percent. They are 1
percent, 1.2 percent and 2.1 percent for biomass.-VNA


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