Vietnam Outlines Vision for Renewable Energy

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Vietnam will ramp up its renewable energy use from now to 2030, according to a national renewable energy strategy for 2030 with a vision to 2050, approved last week by the Prime Minister.

The strategy, which aims to help the country realize its sustainability and green economic growth goals, specifies the percentage of renewable energy in Vietnam’s energy use in the years to come. Specifically, the rate of utilizing waste from industrial and agricultural plants to produce energy will be raised from 45 percent in 2015 to 50 percent by 2020, 60 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2050.

The percentage of solid waste from husbandry used to produce energy will increase from 5 percent in 2015, to 10 percent and 50 percent in 2020 and 2030, respectively, and by 2050 most of the waste from husbandry will be treated.

Meanwhile, the rate of urban waste used for energy production will be 30 percent and 70 percent by 2020 and 2030 respectively, and most of the waste will be utilized by 2050.

From now to 2030, the government will prioritize the development of wind power projects on land, while near-shore and offshore wind power developments will become the focus after 2030. The percentage of power produced from wind will rise from 180 million kWh in 2015, to 2.5 billionkWh in 2020, 16 billion kWhin 2030, and 53 billion kWhin 2050.

Solar energy will be developed to provide energy for remote areas that cannot yet be connected to the national grid. Solar power will rise from 10 million kWh in 2015, to 1.4 billion kWhby 2020, 35.4 billionkWh by 2030, and 210 billionkWh by 2050, raising the rate of solar power in the total power output to 0.5, 6, and 20 percent by 2020, 2030 and 2050, respectively.

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