Actively reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags

Dr. Nguyen Trung Thang, Deputy Director of ISPONRE, said that plastic waste pollution is considered one of the most serious and urgent environmental problems in Viet Nam and around the world. According to survey data conducted by ISPONRE, the average number of single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is about 104,000 bags/day, equivalent to 38 million bags/year.

Products from plastic and nylon were born, bringing many conveniences and have become an indispensable part of many people’s lives. However, the durable and non-degradable characteristics of plastic and nylon products have been polluting the environment, leaving unpredictable consequences for human health and animals and plants on earth.

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Recognizing the serious risk of plastic waste to the environment, many legal documents of the state have been issued at different levels, setting the goal of striving to use 100% plastic bags by 2025, environmentally friendly packaging in commercial centers and supermarkets for living purposes as an alternative to difficult-to-decompose plastic bags; gradually reduce production and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and disposable plastic products in daily life.
The workshop aimed to discuss plans to reduce single-use plastic bags at some retailers. At the same time, it is a forum for retailers to discuss initiatives to reduce plastic bag consumption, contributing to replicating successful models to achieve the Government’s goal of reducing plastic waste pollution.
At the seminar, representatives of retail units presented their plans to reduce plastic bag consumption in the near future, focusing on key activities such as communicating to change customer behavior, implementing the program ” The day without using plastic bags.” The workshop also discussed cooperation opportunities from related initiatives such as the Business Alliance for the Environment, the Plastic and Health Action Partnership in the implementation of the Alliance action plan
Nguyen Thi Hong, Central Retail Viet Nam Group, said that as a member of the Alliance of Retailers to reduce plastic bag consumption, Central Retail Group has implemented the use of biodegradable plastic bags at checkout counters in supermarkets to serve customers since 2013.
Currently, all of Central Retail’s supermarkets are no longer selling single-use plastics such as plastic straws; at the same time, piloting the use of biodegradable plastic bags made from cornmeal and potatoes; apply the business of banana leaf-wrapped vegetable products – environmentally friendly, to help customers accompany the supermarket in environmental protection, vegetable products (celery, green asparagus, cilantro, basil, lettuce, laksa leaves, herbs, dill, coriander)…
For customers, supermarkets of Cetral Retail apply to sell Lohas bags (a durable, reusable bag) at a non-profit price (8,900 VND/big bag; 5,900 VND/small bag), encourage customers to bring this bag when shopping…
Dr. Kim Thi Thuy Ngoc, ISPONRE, said that by December 2021, 16 retailers had registered to join the Alliance of Retailers to reduce plastic bag consumption. The Alliance’s action plan has been agreed by the members including: communication, increasing awareness and changing customer behavior; implementing promotional programs to encourage customers to reduce their consumption of plastic bags; training and capacity building for cashiers and related officers; organize talks and policy dialogues.
It can be said that the establishment of the Alliance of Retailers to Reduce Plastic Bags is the first initiative that brings together retailers, helping them find a common voice in reducing single-use plastic. The introduction of practical, specific and timely activities and solutions is expected to be a source of encouragement and encouragement for the retailer community, represents the spirit of active engagement for the environment and sustainable development in Viet Nam.

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Decision No. 450/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister: Approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050 News, News, News

On April 13, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050. In order to successfully carry out the assigned tasks, the time required In the past, the Institute of Strategy and Policy on natural resources and environment (ISPONRE) On October 30, 2020, Minister Tran Hong Ha submitted to the Prime Minister for approval the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050 in Report No. 54/TTr-BTNMT.

On November 23, 2020, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 9777/VPCP-NN to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on continuing to review the draft Strategy to ensure ensure compliance with the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and Documents after the end of the 13th Party Congress; at the same time, working with ministries and branches also have different opinions on the targets of the Strategy. Following the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, ISPONRE reviewed the views, goals, tasks and solutions, worked with a number of ministries and branches and completed the Draft Strategy.

On April 29, 2021, Minister Tran Hong Ha signed and promulgated Official Letter No. 2007/BTNMT-VCLCS to the Prime Minister on reviewing and finalizing the Draft Strategy.

On July 27, 2021, Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan signed and promulgated Official Letter No. 4204/BTNMT-VCLC to the Government Office on receiving comments from Ministries and sectors on the Draft National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050.

On September 16, 2021, the Government Office issued Official Letter No. 6553/VPCP-NN to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on continuing to review the Draft National Environmental Protection Strategy to 2030, with a vision to 2050. Accordingly, the Institute has reviewed, supplemented and updated the content of the Draft Strategy to ensure consistency with the Decree guiding the implementation of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020, a number of newly issued documents and commitments of Viet Nam at COP26.

On April 13, 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh signed a decision approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050. approved strategy with the view that environment is the conditions, foundations and prerequisites for sustainable socio-economic development, so economic development must be in harmony with nature, respect natural laws, and do not trade off the environment for economic growth. Environmental protection is the responsibility of the whole political system and society as a whole, in which local authorities, businesses, communities and people play an important role. Protecting the environment must take the protection of people’s health as a top goal. Prioritize proactively preventing and controlling pollution, focusing on solving key and urgent environmental issues; overcoming pollution, degradation, improving environmental quality, combined with nature conservation and biodiversity, contributing to climate change response.

The objective of the Strategy is to prevent the trend of increasing pollution and environmental degradation by 2030, solve urgent environmental problems, and gradually improve and restore environmental quality; prevent biodiversity loss. Improve capacity to proactively respond to climate change; ensuring environmental security, building and developing models of circular economy, green economy, low carbon, striving to achieve the country’s sustainable development goals.

The National Environmental Protection Strategy defines a vision that by 2050, Viet Nam’s environment will be of good quality, ensuring the people’s right to live in a clean and safe environment; biodiversity is preserved, conserved, and ecological balance is ensured; proactively respond to climate change; A society in harmony with nature, a circular economy, a green and low-carbon economy is formed and developed, towards the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

Strategic tasks set out:

– Actively prevent, control and prevent adverse impacts on the environment and environmental incidents.

– Solve key and urgent environmental issues; overcome environmental pollution and degradation; maintain and improve the quality and hygiene of the environment.

– Conserve nature and biodiversity, promote environmental protection in the exploitation and use of resources.

– Actively protect the environment to contribute to improving capacity to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To carry out the above tasks, first of all, it is necessary to renew the thinking of all levels and branches; raising awareness and awareness of environmental protection of businesses, communities and people. Continue to improve the system of policies and laws on environmental protection in line with market economic institutions, improve the organizational structure, and speed up the reform of administrative procedures in environmental protection. Besides, it is necessary to strongly apply science and technology, promote innovation and digital transformation; building technical infrastructure, monitoring network and environmental database, and at the same time promoting international cooperation on environmental protection in the context of deep integration of the economy.

For details of the Decision, please see here.has presided over and coordinated with relevant units to research and develop a draft national strategy for environmental protection to 2030, with a vision to 2050. .

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