Announcement Ceremony of the Alliance of Retailers to Reduce Plastic Bags

Currently, plastic pollution is considered as one of the most serious and urgent environmental problems in Viet Nam and globally. Plastic waste such as nylon bags, plastic cups, straws after only a few minutes of use will be thrown into the environment and take 400 to 1,000 years to decompose. Every year, around the world, up to 300 million tons of plastic waste is discharged into the environment.

Plastic waste has a direct impact on the quality of life, human health and other living species. The most dangerous thing about plastic waste is that it is very difficult to decompose. Even when buried in the soil, they still exist for hundreds, even thousands of years, changing the physical properties of the soil, causing soil erosion, making the soil unable to retain water and nutrients, preventing prevent oxygen from passing through the soil, affecting the growth of plants, hindering the growth and development of animals and plants… Therefore, if there are no timely solutions, plastic waste will affect cause serious harm to the environment as well as harm to human health.

According to the survey data in March 2021 conducted by ISPONRE, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and partners, the number of single-use plastic bags in supermarkets is about 104,000 bags/day on average, equivalent to with 38 million plastic bags/year. In which, 46/48 supermarkets surveyed are providing free plastic bags. On average, each supermarket consumes an average of 1,454 plastic bags/day, ranging from 70 to 2,800 bags.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in early 2020, the number of plastic bags used by retailers to serve the needs of online shopping tends to increase. This poses a problem about the distribution and consumption of plastic bags by retailers. Therefore, it is necessary to support retailers to find solutions to reduce plastic bag consumption.

Recently, on July 22, 2021, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1316/QD-TTg approving the Project to strengthen the management of plastic waste in Viet Nam, in which, by 2025, 100% of plastic bags and environmentally friendly packaging are used in shopping centers, supermarkets for living purposes to replace non-biodegradable plastic bags; ensure the collection, reuse, recycling and treatment of 85% of the generated plastic waste.

Stemming from the aim of reducing the consumption of single-use plastic products at retailers, ISPONRE in collaboration with the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade called on businesses to sign a commitment to join the Alliance of retailers to reduce plastic bags. This is an activity within the framework of the project “Rethinking plastic – Circular economy solutions for marine waste” funded by the European Union and the German Government; The French Agency for International Technical Cooperation (Expertise France) deployed in Viet Nam.

Speaking at the Announcement Ceremony of the Alliance of Retailers to reduce plastic bags, Ms. Tran Thi Phuong Lan, Acting Director of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade said: “The Alliance of Retailers to reduce single-use plastic bags established will contribute to achieving the goal of reducing single-use plastic bags in consumption and retail, contributing to achieving the goals of sustainable production and consumption.” In addition, she also suggested relevant units to coordinate and propose supporting mechanisms and policies for enterprises producing and trading in biodegradable plastic bags and packaging products. Environmental friendliness; promote the development of infrastructure, collection and recycling services of hard-to-decompose single-use plastic and hard-to-decompose plastic bags.

On the side of ISPONRE, Mr. Nguyen Trung Thang, Deputy Director affirmed: “The Institute will continue to work with the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade and retailers to implement the Alliance’s activities. At the same time, the Institute will continue to coordinate with partners to reduce plastic waste including Viet Nam Packaging Recycling Alliance (PRO Viet Nam), WWF-Viet Nam, the Dutch Embassy, The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), National Plastic Action Partnership in Viet Nam (NPAP), Viet Nam Business for Environment (VB4E), Asia Foundation (TAF) promote communication activities to change the behavior of the community”.

Representative of Expertise France, Ms. Fanny Quertamp, Senior Advisor in Viet Nam emphasized: “The establishment of the Alliance within the framework of the pilot project “The Initiative to establish a Union of Supermarkets to reduce plastic bag consumption” disposable in Viet Nam” is a meaningful milestone and hopes to attract the participation of many retailers. Hopefully this model will continue to be replicated in Viet Nam.”

As of December 2021, there are 16 retailers registered to join the Alliance, including: Lock and Lock Hanoi Limited Liability Company, Branch of One Member Limited Liability Company (MTV) Association Dong Hung Development Corporation in Hanoi, Long Binh Plaza One Member Co., Ltd., Duc Thanh General Service and Trading Joint Stock Company, Lotte Viet Nam Trade Center Joint Stock Company (JSC), Branch of General Corporation Garment 10 – M10Mart Supermarket JSC, UNIQLO Viet Nam Co., Ltd., Big C Thang Long Supermarket Service and International Trade Co., Ltd., The Body Shop Viet Nam Co., Ltd., MM Mega Market Viet Nam Co., Ltd. in Hanoi City, Saigon Co.op Hanoi Company Limited, TH True Milk Group, Stylish Distribution Co., Ltd., BRG Retail Co., Ltd., DECATHLON Viet Nam Co., Ltd., and Co., Ltd. Aeon Viet Nam.

As part of the Alliance’s activities, retailers are committed to working together to reduce plastic bags and single-use plastic products, including: Replacing non-biodegradable plastic bags supply for customers with eco-friendly bags; Implement promotional programs to encourage customers to reduce and move towards not using single-use plastic bags; Carry out communication activities to raise consumer awareness about reducing the use of plastic bags and generating plastic waste; Implement “Non-Plastic Bag Day” on a day of the month; Encourage suppliers to use environmentally friendly packaging, recycled paper instead of plastic bags to package products supplied to the retail chain.

The creation of the Plastic Bag Reduction Retailers Alliance is the first initiative to bring together retailers and help retailers find a common voice in reducing single-use plastic. Practical, specific and timely activities and solutions are expected to be a source of encouragement and encouragement to the retailer community, demonstrating the positive spirit of striving for the environment and sustainable development in Viet Nam.

Ngoc Anh – ISPONRE

28 Jun 22
Decision No. 450/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister: Approving the National Strategy for Environmental Protection to 2030, with a Vision to 2050

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. .