With the aim to inspire and deliver practical guidelines for the transition towards circular economy principles and implementation, on June 2, 2022, The Netherlands Embassy in Viet Nam and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Circular Economy Capacity Building Program for businesses in Viet Nam.
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. .
A representative of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on natural resources and environment (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) said that it is expected that from 2026, retailers that provide single-use plastic bags to customers will be fined.
On April 20, the Institute of Strategy, Policy on natural resources and environment (ISPONRE) held a workshop to summarize the pilot project “Initiative to establish a supermarket alliance to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags. in Viet Nam”.
Viet Nam is striving to build for the future and accelerate a green and inclusive economic rebound. Caitlin Wiesen, Resident Representative in Viet Nam for the United Nations Development Programme, shows how it can be done with a pointed strategy that also take into account gender equality issues.
On the morning of March 22, in Hanoi, the Institute of Strategy and Policy on natural resources and environment (ISPONRE) (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) coordinated with the Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade and retailers to organize a workshop to share the plan to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags at retailers. The conference takes place in offline and online formats.
To form and develop a circular economy, Viet Nam needs a clear legal corridor; It is necessary to conduct extensive research on the development of the circular economy from a general global approach, principles established by industry, field, and criteria of the model, then choose to apply it specifically to the actual situation of Viet Nam.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the centre for Supporting Green Development and PRO Viet Nam have donated 54 ‘green houses’ (dust bins made from reform plastic) and waste classification tools to Hoi An City’s Women’s Union to boost recycling and zero plastic waste in the community.
If the circular economy model is well promoted in agriculture, seemingly useless things such as cocoa pods and dragon fruit seeds can bring in billions of dollars and solve the problem of environmental pollution.
On the afternoon of February 23, Minister Tran Hong Ha and leaders of units under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a meeting with the delegation of WEF led by Mr. Joo-Ok Lee, Regional Director for Asia – Pacific, a member of the WEF Executive Board and the head of the delegation.