Workshop summarizing the project of establishing a supermarket alliance to reduce the consumption of plastic bags

The workshop was organized by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on natural resources and environment (ISPONRE) in collaboration with the Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade and the French Agency for International Technical Cooperation (Expertise France) organized a Seminar to summarize the pilot project “Initiative to establish a supermarket alliance to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags in Viet Nam” (PLASTIC ALLIANCE Project). The seminar attracted more than 100 live and online delegates representing donors, government agencies, partners to reduce plastic waste, domestic and foreign NGOs, and retailers.

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ISPONRE Vice President Nguyen Trung Thang delivered the opening speech of the Workshop

PLASTIC ALLIANCE project is a pilot activity of the Project “Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions for Marine Waste” (Rethinking Plastics) funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the French Agency for International Technical Cooperation (Expertise France) to promote retailers to use eco-friendly bags, contribute to reduce plastic waste, single-use nylon bags. Within the framework of PLASTIC ALLIANCE Project, the Alliance of Retailers to Reduce Plastic Bags was established with the participation of 16 members.

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Mrs. Fanny Quertamp, Expertise France spoke at the Conference.

During the implementation of activities, the Project has closely coordinated with the Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade and retailers to implement the Alliance’s activities such as signing a cooperation agreement between the members of the Union, consult with Alliance members on the Alliance’s action plan and communication plan, implement direct communication programs at retailers and online on social networking platforms to change change consumer behavior in reducing the use of nylon bags and single-use plastic products.

The Alliance’s activities have received active support from retailers and partners to reduce plastic waste, contributing to spreading the message of limiting the use of plastic bags and plastic products. once.

“The implementation of the Union’s activities has contributed to the implementation of Plan 266/KH-UBND dated November 25, 2021 on the implementation of the national action program on sustainable production and consumption in 2022 in the province. Ha Noi city”, emphasized Mr. Nguyen The Hiep, Deputy Director of Ha Noi Department of Industry and Trade.

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Delegates took photos at the Seminar.

“In the near future, we want to expand the Alliance of retailers to reduce plastic bags not only in Ha Noi but also across the country as well as attract the participation of more businesses and retailers,” Nguyen Trung Thang, Deputy Director of ISPONRE shared.

“The project’s communication activities have been widely deployed in various forms, spreading the message of reducing plastic bag consumption to a wider audience,” said Mrs. Fanny Quertamp, representative of Expertise France.

In the coming time, the project will continue to coordinate with members of the Alliance to implement communication activities to change customer behavior, collaborate with retailers to develop and implement a plan to reduce plastic bags throughout the system, while continuing to expand the scope and activities of the Alliance.

Minh Phuong

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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

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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