On 15 March 2021, Le Anh Tuan, Vice Minister of Transport and Helene Paust, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation of the German Embassy co-chaired the kick-off meeting of the NDC Transport Initiative for Asia’s (NDC-TIA) Vietnam component. The Vice Minister highlighted that “Viet Nam committed to reducing its total GHG emissions by 9% compared to the Business-as-usual (BAU) scenario and by up to 27% with international support”. In her speech, Ms Paust applauded Vietnam for being among the first countries to submit an updated NDC, emphasizing the value of transport decarbonization for climate protection.
Options for low-carbon mobility in Vietnam were outlined in a number of technical presentations. “It is the right time for Vietnam to develop an e-mobility roadmap to which the NDC-TIA project will contribute significantly”, said Prof Le Anh Tuan, who led a study electric mobility development in Vietnam. Xiangyi Li (WRI) added: “Electrifying the existing formal transit buses in Vietnam can reduce 73% of CO2 emissions from the urban transit system and eliminate 10,040 tons of air pollutants annually”. These benefits could be multiplied by electrifying 2-wheelers and cars, too. See WRI’s presentation here.
Besides the significance of e-mobility, there’s also a high potential for fuel economy according to study of Zifei Yang, Passenger Vehicles Program Lead at ICCT, “Fuel consumption standards is needed for Vietnam to catch up with the global decarbonization progress, with the potential to catch up with other country by setting a standard of 4l/100km in 2025, which is equivalent to the emission reduction rate of 6.6% annually”. See ICCT’s presentation here.
“The Ministry of Transport will work closely with GIZ to advance the project activities while ensuring the quality of the project’s products and the application of its results in state management activitie”, assured the Vice Minister of Transport.
Regina Ecker, Country Director of GIZ added “Climate change and environmental issues are huge topics of our time, not only related to Vietnam but a global challenge. (…) I’m pleased that now the German and Vietnamese governments, as global partners, are finding solutions to this problem together.”.
In Vietnam, NDC-TIA will support the MOT in developing and implementing their MRV system related to climate change activities in the transport sector. The programme will also support Vietnam in developing regulatory frameworks to support electric vehicle deployment at the city and national level and fuel economy policy.
More than 80 representatives from the government, private sectors, and development organisations participated in the kick-off meeting of NDC-TIA Vietnam component.
Read the press statement here.
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Linh Bui Thi Thuy, Hanoi