The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), represented by the Pollution Control Department (PCD) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), strongly supports the implementation of a project in Vietnam under the Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles Programme. This programme is supported by the Partnership of Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) and the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center. The Vietnam Clean Air Network (VCAP) supports the activities in Vietnam.
Vietnam is also undertaking an Environmental Sustainable Transport Strategy project under the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD) (see http://www.uncrd.or.jp/). The stakeholder meetings organized under the project agreed that Fuel quality standards improvement could be considered in context of the EST strategy development for Vietnam. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) already has authorized the Vietnam Register, the agency responsible for standards development for vehicles, to develop a roadmap for improved vehicle emissions standards.
In a high level government meeting co-chaired by the General Director of PCD and the Vietnam Clean Air Partnership (VCAP) Chairman in Hanoi on 27 August 2009 and attended by 22 representatives from government agencies, all participants agreed to support PCD to organize the National Workshop on clean fuels and vehicles to be held on 10 November 2009. The National Workshop will be held in partnership with PCD, UNEP-based PCFV, the CAI-Asia Center, and VCAP, CAI-Asia’s Country Network in Vietnam.
Present at the meeting were representatives from key stakeholders including the Pollution Control Department/VEA, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Vietnam Standards and Quality Center (VSQC), Environmental Department and Vietnam Road Administration under Ministry of Transport (MOT), Vietnam Register, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), as well as Petrolimex. The meeting was organized by VCAP and CAI-Asia Center with support from PCFV and Asian Development Bank.
The meeting which aimed at:
(a) securing the commitment of support from the different agencies/organizations for the Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles Programme supported by PCFV and CAI-Asia Center in Vietnam;
(b) identifying the main issues or challenges in moving towards cleaner fuels and vehicles in Vietnam (particularly towards 50ppm sulfur in diesel);
(c) identifying the main stakeholders to be invited to the National Stakeholder Workshop proposed to be held in November in Hanoi;
Participants also received updates on fuels and vehicles in Vietnam through presentations made including:
• Trends on air quality improvement thru using cleaner fuels and vehicles in Vietnam by Mr Nguyen Hoang Duc of Pollution Control Division for Air and Noise, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
• Overview on standards and quality control of fuels and vehicles in Vietnam by Mr. Luong Van Phan of the Vietnam Standard and Quality Center
• Introduction on “Clean Fuels and Vehicles Programme in Asia” by Ms Sophie Punte, Executive Director of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center
• Proposal on work plan of Vietnam Activities of the Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles Project by Ms. Phan Quynh Nhu, General Secretary of VCAP, a CAI-Asia Network Partner