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Truong Sa Island adopts clean energy

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Proportion of residents using clean water still low

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 at 8:51 am

All urban dwellers in Hanoi to be supplied clean water by 2020

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Nations pledge clean energy amid treaty stalemate

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

 Nations pledged to work together to improve the efficiency of energy-guzzlers from televisions to cars, showing practical cooperation on climate change despite a deadlock on sealing a treaty.


Senior officials from economies that make up more than 80 percent of global gross domestic product agreed on 11 initiatives during talks in Washington, which betrayed none of the sharp divisions typical of climate negotiations.

A factory chimney in a residential area emits smoke as haze casts a blanket over Bangalore, India.

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who led the meeting, said Tuesday that the clean energy projects would eliminate the need for more than 500 mid-sized power plants around the world over the next 20 years.


“This is about taking concrete action and concrete steps. This is not about philosophical positioning,” Chu said after two days of talks among 21 nations including key emerging economies China, India, Brazil and South Africa.


“Yes, we have to deal with international agreements, but we can’t wait for those to move,” Chu said. “We know the energy challenge won’t wait, and we won’t wait either.”


While the two-day talks were not designed to pledge funds, Chu said that the nations together have invested “hundreds of millions of dollars” in developing green energy, and several states said they were boosting resources in research.


One key initiative will look at ways to improve the energy efficiency of home appliances such as televisions, which the US Energy Department estimated would reduce the need for about 80 power plants by 2030.


A number of nations will participate in the appliance research, including the United States, Japan, South Korea, India and European nations.


In another initiative, Britain and Australia promised to take the lead in accelerating work on so-called carbon capture and storage (CCS) — which lowers the output of carbon, which is blamed for global warming, from power plants.


CCS is considered crucial for the future of coal, which provides more than one quarter of the world’s energy supply and is politically sensitive in major polluters such as Australia, China and the United States.


“We have literally only 10 years to scale up and deploy CCS globally,” said Chris Huhne, Britain’s minister for energy and climate change.


“Each year of delay will lock in an increased amount of old technology which we won’t get rid of,” he said.


Another project, which includes major governments and corporations, will look at ways to collaborate in design efficiency standards for large buildings including factories — which account for more than half of global energy use.


Nations also agreed to exchange notes on one another’s pilot programs to develop electric vehicles, as well as to coordinate in designing so-called “smart grids” that manage community power consumption.


The United Arab Emirates said it would host follow-up clean energy talks in early 2011, with Britain holding a third meeting at a later date to be determined.


The talks, an offshoot of the US-led Major Economies Forum, include both rich and emerging nations but not smaller states such as Sudan and Venezuela whose strident criticisms dominated parts of December’s Copenhagen summit.


Kandeh Yumkella, director general of the UN Industrial Development Organization which champions the economic uplift of the world’s poor, said rich nations still needed to follow through on commitments at Copenhagen to offer 30 billion dollars through 2012 to help poorer nations cope with climate change.


But he said that the Washington meeting should offer hope to developing countries.

The world’s energy demand is estimated to jump by nearly half in the next 20 years, fueled by the developing world.

“If they decide to produce, use and consume energy the same way as the US and OECD (developed) countries have done, we will not be able to deal with climate change,” Yumkella told AFP.

“What this meeting does is to send a message that there are things we know already how to do. They are practical and we can deploy them now.”

Source: SGGP

Former students in Japan help supply clean water to poor households

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm




Former students in Japan help supply clean water to poor households


QĐND – Monday, May 31, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The Ho Chi Minh City-based Club for Former Students in Japan, in conjunction with the Rotary Chiba Association of Japan, has recently held a ceremony to hand over 17 clean wells to poor households in Phu Hoa and An Nhon communes in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City.


The programme is carried out in the district, under sponsorship of the Rotary Chiba Association, from now to July, 2010. Accordingly, 60 wells will be built for local people at a cost of over VND 160 million. The programme is expected to help improve life quality for people in rural areas.


Source: Lao Dong


Translated by Hoang Anh


Source: QDND

Ban on sewage needed to keep most lakes clean

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm




Ban on sewage needed to keep most lakes clean


QĐND – Friday, May 21, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Committee has announced that the second phase of a mass clean up of the city’s lakes will start later this month.


“Most of the lakes have varying levels of pollution,” said Ngo Thai Nam, deputy director of the Hanoi Environment Protection Department (EPD).


Waste water and algae are just two of the problems currently affecting the nine lakes that have been earmarked for treatment in the phase including Giang Vo, Van Chuong, Thien Quang, Nghia Tan, Van Quan, Ho Vo, Den Lu, Giap Bat and Ao Lam Du.


Pollution has become a big problem for people living by the lakes. In March this year, local citizens were subjected to the smell of rotting dead fish in Truc Bach.


An investigation by the EPD showed that the fish died due to seriously polluted water and tens of other lakes were affected by the same problem.


To date, 65 lakes in Hanoi remain to be dredged and cleaned, but there are no plans for operations at 33 others, including Thuy Su, Kim Lien and Me Tri.


The project started in September 2009 with a total investment of VND2.6 trillion (136.8 million USD). It is planned to finish in September this year. In the first phase, 46 lakes were treated and the quality of water improved.


“Water quality is getting better but sometimes it is only a temporary fix. In some cases, the problems return due to a lack of preservation,” said Nguyen Le, general director of the Hanoi Water Drainage Company.


Professor Vu Hoan, chairman of the Union of Science and Technology Associations said that the city had tried a number of treatment techniques but the pollution still returned.


Nguyen Van Luong, director of the Hanoi EPD, said the best way to solve the problem was to ban the release of all untreated sewage into the city’s lakes.


“Comprehensive management of the lakes is needed but this is complicated at the moment as it involves local authorities, co-operatives and individuals,” he said.


Educating local people on how to protect the environment was also an important task, Luong added.


There are several waste water treatment facilities, but they do not have the capacity to deal with the city’s waste.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

More rural areas to enjoy clean water

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm




More rural areas to enjoy clean water


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

As many as 83 percent of the population in rural areas are expected to have access to clean water, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dao Xuan Hoc.


This figure was the target for this year’s national programme on clean water and environmental hygiene in rural areas, which is part of phase 2 that runs from 2006 to 2010. This programme was also part of a larger goal that had aimed to provide clean water and proper sanitation to 100 percent of rural residents by 2010.


If accomplished, the access to clean water would increase by four percent, when compared to figures from last year.


The remaining areas where clean water had not been made availed to people include the remote areas in the northwestern provinces of Ha Giang and Cao Bang and the heavily salinated land in the Mekong Delta, said Nguyen Hong Quan from the ministry’s Department of Water Resources.


Australia, the Netherlands and Denmark were among the largest donors to this programme.


Nguyen Van Thuan, from the Australian Agency for International Development in Vietnam ’s Water Programme Manager said: “The main challenges were with the operation and maintenance activities. In the previous plan for the first phase (2001-2005), there was no funds provided for operations and maintenance costs.”


He said, when reviewing the first phase, in many localities, there were many places where the water supply infrastructure had been finished, yet residents were not interested in applying to get connected to pipeline. This resulted in the degradation of the infrastructure.


“Promoting involvement of more diverse participants, rather than only promoting State agencies, may be a good solution,” Thuan said.


Deputy Minister Hoc said the ministry was establishing mechanisms that ask every economic sectors to take part in the clean water and environmental hygiene investment and development process.


Last year, 2.6 million people in the rural areas gained access to clean water, which brought the total amount of people with access to clean water in the country to 79 percent.


The budget for last year’s programme activities amounted to 5.335 billion VND (270 million USD), with one-fifth of those funds being provided by international aid.


As of now, 59 million out of 83 million that live in the country reside in rural areas.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

VietinBank sponsors VND 3 billion clean water project

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:19 am




VietinBank sponsors VND 3 billion clean water project


QĐND – Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 22:50 (GMT+7)

A nearly VND 3 billion clean water project, sponsored by VietinBank, had been completed and handed over to Na Ri’s People’s Committee of Bac Kan province on April 12.



Clean water will be exploited for domestic use for people in Yen Lac town, who formerly had used unsafe water.


As revealed, VietinBank will continue similar project in Ha Giang province. Three reservoirs, of more than 5,000m3 each, for clean water will be built for people in three communes of Sung Trai, Van Trai and Lung Tao.


Source: Lao Dong


Translated by Hoang Anh  


 


 


Source: QDND

City to clean up streets for celebration of anniversary

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm




City to clean up streets for celebration of anniversary


QĐND – Sunday, April 04, 2010, 22:52 (GMT+7)

The city government passed a VND50 billion (US$2.8 million) project to repaint offices and residential houses on 75 main streets in order to clean up the city before its 1,000th anniversary in October.


According to the project, 29 district People’s Committees in the city and one housing company will carry out the repainting project. Each committee will receive VND450 million ($25,000) in funds to repair government office buildings. They will also receive VND100 million ($5,600) in funds for advertisements and will conduct an awareness campaign about the city’s beauty. The project will begin in April and is slated to finish in June.


Besides repainting doors and walls of houses and offices, the Department of Construction is asking district authorities to remove, replace and repair dilapidated balconies, roofs and advertising banners. Funds from the city’s budget will be used to repair local government offices. For residential houses, the local government will need to persuade people to repaint their own houses.


“To make the city architecture consistent and match the surrounding environment, buildings and houses need to be painted in certain colours,” said Nguyen Quoc Tuan, deputy head of the construction department.


Nguyen Quoc Hoa, deputy head of Hoan Kiem People’s Committee, one of the main districts of the city that has 13 streets on the list to be repainted, said the most difficult thing was to persuade people to spend their own money to repaint their homes.


The total budget that we need to repair all the government offices in the district is VND30 billion, so it is very difficult to manage this project with the city’s funding,” Hoa added.


Deputy head of Hai Ba Trung People’s Committee, another district in the city, Lam Anh Tuan said, “It is challenging to persuade people to use colours that have been suggested for housing like light yellow or light blue. Some people wanted to use red or dark colours for their houses. With residents who do not have expendable funds, we try to support them financially.”


“Another difficult situation is houses that are in ownership dispute. We can’t decide who has to pay for the repainting fee,” Tuan added.


Many citizens are, however, wondering if repainting houses will actually help make the city look nicer, when there is no overall design for the houses.


Repainted


Only the front wall and door of our houses are to be repainted, but not the inside so I think it could make the city even more messy,” said Le Van Vinh, a resident on Trang Tien Street in Hoan Kiem District.


Tuan, from the construction department, said there would be a group of officials to check how the project is being carried out in the districts.


“The funding from the city is not large, but the local government should call for more funding from enterprises or individuals in their districts. It is also responsible to ensure that district authorities make people aware of the need to paint their own houses in order to make the city look better,” Tuan said.


Meanwhile, in many streets of the city, pavements are under construction. Hai Ba Trung People’s Committee deputy head Tuan said that the city was putting the electric and telephone wires underground so many pavements would have to be dug up.


“The construction companies are usually required to make the pavement as clean as it was before construction started, but many of them did not do that and left the pavement unclean and messy,” said Tuan.


Thach Nhu Sy, chief of the inspection office of the transport department, said that in the first three months of 2010 his office has checked and fined several construction companies for their irresponsibility while working on pavements.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Sa Dec gets clean water for first time

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm

DONG THAP — People in Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province now have clean water and better sanitation, thanks to a new water treatment plant funded by the Australian government.


The plant is part of a project called the “Three Delta Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project,” which started seven years ago to improve living conditions and alleviate poverty for the 280,000 residents in Bac Lieu, Ha Tien and Dong Thap provinces.


With AUD 48.9 million (US$42.6 million) from the Australian Agency for International Development (AAID), it moves sustainable development in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta along by combining the infrastructure for water supply and sanitation and raising awareness for water safety. The poor and ethnic minorities are especially targeted for assistance.


Bill Tweddell, Australian ambassador to Viet Nam, said the project is proof of his country’s commitment to co-operate with the Vietnamese government in meeting Viet Nam’s goals for prosperity.


“Australia has been very actively supporting Viet Nam in its development process for over 35 years. Providing access to clean water and sanitation is a strong focus of our development co-operation. I am pleased that through co-operation with the Dong Thap People’s Committee, we have been able to support Sa Dec Town to achieve these important objectives,” said Tweddell.


AUSAIDS’s share in the new treatment plant is AUD 15 million ($13 million). —