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17 Nov 2009
Transport is an essential component of development. As Vietnam continues to experience rapid economic growth, the need to develop a national road map for cleaner fuels and vehicles is increasingly becoming evident.
A National Consultation Workshop on "Clean Fuels and Vehicles" was held in Hai Phong last November 17, 2009 which was attended by representatives from the local and national government agencies, the academe and the private sector. The main focus of the said workshop was to consult stakeholders on a draft work plan for fuel quality improvement and vehicle emission standards in Viet Nam. It was supported by the CAI-Asia Center, Vietnam Clean Air Partnership, and Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles.
"It is not only an issue of vehicles and fuels, but also of our vision," Mr. Le Ke Son, the Deputy General Administrator of the Vietnam Environmental Protection Agency (VEA) stated as he explained the worsening air pollution caused by the increasing number of vehicles in Vietnam, particularly in the major cities such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.
International and local experts gave presentations which laid down the context for moving towards cleaner fuels and vehicles. "Vietnam is at a crossroads where it must define the long-term direction of its transport system," stated Ms. Glynda Bathan of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) Center. Mr. Michael Walsh of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) emphasized the direct (reduced emissions) and indirect (as an enabler of advanced vehicle technologies and retrofits) impacts of having low sulphur fuels in his presentation. Ms. Siwaporn Rungsiyanon of the Air Quality and Noise Management Bureau of Thailand shared how policies imposing Euro 2 and Euro 3 vehicle and fuel standards reduced the levels of particulate matter in the ambient air.
The discussions regarding the "Draft work plan for implementing fuel quality and vehicle emission standards improvement in Vietnam" led towards a consensus that there is a need to accelerate the efforts towards air pollution mitigation by engaging everyone. The participants agreed that the work plan should state that Vietnam leapfrog from the current Euro 2 standards to Euro 4 standards in 2018. This time would allow the Dung Quat refinery (which started operations in February 2009) to upgrade its facilities to produce Euro 4 compliant fuel.
Further consultations will be held with the national government agencies and the vehicle companies to improve the draft work plan. The final draft shall be submitted as a recommendation to the relevant government agencies.
|Vietnam National Workshop Report||2.83 MB|
|Annex A Vietnam Fuels and Vehicles Workshop Agenda||80.1 KB|
|Annex B Plan and Schedule of fuel improvement||144.88 KB|