Virtual dialogue on “Harbour and infrastructure requirements for offshore wind energy development in Vietnam”

The virtual dialogue on “Harbour and infrastructure requirements for offshore wind energy development in Vietnam”, took place on June 10th, 2021, had attracted more than 200 participants including state management agencies, international and local organizations, financial institutions, businesses, and researchers.

Ms. Elsbeth Akkerman – Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, in her opening remarks stressed that the Netherlands and Vietnam will be affected by sea level rise and climate change, therefore, we cannot ignore what is happening. We have become two of the most active countries in implementing the 2015 Paris agreement. The Netherlands is proud to partner with Vietnam in promoting a faster and more sustainable transition to renewable energy sources. With suitable natural conditions, Vietnam is expected to become a center for wind power development. To achieve that goal, the country needs to build a legal framework, a chain of supporting services and enable knowledge exchange to develop this field.

Agreeing with the Ambassador’s view, the Deputy Director of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority, Mr. Pham Nguyen Hung shared that: “Transforming the energy structure in the coming period towards prioritizing the use of renewable energy sources in the future will help Vietnam promote multi-faceted socio-economic benefits while mitigating the impact of climate change”. Mr. Pham Nguyen Hung, on behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, highly appreciated the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in organizing the study of the report “Habor and Infrastructure Requirements for Offshore Wind Energy Development in Vietnam” which has been implemented by the Dutch Maritime & Transport Business Solutions Company and the Vietnam Initative for Energy Transition organization. It is very useful to organize the dialogue between policy makers, businesses and researchers to exchange related issues.

Representing the Vietnam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIETSE), Executive Director Ms. Ngo Thi To Nhien reaffirmed the importance of policy decision-making based on scientific evidence as well as the organization of dialogues among policy makers, businesses and academia, especially with the participation of international companies with many years of experience in developing modern technology and techniques. VIETSE expects to continue organizing seminars on social and environmental policies, marine leasing policies, optimizing the use of marine resources in the coming time to provide useful multi-dimensional analysis for the development of Vietnam’s marine economy.

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