Virtual Dialogues on “Prospects for a Socially Just Energy Transition in Vietnam: 2021 and beyond”

On 27th July 2021,the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in collaboration with the Vietnam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIET) and Climate Sense (CS) held a virtual dialogue on “Prospects for a Socially Just Energy Transition in Vietnam: 2021 and beyond”. Attending the dialogue were representatives of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority – Ministry of Industry and Trade, representatives of Institute of Science – Labor and Society, the local authority of Ben Tre province, as well as vocational training institutions, businesses, and experts in the energy sector.

Ms. Claudia Ehing, Project Director of Climate & Energy in Asia – FES, opened the dialogue by introducing the background of the study to evaluate the socio-economic impacts of the energy transition in Vietnam from 2018 to 2020 to update the report conducted in 2017. The updated report titled “Prospects of a Socially Just Energy Transition in Vietnam: 2021 and beyond” was conducted by Ms. Ngo To Nhien – Director of VIET and Mr. Koos Neefjes – Director of CS.

The event was held from 14:00 to 16:30, with three speakers, seven panelists, and 155 other participants. The discussion was very dynamic and fruitful with two panel discussions on “Labour, employment, drivers for local economic development,” and “Technology, Policy, Investment”. Forty-eight (48) questions were raised and answered among the audiences, policymakers, investors, educators, and other participants.

Those numbers have demonstrated that the dialogue provided multidimensional exchanges on just energy transition and attracted the attention of various stakeholders. Diverse topics have been seriously discussed.

Regarding human resources, Representative of the investment community, Dr. Hoang Giang – President of Paficico Energy in Vietnam – shared his valuable opinions about this matter. A noticeable point during the discussion was the remark of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hong Thuc about authorizing provinces to exploit, use, and distribute solar and wind resources on-site efficiently according to the specific geographical characteristics of Vietnam. Beside, technology, policy development and investment factors were mentioned as significant initiatives to achieve a just energy transition.

Gender equality was also discussed as the share of women working in the energy sector is small, and they are still underrepresented. The discussions revolved around using energy on-site and empowering women to participate in renewable energy development.

The virtual dialogue ended with an affirmation: “The energy transition will only be meaningful if it does not create new forms of inequality while contributing to alleviate poverty and bring benefit to all.”

The full report and presentations at the dialogue are available as attached files below.