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New Coalition Supporting Climate Action in Vietnam Launched

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23 August 2019 | Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM – As world leaders get ready to meet in New York at the Climate Summit convened by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September, Vietnamese leaders from businesses, financial institutions, universities, communities and civil society established the Vietnam Coalition for Climate Action (VCCA), vowing to accelerate low-carbon development in Vietnam powered by renewable energy and its co-benefits for cities, rural communities as well as farmers to help the country deliver on its climate goals.

There is still a huge gap between Vietnam's national emissions reductions targets and the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature goal. Closing this gap through enhanced climate targets by 2020 and ramped up climate action is essential to safeguard the future of Vietnam and the world.

As a developing country with growing energy and electricity needs, Vietnam led the world in carbon emissions growth in 2018, and its plans to increase the number of coal power plants to 51 by 2030 will see the country's emissions continue to soar. Yet, Vietnam has significant opportunities to bypass fossil fuels and address the country's growing energy needs with renewable energy, and to adopt other low-carbon climate-resilient solutions to support a thriving Vietnamese society.

Only through a win-win collaboration among the national government, subnational and non-state actors and citizens, Vietnam can create prosperity while urgently reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Nguy Thi KHANH, Executive Director of GreenID said: "Saving our planet is an urgent task for everyone. I strongly believe that the private sector, financiers, local authorities and communities have a crucial role in designing and executing innovative action for our energy transition and climate-resilience economy. We must come together and join hands in this coalition to show our support for the government's efforts to build the pathway for low-carbon development in Vietnam.""

The Coalition sees development opportunities in a low-carbon climate-resilient economy, and stand ready to support it. They are committed to taking action individually and collaboratively, engage the Vietnamese public on the opportunities and urgency, and work constructively with the Vietnamese government to identify and put in place the policies that will allow subnational and non-state actors to help the country meet its climate goals.

Dr. Van Ngoc THINH, Country Director of WWF-Vietnam said: "Climate change poses a real threat to the natural environment that supports all of humanity and the critical habitats that we work to protect. WWF-Vietnam is proud to be a founder of the VCCA and I applaud our founders on their commitment to take action. I call on all committed leaders from across the private sector, universities, subnational governments and civil society to join the VCCA to take climate action."

The Coalition will focus on key sectors of the economy, starting with the energy sector which is both critical for Vietnam's long-term development and currently responsible for the largest share of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. The Coalition's action-oriented focus will include championing the massive adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures by commercial and residential buildings, in collaboration with the Million Green Homes Initiative. At the same time, the Coalition will also promote different programs such as smart cities, green production and dual use of agriculture land and renewable energy.

The actions of the Coalition are facilitated by GreenID and WWF-Vietnam, under the umbrella of Alliances for Climate Action and with partial financial support of the SHIFT SEA Project. The Coalition is a member of Alliances for Climate Action, a global network of domestic multi-stakeholder coalitions committed to supporting the delivery and enhancement of their countries' climate goals and collaborating to build the groundswell of climate action across the world.

Notes for Editors:

  1. The SHIFT SEA Project is led by a consortium of international energy and climate experts, including Sustainable Energy for All, Climate Action Network International, Mission 2020, and Third Generation Environmentalism.

  2. The overall goal of the Million Green Homes Initiative is to help one million houses and commercial buildings in Vietnam install solar PV rooftop systems and adopt a wide use of energy efficiency and other green solutions by 2030, benefiting lower as well as higher income households and small and medium enterprises.

For further information about the Vietnam Coalition for Climate Action, contact:

  • Vo Thi Xuan Quyen [email protected]
    Communication Manager, Green Innovation and Development Centre (GreenID)

  • Nguyen Phuong Ngan [email protected]
    Communication Co-ordinator, WWF–Vietnam

For international media queries, contact:

  • Mandy Jean Woods [email protected]
    Communications Manager Climate & Energy Practice, WWF International

GreenID (Green Innovation and Development Centre) is a non-profit organization in Vietnam. GreenID works to promote sustainable development in Vietnam and the larger Mekong region and is now on its way to become a leading and credible civil society actor promoting sustainable energy sector for development. GreenID sees itself as a constructive innovative local voice to promote the transition to a sustainable energy system, good environmental governance and inclusive decision processes which ensures continued economic growth without depleting natural resources or aggravating human’s negative impact on the local and global climate. GreenID is active in many national and global initiatives and networks on climate change and environment and currently is the chair of Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance.

WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries and territories. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Alliances for Climate Action is a global network of domestic multi-stakeholder coalitions committed to supporting the delivery and enhancement of their countries' climate goals. It supports domestic coalitions seeking to implement bold collaborative actions in line with 1.5°C; build domestic public support for climate action; and collectively engage with national governments to help deliver and enhance national climate targets. It connects domestic coalitions with each other and elevates their voices internationally to build the groundswell of climate action. Global partners include C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, CDP, the Climate Action Network, Fundación Avina, The Climate Group, We Mean Business and WWF, working together with leading organizations at the national level.