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Viet Nam committed to 8% greenhouse gas emission reduction

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undp-vn greenhouse-emissionHa Noi, 12 October 2015 – Using national resources, Viet Nam has committed itself to an 8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to a “business-as-usual” scenario, equivalent to 787.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This could increase to 25% on condition of international support.

This commitment is in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), which was announced at a conference held in Ha Noi on 12 October by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and German Development Corporation (GIZ).

Representatives from the Viet Nam Panel on Climate Change (VPCC), ministries, development partners, non-governmental organizations, and media attended the conference.

Addressing the conference, Dr Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, considered the approval of the INDC as “Viet Nam’s contribution to the global sustainability agenda” and “an important step towards achieving a ‘green, clean and beautiful’ country.

“The adoption of INDCs at country level sets the world in the direction of addressing one of the biggest challenges of our time,” said Dr Mehta. “It is critical that countries, including Viet Nam, initiate and see through the real actions to implement their commitments”.

Viet Nam’s INDC provides preliminary information of the country’s intended contributions with quantifiably expected greenhouse gas emission reductions and climate change adaptation activities until 2030. Viet Nam’s biggest contribution to mitigating emissions will focus on major areas such as energy, agriculture and waste. The contribution to adaptation will focus on agriculture, water resources and forestry in the deltas, coastal, mountainous and urban areas.

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