Norway and Vietnam collaborate on energy transition

September 16, 2023 | 11:05
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The participation of the private sector is seen as an important aspect of implementing Power Development Plan VIII and promoting Vietnam's goal of transitioning from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy sources.

According to experts from the Energy Transition: Norway-Vietnam Business Partnership seminar that was organised by The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam and Norwegian Energy Partners in coordination with the Oil, Gas and Coal Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on September 13 in Ho Chi Minh City, Power Development Plan VIII (PDP8) is an opportunity for the domestic and foreign business community, including Norwegian energy businesses, to provide their professional experience and create competitive advantages, especially through technology.

Norway and Vietnam collaborate on energy transition

Ngo Thuy Quynh, deputy director of the Oil, Gas and Coal Department, said that the Vietnamese government consistently pays attention and sets goals for energy development to ensure it meets the nation's socioeconomic development requirements.

"Vietnam's energy industry is constantly growing, but it still faces challenges in terms of energy supply and conversion, while the global energy landscape continues to face many unpredictable fluctuations," Quynh said.

Addressing the challenges of the energy industry, PDP8 promotes an equitable energy transition, with specific goals such as 15-20 per cent of renewable energy by 2030 and 80-85 per cent by 2050.

Along with that, greenhouse gas emissions are set to fall to around 400-450 million tons by 2030 and about 100 million by 2050.

Norwegian energy enterprises have strengths in diverse fields such as offshore wind power, clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, and liquefied natural gas.

Many of these businesses are leading the way with new technological innovations to decarbonise industries and promote energy efficiency.

In Vietnam, besides a number of Norwegian businesses that have been operating for many years, such as Equinor, Mainstream, VARD, and Scatec, many others are looking for opportunities to cooperate with domestic partners through future projects.

Deputy head of the Norwegian Mission Mette Møglestue said that, while the social and economic situations have changed over time, Norway and Vietnam still share the same ambition to become low-emission societies by 2050.

The ambitious plans set out in PDP8 are a roadmap for the country’s energy infrastructure development that aims to mobilise international support for Vietnam to achieve its net-zero-emissions goal by 2050.

Now, energy investors, international businesses operating in Vietnam, and the country’s development partners are closely monitoring how these plans are implemented.

“The private sector is playing and will continue to play an important role in the country’s energy transition efforts through its innovation, planning, and investment plans. We are encouraged by the private sector's strong interest in finding sustainable business models,” added Møglestue.

Norway is not only a pioneer in terms of offshore wind with the world's largest floating offshore wind farm in Hywind Tampen, it is also at the forefront of numerous other clean energy technologies.

As energy resources become increasingly limited, it is more necessary than ever to ensure they are properly used and managed sustainably.

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