Inspired by Germany's success, Vietnam is gearing up for a surge in green jobs on the push for carbon neutrality by 2050, eyeing over 75 per cent renewable energy usage by 2045.
The German Embassy in Vietnam hosted a pivotal seminar on September 20 on the just energy transition and opportunities in Vietnam's labour market. The discussion centred on the potential for green jobs in the wake of Vietnam's evolving energy landscape.
Speaking at the event, German Ambassador to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner drew attention to the nation's ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Coupled with its commitment to a just energy transition, this opens vast opportunities for sustainable development and promises a robust influx of high-quality job opportunities for the future.
Reflecting on his home country's experience, Ambassador Hildner stated, "In Germany, the number of employees working in skilled green sectors saw a surge of 56.7 per cent, rising to 5 million between 2012 and 2020. This underscores that while the energy transition is a complex and demanding journey, it has immense potential to benefit citizens and the economy at large."
Recent policies from the Vietnamese government have spurned considerable growth in the renewable energy sector, which boasts impressive figures. According to the National Power Development Plan VIII, by 2045, over 75 per cent of the nation's energy will be sourced renewably.
Current studies also highlight that in sectors like wind and solar energy, nearly a quarter of jobs generated are earmarked for highly skilled personnel. The push for a skilled workforce in the industry is only expected to grow in Vietnam over the next decade.
Such projections mean that training institutions need to adapt to this changing landscape promptly to equip the workforce to meet the country's domestic requirements.
Ta Dinh Thi, deputy head of the National Assembly's Committee on Science, Technology, and Environment, reaffirmed that the energy transition is an inevitable trajectory towards sustainable energy development.
"To ensure a successful energy transition, the shift towards green jobs in renewable sectors is paramount," he noted.
He further stressed the urgency to proactively strategise and plan for the training and implementation of a high-quality workforce in the green energy sector.
“This involves tapping into the strengths of the current workforce while harnessing advanced scientific and technological achievements and new skills that are relevant to the energy transition,” Thi concluded.
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