08.08.2020 | Category: News



Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung, Deputy Director of Department of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, MOIT presented in the Workshop.


Mr. Dang Hai Dung, Senior expert of Department of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, MOIT presented in the Workshop.


Ms. Nguyen Thi My Hoang, Executive Vice Director of EEI, Team Leader of the Consultant Team presented in the Workshop.


Ms. Dang Hong Hanh, expert of the Consultant Team presented in the Workshop

On July 1st, 2020, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) in collaboration with World Bank, Ecology and Environment Institute (EEI) and Energy and Environment Consulting JSc. (VNEEC) organized the Consultant Workshop “Development of a national cooling efficiency management plan” within the framework of K-CEP project.

Vietnam is moving into an industrial economy and urban services, with a significant increase in urbanization, which is expected to increase to 45% by 2020. As a result, the growth rate in the AC sector is more and more increasing, especially the demand for AC in residential and food processing sectors.

Due to increasing demand for room AC, Vietnam has become a priority market for AC manufacturers. However, the increase in use of ACs is directly linked to global warming through increased GHG emissions from two main sources: (1) direct emissions from refrigerants with high Global Warming Potential (GWP) and ODS; (2) indirect emissions due to energy consumption from the national grid that is largely produced from fossil fuels.

Vietnam has so far been implementing commitments to reduce GHG emissions and eliminate ODS to fulfill its national commitments when participating in the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Vietnam has received bilateral and multilateral international support to meet these goals. Current funded projects for Vietnam from the Ozone Multilateral Fund aim to replace HCFC-22 refrigerants by lower GWP refrigerants, but not support for measures to improve energy efficiency when implementing HCFC transition.

Meanwhile, promoting the transition to low GWP and non-ODS refrigerants and conducting measures to increase the energy efficiency of ACs are comprehensive approaches to fulfill these commitments and contribute to reaching the goal of low carbon development. Therefore, K-CEP Fund with a grant of $ 52 millions was established to complement energy efficiency goals not included in supports of Multilateral Fund, particularly in relation to the HFC phase-down.

Vietnam, together with Thailand have received K-CEP funding in 2017 through the World Bank including two components. Window 1 of the K-CEP project aims to strengthen institutions and capacities for supported countries to develop a National Cooling Action Plan including integration of assessment, analysis and recommendations on HCFC and HFC refrigerants and energy efficiency in the room ACs. While Window 2 “Technology Transfer” aims to support domestic AC manufacturers to access knowledge and technology on manufacturing inverter ACs using R-32.

Window 1 is implemented under the coordination of Department of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, MOIT (the focal point) in collaboration with Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

Consultation workshop is an opportunity for Department of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, MOIT to introduce the project; assess the current status and estimation of energy efficiency, refrigerants and high efficiency air-conditioning technology and energy saving and emission reduction of ODS scenarios for the room AC in Vietnam

Based on results of the Window 1, MOIT and relevant agencies will review and make recommendations related to the increase of the levels of energy efficiency and phase out ODSs for room ACs and reduce but also consider the negative impacts on the competitiveness of domestic AC manufacturers as well as on consumers.