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Japan supports Vietnam in building emission-free circular economy

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March 13, 2021 | 00:13

The Ministry of Environment of Japan agreed to continue cooperation and share information with Vietnam on the building of relevant standards and criteria as well as the building of legal documents in preventing, sorting, transporting, recycling and treating of waste.

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Japan supports Vietnam in building emission free circular economy
Plastic waste along the coast of Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan Province in central Vietnam in 2018. Photo by Nguyen Viet Hung.

The third meeting of the Joint Committee of Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment just recently held on March 10, VNA reported.

Cooperation in waste management and the building of an emission-free circular economy was highlighted at the event.

Japan can support Vietnam by sending its experts to help in building and reviewing guiding documents on the implementation of the 2020 Law on Environmental Protection.

In the coming time, the two sides will soon hold a video conference to clarify issues related to the building of a circular economy to protect the environment.

According to the Vietnam Environment Administration under the MoNRE, Vietnam has faced a number of new issues in the collection of fees for domestic solid waste gathering, transport and treatment, and the roadmap for the reduction of production and import of goods having microplastic components.

Vice Director of the administration Nguyen Thuong Hien said that in 2021, in order to support the implementation of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020, Japan's sharing of experience in waste management and implementation of other relevant regulations is very necessary, especially those related to managing solid waste and criteria in choosing urban and rural domestic waste treatment technologies and models, and the collection of fees for domestic solid waste gathering, transport and treatment.

Vietnam proposed that the Japanese side continue to implement works related to the intensive research for economic tools in managing domestic solid waste to contribute to building the circular economy, thus assisting the country in designing decrees and circulars to guide the implementation of the law.

Hideki Wada, a Japanese expert, said that the Japanese side has chosen the two localities of Bac Ninh and Binh Duong for support.

In Bac Ninh, the supporting activities include making region-based planning on waste management, controlling targeted waste through waste sorting at source and building plans for waste management with pilot models in a commune, he said.

Meanwhile, Japan will help Binh Duong control targeted waste like it does in Bac Ninh. However, with difficulties facing the southern province in waste treatment, Japan will help the province in making a pre-feasibility study for a waste-to-power project and estimating risks of the project, he added.

He said that currently, the two localities are working with advisory agencies to make a report on specific necessary support activities to submit to Japan’s Ministry of the Environment./.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide annually. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once and then thrown away.

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