Mobilizing green solutions for Hanoi

 Recently, a seminar on pooling ideas for the green development of Hanoi based on international and domestic experiences took place in the capital city.

The workshop aimed to gather good and relevant practices as potential solutions for Hanoi on energy, sustainable transportation, urban planning, waste management toward achieving its target of clean-green-and low-emission city.

The event was held as part of the Ambitious City Promises project that Hanoi joined in October 2017. It aimed at sharing initiatives that are being implemented in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, Hanoi, and other localities.

The seminar consisted of two sessions, with the first introducing an overview of Hanoi and the second focused on sharing experiences revolving around such prioritised areas as air quality improvement, efficient and sustainable use of energy, urban planning, and waste management.

Participants discussed these topics in groups. They suggested the city cut its carbon dioxide emission, increase citizens’ engagement in monitoring local air quality, among others ideas for the development of green home, office, transport.

The GIZ/TUMI (Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative) project shared its experience on supporting Hoi An City a bike-sharing scheme and promoting the use of bicycle in Hoi An. The presentation contributed an idea of green transportation while the city is developing its 3rd Climate Action Plan (CAP3).

Participating and delivering an opening remark at the workshop, Joerg Ruger, the First Secretary for the Environment of the German Embassy in Hanoi said that “changing the way we live in our cities is crucial to respond to global warming. It is time for joint action, for our future.”

The Ambitious City Promises project, led by the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). It provides a model of effective climate action at the community level, showing that cities can be both engines of growth and global leaders on climate action by establishing inclusive low emission urban economies.

Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia have so far taken part in the project./.

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