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GE Wins Second Vietnam Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-03-24
GE Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of a contract to supply eight units if its 3.8-137 MW wind turbines, including a 10-year O&M agreement, to support construction of the 30-MW Thuan Nhien Phong (TNP) wind farm in Binh Thuan province, in the South-Central Coastal region of Vietnam.

The project, which is being constructed by Construction Electricity Corporation (VNECO), will generate sufficient energy for roughly 45,000 Vietnamese households. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, reve, 23 Mar., 2021) Contact: Construction Electricity Corporation,; GE Renwable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Vietnam Wind,  

$432Mn Vietnam Wind Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Wind)
Vietnam Wind Energy
Date: 2021-01-20
In Vietnam, WTO Construction Trading JSC reports construction of its $432 million wind power project in the southern province of Ca Mau is now underway.

The project includes four wind power plants incorporating 83 wind turbines with a capacity of 4.5 MW each. The project, which is slated for completion in Q4 this year, has a PPA in place with Vietnam Electricity utility. (Source: WTO Construction Trading, PR, reve, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: WTO Construction Trading

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GE Claims 27MW Vietnamese Wind Turbine Deal (Int'l. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-12-30
GE Renewable Energy is reporting receipt of contract to supply eight units of its 3MW-137 wind turbines for the Phuoc Minh wind farm in Ninh Thuan region, Vietnam. of the country.

. A consortium of PowerChina Huadong Engineering Corporation, Henste Engineering and IPC Group will provide full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the project which is expected to generate more than 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year to the national grid when fully operational in Q3, 2021. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR,, 29 Dec., 2020)Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Onshore Wind South Asia, Gilan Sabatier,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Vietnam Wind,  

Vietnam Addresses Forest Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
Date: 2020-11-30
In Hanoi, the Vietnamese government reports it has joined the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to improve forest protection, forest quality and sustainable forest management, thereby helping Vietnam realize its climate targets.

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) pledged to purchase 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from six northern central provinces for a total $51.5 million via the Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) in the 2018-2024 period, which was recently signed between the World Bank (WB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples' organizations focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries, activities commonly referred to as REDD+.

The FCPF has to date worked with 47 developing countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, along with 17 donors that have made contributions and commitments totaling $1.3 billion. Vietnam is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region and fifth globally to reach such a milestone agreement with the FCPF. (Source: Nhan Dan Online, 29 Nov., 2020) Contact: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Carbon Partnership,  REDD+,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  

PHNIX Reports Worldwide Commercial Heat Pump Projects (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-11-30
Guangzhou, China-based heat pump manufacturer PHNIX is noting the following new projects:
  • 7 units of its new 250S water source heat pumps (heating capacity 470kW) will be operated for district heating application in Siauliai city, Lithuania in 2021.

  • 4 units of its 500S WSHP (heating capacity 516kW) operated in one luxury hotel for a higher demand hot water in Vietnam last year. They have been operating with the existing water chillers for air conditioning meanwhile constantly providing at least 65 degree C hot water to kill legionella.

  • 4 units of the company's 500S WSHP (516kw) are operating in a TOYOTA plant in Bangaluru India since 2018. 6 units 250S WSHP (384kw) operated in the NISSAN plant in Chennai India since 2018. 3 units 250S WSHP operated in wastewater treatment plant in Singapore & 1 unit 500S WSHP operated in Japan last year.

    PHNIX notes water source heat pumps can be widely applied in hospital, dairy equipment sterilization, pre-heating with boilers, food industry, Meat & Beverage plants and other applications. More than half of PHNIX products are exported to Europe, North America, Australia and other overseas markets. (Source: PHNIX, PR, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: PHNIX,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • Vietnam Updates GHG Emissions Target (Int'l. Report)
    Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Hanoi , the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Department of Climate Change is reporting an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) calling for a 9 pct reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a further cut of up to 27 pct if it receives international support through bilateral and multilateral co-operation under Paris Agreement mechanisms on climate change.

    The new version has been submitted to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, VNA, 14, Nov., 2020) Contact: UNFCCC, Monique Nardi,,, Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, › English

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Vietnam,  Carbon Emissions,  

    SN Power Acquiring Vietnam's Dam Nai Wind Power (Int'l., M&A)
    SN Power
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered SN Power AS reports it will acquire all shares in the 39.4 MW Dam Nai Wind Power Joint Stock Company in Vietnam from privately held, Singapore-based Mekong Wind Pte Ltd.

    Dam Nai Wind incorporates 15 Siemens wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.625 MW generating 123 GWh of power per year. (Source: SN Energy, PR Website, Renewable Energy, Nov., 2020) Contact: SN Energy, + 47 66 71 70 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  

    Vietnam Developing Carbon Tax, Pricing Tools (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-06
    The Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is reporting plans to develop a roadmap to implement market-based carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- tools as part of its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Ministry has proposed adding the carbon market -- carbon tax to the revised draft Law on Environmental Protection which is expected to be approved by at the upcoming 10th legislative session.

    In 2012, Vietnam joined the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) which aims to establish carbon markets in developing, emerging countries like Vietnam. Vietnam became a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994 and ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2002.

    Vietnam is one of five countries most affected by climate change. If sea levels rise by one meter, one-fifth of the country's population could become homeless and 12.3 pct of farmland could disappear, experts have warned./. (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, VNA, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, (0243) 7956868, (0243) 8359221 -- fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Vietnam,  Climate Change,  

    Vestas Wins Vietnamese Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas,Soc Trang Energy Joint Stock Company
    Date: 2020-10-14
    Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from Vietnamese renewable energy developer Soc Trang Energy Joint Stock Company for 7 units of its V150-4.2 MW wind turbines totaling 29 MW with customised towers for the shallow water -- intertidal Soc Trang 7 wind project in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. The order includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

    Commissioning is slated for Q3, 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas Asia Pacific, Clive Turton, Pres., +45 96 75 25 75,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Vietnam Wind,  

    Vietnam-Thai Wind Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Vietnam Wind
    Date: 2020-08-17
    In Vietnam, a joint venture between the Truong Thanh Vietnam Group and the Thai-based Sermsang Power Corporation Public Company Limited is reporting construction of the V1-2 joint wind power project is underway in Vietnam's Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

    The 12-turbine project is expected to generate 162.97 million kWh per year of electricity and come in at roughly $96 million (US). (Source: Sermsang Power Corporation, PR, reve, 14 Aug., 2020) Contact: Sermsang Power Corporation PLC.; Truong Thanh Vietnam Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  Wind,  

    Vestas Adds to Vietnam Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-14
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports it will supply an additional 50 MW of turbines for the second phase of the Hoa Binh 1 wind farm in Hoa Binh, a district of Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. The contract includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement along with the supply and supervision of the installation of 13 V150 -- 4.2 MW turbines, ten of which will be delivered in 3.8 MW and three in 4.0 MW operating mode.

    Download Hoa Binh1 project details HERE. (Source: Vestas, PR, 4COffshore, 12Aug., 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Vietnam Wind,  

    Aker Solutions Plans Offshore Wind, CC Units Spinoff (Int'l. Report)
    Aker Solutions
    Date: 2020-08-07
    Norwegian offshore engineering and construction firms Aker Solutions ASA is reporting it will spin off and list its offshore wind and carbon capture (CC) divisions.

    Aker Offshore Wind Holding AS and Aker Carbon Capture AS will secure funds for their future operations in private placements and list on the Oslo Stock Exchange's Merkur Market. In the offshore wind industry, Aker is involved in projects in California, South Korea and Norway, and has plans to bid in the upcoming ScotWind lease round. In addition, the company is closely monitoring markets like Japan, Vietnam, France and Italy.

    Download Aker's offshore wind business details HERE. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions, Aker Offshore Wind, Astrid Onsum, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions ,  CCS,  Offshore Wind,  

    Banpu Acquires Vietnam Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l.)
    Banpu Public Co
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Banpu Public Co Ltd, a leading integrated energy solutions company in Asia-Pacific, is reporting it will acquire the 37.6-MW El Wind Mui Dinh Wind Farm in Vietnam for $66 million (US), subject to adjustments. Banpu notes it has secured a feed-in-tariff of $0.085/kWh for a period of 20 years in a power purchase agreement with Vietnam Electricity.

    The El Wind Mui Dinh Wind Farm began commercial operation in April, 2019, with 16 Enercon 2.35-MW wind turbines. Banpu has a 20-year full-comprehensive maintenance services agreement with Enercon GmbH. (Source: Banpu Public Co Ltd., Nation Thailand, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Banpu Public Co Ltd., Somruedee Chaimongkol, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  Enercon,  

    Vietnam Coal Consumption Growing (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-20
    Vietnam posted the highest growth in coal consumption among the top 10 global consumers last year, when the country consumed 2.07 exajoules of electricity from coal-- up 30.2 pct year-on-year, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, This makes Vietnam the 10th largest consumer of coal in the world behind China, India and the U.S.

    Although Vietnam's coal imports surged to a record high in the first half of the year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has ruled out construction of new coal-fired power plants after 2030, when it will prioritize the use of renewable energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG). (Source: VNExpress, 20 July, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal news,  

    Vietnam Implementing REDD+ Phase Two (Int'l. Report)
    Vietnam, REDD+
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Hanoi , the Vietnam Administration of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has announced it will implement the second phase of the international REED+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Vietnam Phase 2 (FCPF-2) program.

    The FCPF-2 project aims to assist relevant agencies at the central level and in the six northern central Vietnam provinces to improve their institutional and technical capacity to prepare for the REDD+ implementation. It also supports the building of the emission reduction and transfer of the rights to emission reduction programme in the northern central region (ERPD) for 2018-2025, helping to carry out the national REDD+ action programme and the country's Nationally Determined Contribution under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

    Phase 1, which ran from November 2016 to June 30, 2020, was implemented in Hanoi and the six northern central provinces at a total cost of $5.7 million (US) , including $5 million in non-refundable ODA capital from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

    REDD+ is an international initiative aimed at providing financial and technical assistance for developing countries to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change impact via efforts against deforestation and forest degradation. Vietnam has participated in REDD+ since 2008, and more than 45 related projects have been implemented in the country to date. (Source: Vietnam Administration of Forestry, PR, 28 June, 2020) Contact: Vietnam Administration of Forestry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News REDD+,  Deforestation,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  

    Ayala's AC Energy Vietnam Wind Projects Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In the Philippines, Makati City-based Ayala Corp.'s power generation unit AC Energy, along with UPC Renewables, reports construction of two wind projects totaling 60 MW is underway in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. The projects will incorporate Vestas turbines of various power ratings with site-specific towers.

    AC Energy will hold a 50-pct voting stake in both projects through wholly-owned subsidiary AC Energy Vietnam Investments 2 Pte. Ltd. (Source: Ayala, PR, Manila Standard, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Ayala Corp., +632 7908 3000, +632 8848 5864 – fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ayala,  Wind,  Vietnam Wind,  Vestas,  

    Vestas Claims 67MW Vietnamese Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Vestas reports it will supply, transport, install and commission a total of 16 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines delivered in different power ratings for two wind farm developments in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

    The order includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to maximise energy production for both sites which are slated for ommissioning in Q3 of 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve,25 April, 2020) Contact: Vestas Asia Pacific, Clive Turton, Pres., +45 96 75 25 75,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Vestas Wind,  Vietnam Wind,  

    GE Wins Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC Turbine Contract (Int'l Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting a contract with Hanoi, Vietnam-based Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC, to provide 11 2.4MW-116 turbines and technical advisory service for the Phuong Mai 1 wind farm in Binh Dinh province. Phuong Mai Wind Power JSC is a Special Purpose Vehicle entity jointly invested by Truong Thanh Development and Construction Investment and Hanoi Construction - Industrial Investment

    The Phuong Mai 1 wind farm is expected to come online early in 2021. GE presently operates 128 MW in Vietnam and is one of the oldest and largest OEMs in the country.(Source: GE Renewable Energy, STL News, April, 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    Siemens Gamesa Turbines Going to Vietnam (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Hoa Thang Energy,Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Spanish wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it will supply 25 units of its 4.5-145 turbines with a 10 year service agreement for Hoa Thang Energy's 113 MW 1.2 wind farm in Vietnam.

    Hoa Thang Energy Joint Stock Company is a special-purpose vehicle of Vietnam's construction group Trading Construction Works Organization. The project is expected to come online in 2021 and will generate sufficient energy for roughly 240,000 Veitnam households.

    The Vietnamese government estimates the country's total power generating capacity will reach 125-130 GW by 2030, up from 46 GW in 2018. The government also aims for renewable energy to account for 15-20 pct of its total energy output by 2030 and has established a target of developing 6 GW of wind power capacity by 2030. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, ME Construction News, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: Hoa Thang Energy, +84-988682389; Siemens Gamesa,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind Vietnam Wind,  

    Vietnam Legislation Aimed at Fighting Climate Change (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-03-20
    In Hanoi, the government of Vietnam reports the introduction of legislation to reduce the country of 98,000 resident's reliance on coal and advance its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, as per the Paris Climate Accord.

    The four-pronged legislation includes; cap and trade; a ban on chemicals that destroy the ozone; corporate emission reporting rules; and a database of both emissions and the measures to decrease them. The legislation includes measures to decrease emissions by focusing on reforestation, creating a domestic carbon credit market, and drastically cut coal consumption which presently generates almost one-third of the country's electric power -- figure projected to increase by five times by 2030. (Source: Various Media, VOA Khymer, 19 Mar., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Coal,  Paris Climate Accord,  Vietnam Emissions,  

    ASEAN Member States Focusing on Biogas (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-02-17
    According to the Jakarta-headquartered Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Energy (ACE) many ASEAN member states have been actively looking to increase the use of biogas in order to meet their respective bioenergy targets.

    Combined, Indonesia and Malaysia have over 1,000 palm oil mills that produce almost 90 percent of global palm oil supply. This results in the generation of around 126 million tonnes of POME yearly. The demand for biogas has grown because of the need to shift to more renewable sources of energy and to increase electricity penetration within the ASEAN region.Indonesia has set a bioenergy capacity target of 810 MW by 2025, Thailand's goal is 5,570 MW by 2036 and Malaysia aims to achieve 1,065 MW this year.

    The ASEAN nations -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- have a combined population of population of 650 million and a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. (Source: ASEAN Post, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: ASEAN Centre for Energy, +62 21 527 9332, +62 21 527 9350 - fax,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  ASEAN,  

    48-MW Vietnamese Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l Report)
    Vietnam,Climate Fund Managers
    Date: 2020-01-24
    Netherlands-based Climate Fund Managers (CFM), the manager of the Climate Investor One facility (CI1), reports construction is underway on its $71 million, 48-MW near-shore wind farm in Tra Vinh province, Vietnam.

    The project company , Tra Vinh Wind Power Company, is jointly funded by Korean energy firm ST International. Vestas will supply the projects turbine and act as EPC for the project. (Source: Climate Fund Managers, Power Engineering, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Climate Fund Managers, Andrew Johnstone, CEO, +31 (0)70 204 5205,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Vietnam Wind,  Climate Fund Managers,  

    Air France Passengers Voting on Carbon Offset Projects(Int'l)
    Air France,CORSIA
    Date: 2020-01-15
    Air France reports its 57,000 passengers per day can now vote on the internationally certified projects that will help offset 100 pct of the carbon emissions of the air carrier's 450 daily domestic flights.

    Qualifying projects include a forest preservation project in Brazil's Amazon River delta, a photovoltaic program in Senegal, a biogas production program in Vietnam and others. The program receiving the highest number of votes will, starting this year, be included in Air France's offsetting initiative.

    A global carbon offset scheme for international flights is also being introduced and is backed by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (CORSIA) to reduce aviation CO2 emissions by 2.5 billion tonnes from 2020 to 2035. (Source: Air France, AirLine Ratings, 14 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Aviation Emissions,  CORSIA,  

    Vestas Touts 750 MW in 2019 Year End Orders (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of year-end orders totaling more than 750 MW from projects in the U.S., Russia, Mexico and Vietnam.

    In the US, orders were received for 12 units of V110-2.0MW wind turbines and another 57 units of its V120-2.2MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer, plus a second order for a 162 MW project that will incorporate V110-2.0MW wind turbines and V136-4.2MW wind turbines.

    In Europe, the company previously announced another 252 MW request for its 1,800 MW agreement in Russia with the Fortum / Rusnano consortium.

    In Italy, Vestas also announced an agreement to supply 37 MW in V110-2.0MW and V136-4.2MW wind turbines to two wind farm projects.

    In China, Vestas won an order for 25 of its V110-2.2MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer, as well as a second order for 23 units of its V120-2.2MW turbines.

    In Vietnam, Vestas scored its third order for the 50 MW Cong ty Co Phan Dau Tu Dien Gio Hoa Binh 1 wind project. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 1 Jan., 2020) Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

    Northland, Shizen JV Targets Japanese Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
    Northland Power
    Date: 2019-11-18
    Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power is reporting a 50/50 JV with Tokyo-based Shizen Energy to target 600MW of offshore wind capacity projects off Chiba prefecture in the south-east of Japan's main island. Specific projects and detailed plans have not been released.

    Shizen has contributed to the development of about 1GW of renewable energy projects in Japan as well as solar PV projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Thailand. Northland has a net interest in more than 2GW of operational clean energy projects worldwide, including a 60 stake in the 1,044MW Hai Long offshore wind cluster under development in Taiwan. (Source: Japanese Wind Power Association, Northland Power, Wind Power Monthly, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: Northland Power Inc., David Povall, Exec. VP, (416) 962-6262,;Shizen Energy, +81 3-3868-0344,; Japanese Wind Power Association,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shizen Energy,  Northland Power ,  Offshore Wind,  Japan Wind,  

    Poyry, Banpu Power Constructing Vietnam Wind Project (Int'l.)
    Poyry Plc, Banpu Power
    Date: 2019-11-11
    Helsinki-headquartered consulting and engineering firm Poyry Plc reports it is partnering with Thailand's Banpu Power for the construction and management of a 90-MW wind farm project in Vinh Chau, Vietnam.

    The project will be built in three 30-MW phases. Detailed engineering design for the first phase is due to start this December followed by site mobilization in February, 2020. next year.

    Poyry, which was founded in 1958, focuses on power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water, (Source: Poyry, PR, ScandAsia, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: Banpu Power,; Poyry Jonny Stridh, Managing Director, Industry Business Group, +46 705 83 4351,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Banpu Power,  Poyry ,  Wind,  Viet Nam Wind,  

    Guterres Exhorts ASEAN-UN Summit to Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Speaking in Bangkok, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the negative impact of climate change on the sustainability at the press conference after the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in the capital city of Thailand.

    The UN Chief noted "Climate change is running faster than we are, and we all see the impact of climate change in natural disasters." He said that the sea level is rising much faster than expected and new research forecast that 300 million people will be flooded by sea water in 2050 if climate change can not be contained.

    The UN chief pointed out that efforts were needed to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 pct in the next decade. "If we miss these objectives, the situation will be catastrophic", Guterres said.

    Founded in 1967, the ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Source: ASEAN Summit Report, Xinhua, 3 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,  Climate Change,  

    Porsche Carbon Offsetting Tool Offered in N. America (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-08-26
    German automaker Porsch AG is touting the launch of Porsche Impact aimed at helping its North American customers lower their carbon footprint.

    Porsche Impact is a web-based emissions calculator that allows Porsche owners to assess and compensate for CO2 emissions, based on mileage and average fuel consumption. Customers can then follow a quick link to make financial contributions to environmental projects designed to offset their individual carbon footprint.

    Porsche Impact users can choose from four different internationally certified projects to support. The available programs are focused on forest protection in the U.S., hydropower in Vietnam, solar energy in Mexico, and habitat preservation in Zimbabwe.

    The Porsche Impact offset programs are managed by South Pole, a Swiss-based provider of carbon offsetting projects and sustainability financing that has been active internationally for more than a decade. Impact has been available to customers in Germany, the UK, and Poland since late 2018. (Source: Porsche AG, PRN, 25 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Vietnam Cement Producers Prepare for Carbon Tax Pilot (Int'l.)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-08-09
    In Hanoi, the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the planned 2020 launch of a one-year carbon tax pilot program that will affect 11 cement and 9 power production plants across the country.

    Under the scheme, cement producers and traders will be charged US$0.09/t of clinker, equivalent to US1.35/t of CO2. The tax is lower than the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility pledge to pay for emission reduction efforts in North Central Region of US$5/t of CO2. The provinces running the tariff are expected to generate around US$7.4 million per year. (Source: Vietnam News Agency Bulletin, Global Cement News, 4 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement,  Carbon Tax,  

    ASEAN Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation Capacity (Int'l)
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    Date: 2019-06-24
    On Saturday in Bangkok, the Assoc. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos -- reports it's member states have agreed to share information and best practices and strengthen climate change mitigation capacity, build climate-resilient communities, address natural disasters in a "timely and systematic manner" and enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to build climate resilient communities in Southeast Asia. The bloc also intends to advance ASEAN's concerns based on consensus on common interests on climate change through joint statements in the upcoming climate summits in New York and Santiago, Chile.

    The ten-nation ASEAN bloc supports the conservation and sustainable use of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment and is committed to promote biodiversity conservation and management and endeavor to mainstream biodiversity into the organization's various development processes. (Source: ASEAN, AFP, Manila Bulletin, 23 June, 2019) Contact: ASEAN,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Association of Southeast Asian Nations,  ASEAM,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  

    Vietnamese E5 Biofuel Sales,Consumption Plunge (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2019-05-13
    According to statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in 2018, Vietnam consumed over 3.1 million tons of E5 gasoline, equivalent to 42 pct of all gasoline in the market. However, in the first quarter of 2019, this number fell to 38 pct. Moreover, after over one year of mass selling bio-fuel, a number of petrol stations are beginning to switch back to selling RON 95, as a result of low sales and meager profit margins.

    A Saigon retail is quoted as saying, "There are months where we only sold several hundred litres of E5. This is small so it is difficult to store this type of biofuel. Since E5 is a biofuel, if left for long, water will separate from the fuel, causing it to spoil." E5 fuel retails claim the fuel doesn’t sell because consumers still have doubts about its quality and prices are not attractive enough for them to make the switch. (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, VN Express International, 12 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E5,  Biofuel,  Vietnam Biofuel,  

    Netherlands, Vietnam Discussing Offshore Wind Cooperation (Int'l)
    Ba Ria-Vung Tau
    Date: 2019-04-15
    A high level delegation from the Netherlands is reportedly interested in a cooperative agreement with Vietnam's southeastern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to develop offshore wind energy and related services.

    The Netherlands delegation and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Vietnam Electricity group have begun discussion in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province to that end. (Source: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, reve, April 13, 2019 )Contact: Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, /

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

    Infoswiss Recaps Weather, Climate Change Ideas from the Past (Opinion, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-18
  • "In 1877, an American researcher proposes changing the direction of the Kuroshio ocean current through the Bering Strait in an effort to increase Arctic temperatures by about 15 degrees C.

  • A German physicist suggests installing giant mirrors on an earth orbiting space station in 1929 to concentrate solar radiation on the Earth's surface and make the far north of the planet habitable.

  • The Director of UNESCO in 1945 noted the explosion of atomic bombs in the polar regions would cause an increase in the temperature of the Arctic Ocean and a warming of the climate in the northern temperate zones.

  • During the Vietnam War (1967-1972) the American army launches silver iodide into the clouds to extend the monsoon rain season.

  • In 1989 and American climatologist estimates that 2 percent of sunlight could be reflected away from the Earth with a space shield located in the Earth's orbit.

  • A Dutch chemist in 2006 proposes emitting sulphur particles into the atmosphere to absorb part of the sun's rays and lower the Earth's temperature.

  • In 2010 University of Geneva researchers succeed in creating artificial rain thanks to a laser capable of condensing water drops in the atmosphere." (Source:, Mar., 2019)

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  • Pan-United Intros CarbonCure Tech to Asian Markets (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2018-11-19
    In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia-headquartered clean technology company CarbonCure Technologies Inc. reports it has partnered with Singapore concrete innovation company Pan-United Corporation Ltd to bring CarbonCure's breakthrough CO2 recycling technology for concrete manufacturing to Asian markets.

    The CarbonCure Technology chemically converts CO2 captured from industrial emitters into a nano-mineral that becomes permanently embedded within concrete. The process improves concrete's compressive strength and enables concrete producers to realize manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint. The CarbonCure Technology has the potential to save over 4,000 tpy of CO2 at each Pan-United concrete plant.

    Pan-United, Singapore's largest concrete and cement company, with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, is the first concrete firm to attain Singapore Green Building Council(SGBC) LEED sustainability certification.

    CarbonCure, a world leader in CO2 utilization technologies for the concrete industry, announced in September that it had closed a strategic round of investment led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion clean technology investment fund created to accelerate the world's transition to clean energy. (Source: CarbonCure Technology, PR, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact:: Pan-United Group. Ltd., Janelle Loh, +65 6305 7346,,; CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,

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    Vietnam's Largest Wind Farm Construction Completed (Int'l)
    Blue Circle
    Date: 2018-11-07
    In Vietnam, Singapore-headquartered developer Blue Circle Pte Ltd. is reporting completion of the 12-turbine, 40MW Dam Nai project in Ninh Thuan province. The wind farm incorporates Siemens Gamesa G114-2.625MW turbines and is the country's largest onshore wind farm.

    Commissioning is expected this month for commercial operations in December. Blue Circle notes that between 80MW and 120MW could eventually be added at the site.

    With this new facility, Vietnam has approximately 269MW of installed wind capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence. The country's 2016-2030 renewable energy development strategy calls for 6GW of power by 2030. (Source: Blue Circle Pte Ltd, , WindPower, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Blue Circle, +65 6358 3414,

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    Vietnamese Ethanol Plant Soon to be Back in Action (Int'l.)
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In Hanoi, the Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company (BSR-BF), which operates the Dung Quat Biofuel plant, is reporting the plant in central Quang Ngai province resumed operations on October 14, following a three year hiatus for inefficiency.

    Production is scheduled to resume at about 65 pct capacity until October 28, then stop for several days so that necessary technical checks and maintenance can be performed before full-time commercial operation begins.

    During the first two weeks, the plant is expected to produce around 2,000 tonnes of Ethanol, increasing to 7,000 cu.m for the two remaining months of this year and 35,000 cu.m in 2019. (Source: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company, VNA, October 15, 2018 ) Contact: Central Biofuel Joint Stock Company,

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    Siemens Gamesa Wins 74.8MW Japanese Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2018-05-16
    Siemens Gamesa is reporting receipt of an order from Tokyu Land Corporation for 22 units of its SWT-3.4-108 wind turbines for two wind farms in Hokkaido, Japan. Delivery is slated for 2018-19. The first batch has already arrived in Hokkaido. Siemens Gamesa will handle operations and maintenance services for the projects under the terms of a 20 year contract.

    Siemens Gamesa has installed 188 wind turbines in Japan since 1999, and is active China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.(Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Alvaro Bilbao, CEO, Asia-Pacific Onshore Business,; Tokyu Land Corporation,

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