Green Building Week launched to realize Vietnam’s COP26 commitment

9/8/2022| 15:04

A representative of the Ministry of Construction said that Vietnam Green Building Week 2022 would take place in mid-October in Ho Chi Minh City, aiming to realize the country’s commitments at COP26.

From October 13 to 14, Vietnam Green Building Week 2022 will take place in Ho Chi Minh City. The event, held under the theme "Promoting Green Building: Towards the Goal of Realizing Vietnam's Commitments at COP26” (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties), expects to receive the participation of leading global construction experts.

Vietnam Green Building Week is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Construction, in response to World Green Building Week. World Green Building Week is a global campaign delivered by the global network of Green Building Councils and partners. As members of the UN Global Compact, Green Building Councils work with businesses, organizations, and governments to drive the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Through a systems change approach, the network is leading the industry towards a net zero carbon, healthy, equitable, and resilient built environment.

Green Building Week launched to realize Vietnam’s COP26 commitmentVietnam's Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at COP26. (Photo: VNA)

 According to the Ministry of Construction, Vietnam Green Building Week 2022 is a prestigious "open forum" to promote dialogue and multi-dimensional cooperation between more than 1,200 policymakers and senior delegates from all over the world, including experts in the fields of project development, investment, consultant, design and construction agencies, leading architects and suppliers of building materials, equipment and technology.

This year's Vietnam Green Building Week includes one plenary session and three thematic sessions to discuss and exchange experiences in green building and sustainable urban construction toward realizing Vietnam's commitments at COP26.

In 2020, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh stated that Vietnam would reach its net-zero carbon emission target by 2050 and called for fairness and justice in climate change issues. He reiterated that developed countries should share in the country’s difficulties and offer assistance in HR, and national governance on sustainable development and provide Vietnam with preferential green finance and technology.

Vietnam also strived to introduce stronger measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on its own abilities as well as international support in terms of finance and technology transfer.  It also vowed to continue implementing goals as stated in the Paris Agreement.

Green Building Week launched to realize Vietnam’s COP26 commitmentVietnam Green Building Week 2021. (Photo: Bao Xay Dung)

 In line with COP26, Vietnam made a commitment to stop deforestation by 2030 and phase out coal-fueled power generation by 2040. Other developed countries have vowed to do so by 2030. The country has targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9 percent with domestic resources and 27 percent with international support by 2030 as per the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Currently, the construction industry has been implementing this commitment through policies such as Politburo’s Resolution No. 55-NQ/TW dated February 11, 2020, on "Strategic orientation for national energy development to 2030, with a vision to 2045," the strategy for the development of building materials in Vietnam for the period of 2021-2030 with orientation to 2050.

With that in mind, the representative of the Ministry of Construction affirmed that the organization of Vietnam Green Building Week in 2022 will contribute to raising the awareness of stakeholders in promoting the development of green and energy-efficient buildings.

The event is also an opportunity to demonstrate Vietnam's efforts and actions in the implementation of international commitments on climate change response and sustainable development.

Green Building Week launched to realize Vietnam’s COP26 commitmentVietnam Green Building Week 2020. (Photo: Ministry of Construction)

 Vietnam has been one of the hardest-hit countries by climate change and is working to build up its climate resilience planning and economic development in line with international standards. Vietnam had earlier reiterated the threat of rising sea levels due to climate change especially in the most vulnerable regions in South Vietnam, home to more than 20 million people. The region also produces almost half the country’s rice harvest. A significant amount of land is periodically affected by flooding resulting in damage to crops and people’s livelihoods. 

Given these factors, its imperative for Vietnam to continue imposing measures to increase sustainable development while also asking international partners to share its goals on climate change. Vietnam’s commitment to climate change goals as well as commitments by other countries will have a significant impact on future economic growth.

Vietnam’s strong commitments at COP26 have been well received by the international community. Many of the UK’s newspapers, including the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Independent, have reported Vietnam’s commitments to net zero by 2050 and to phase out coal power between 2030 and 2040.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-UK Network Paul Smith said Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s speech at COP26 was positive and well received. He said it does not matter Vietnam is a low emitter. What matters is Vietnam’s leadership in South East Asia and the world in the global fight against climate change. He said Vietnam now is in a great position to transform into green growth because it is a relatively new industrialized country and does not have a legacy in the same way as developed countries, particularly those in the west.

Translated by Valerie Hong-anh