Italy shares clean energy experience in urban areas

The embassy of Italy in Hanoi organised a seminar on clean energy in urban areas on May 26 as part of activities to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

At the seminar, Director of the Centre of Renewable Energy and Clean Development Mechanisms, Nguyen Duc Cuong introduced mechanisms and policies on renewable energy in Vietnam. The country has potential for this kind of energy, due to economic development, population growth and high speed of urbanisation, the demand for energy increases incessantly.

He noted that because of climate change, energy sources of coal and oil are decreasing and it has become more necessary to exploit clean and renewable energy despite the cost. Mr. Cuong suggested rebalancing energy development and economic development objectives because the price of renewable energy is 1.5-2 times higher than traditional energy.     

Sharing experience in this issue, a representative of Italy’s Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali Company proposed some measures to make the city cleaner, especially with long-term and sustainable sources of energy. The main goal is to strengthen science and technology efficiency to improve life’s quality in urban areas, as well as reduce energy consumption, the representative said.