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Viet Nam faces both legal and technological barriers to biogas resource development at medium and large scales despite great potential to use biogas. To pursue the reduction of CO2 and methane emissions committed at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the nation should introduce incentive policies and pour significant public and private investment into biogas plants treating organic waste from industry, agriculture and municipalities. 

A biogas lagoon at a northern province in Viet Nam | ©GIZ Viet Nam

Those topics were addressed at the international symposium ‘Biogas development in Viet Nam in the light of COP26: Potential and challenges’, as a part of the IKI’s ‘Climate Protection through Sustainable Bioenergy Markets in Viet Nam’ (BEM) project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). 

More than 100 people attended the project’s first-time international event on biogas, which took place on 18-19 October 2022 in Ha Noi. The event’s goal was to identify opportunities and obstacles, introduce advanced biogas technologies and learn from other countries to promote biogas use for power and heat. The event was jointly organised by GIZ, the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority of Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.  

‘With this symposium, we can contribute to the further utilization of biogas potential in Viet Nam and the introduction of appropriate support mechanisms for biogas development,’ said Mr. Nathan Moore, Director of the BEM project. ‘When developing biogas for power, Viet Nam would cut methane and CO2 emissions while adding clean electricity to the grid. This would both support the nation’s COP26 commitments and also contribute to a sustainable green energy future for the country.’ 

Mr Nathan Moore_BEM Project Director | ©GIZ Viet Nam

At the event, representatives of Vietnamese government presented the national livestock strategy, waste treatment regulations and the contribution of biogas applications to COP26 commitment while local and international experts introduced their experience on biogas application for large-scale power generation.  

The event also included a panel discussion on Viet Nam’s biogas potential and strategies to attract more investment in the field. To promote the youth’s innovations, awards were given to university and high-school students with the best papers on biogas proposals. Along with the main activities, an exhibition took place for organisations and private companies to display their work on biogas for power.  

The highlight clip about the event is available here: 

For more information, please visit: Climate Protection through Sustainable Bioenergy Markets in Viet Nam

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The IKI Vietnam Newsletter is administered by the IKI interface in Vietnam hosted by GIZ. It informs regularly about news of climate change and biodiversity projects in Vietnam financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is an important part of the German government’s international climate finance commitment. Since 2022 the IKI is implemented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

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