Old Coal Mines Can Win a Second Life as Green Energy Hotspots


By Rob Verdonck +Follow18 December 2020, 11:14 GMT+7

  •  Study examines turning coal operations into pumped hydro sites
  •  Other projects aim to add wind, solar at shuttered mines
Genex Power’s 50-megawatt solar farm at the disused Kidston mine.
Genex Power’s 50-megawatt solar farm at the disused Kidston mine. Photographer: Genex

Australia is studying plans to transform a disused underground coal mine into a pumped hydro facility, part of a wider effort to reuse retiring fossil fuel sites for renewable energy generation.

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Clean Energy Can Help Southeast Asia Recover After COVID-19


Prior to the devastating impacts of COVID-19, Southeast Asia was becoming an economic powerhouse. Manufacturing, industry and services expanded across the region in recent decades. Energy demand also grew an average of 6% per year, one of the fastest growth rates in the world. But despite the global decline in renewable energy prices, Southeast Asian countries have largely embraced fossil fuels to meet their growing energy needs.
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Hitachi Completes Acquisition of ABB Power Grids to Tackle Renewable Energy’s Rise


The deal, worth up to $7.8 billion, follows moves by rivals GE and Siemens to refocus on clean energy integration and distributed energy digitization.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will combine high-voltage transmission with distributed energy assets and digital control systems.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will combine high-voltage transmission with distributed energy assets and digital control systems.

Vietnam ranks low in clean energy adoption


By Nguyen Quy   May 19, 2020 | 09:31 am GMT+7

Vietnam ranks low in clean energy adoption

Three wind towers generating electricity among rice fields in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan. Photo by Shutterstock/Nguyen Quang Ngoc Tonkin.

In the bottom half of a global, clean energy transition ranking, Vietnam languishes far behind many of its neighbors.

Vietnam placed 65th out of 115 economies in 2020 Energy Transition Index, released by World Economic Forum (WEF), down nine spots from last year to continue lagging behind many other Southeast Asian countries.

The ranking measured countries and territories on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability based on 40 indicators grouped into two sub-indices.

In Southeast Asia, Vietnam ranked lower than Singapore (13th), Malaysia (38th), Brunei (49th), Thailand (53rd), and the Philippines (57th).

In the region, Vietnam did better than Indonesia (70th) and Cambodia (91st).

The country gained an average score of 53.5 percentage points out of 100, lower than the global average of 55.1.

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Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group: Webinar Series

Hosted by the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP)

Due to travel and meeting restrictions related to COVID-19, this webinar series is temporarily replacing the in-person Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group normally held in Ho Chi Minh City on a quarterly basis.


The Renewable Energy Buyers Vietnam Working Group is co-organized by the Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) and the USAID Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program (V-LEEP). Since 2017, the Working Group has brought together commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users interested in procuring clean energy, as well as renewable energy project developers and investors, and Government of Vietnam representatives.

The recurring Working Group is a platform for corporate RE market stakeholders to collectively identify and work toward policy, regulatory and financing frameworks needed to meet clean energy goals in Vietnam.

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Ra mắt Văn phòng Đại diện Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam tại TP.HCM

Ngày 9/2/2020, Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam đã tổ chức Lễ ra mắt Văn phòng đại diện Hiệp hội tại Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh.

TS Mai Duy Thiện trao quyết định cho ông Hoàng Giang, Trưởng Văn phòng Đại diện Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam tại Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh

Đến tham dự buổi lễ có TS Mai Duy Thiện – Phó Chủ tịch Thường trực, Hiệp hội Năng lượng Sạch Việt Nam (VCEA) và đông đảo đại diện các doanh nghiệp, hội viên hoạt động trong lĩnh vực năng lượng tái tạo.

Phát biểu tại buổi lễ, ông Mai Duy Thiện cho biết, Việt Nam nằm trong khu vực nhiệt đới gió mùa, số giờ nắng bình quân trong năm từ 2.500 – 3.000 giờ; nhiệt độ bình quân năm trên 21 0 C; hơn 8% diện tích có tiềm năng gió rất tốt (tốc độ gió ở độ cao 65m là 7 – 8 m/giây)… Với lợi thế đó, Việt Nam xác định, đây là 2 nguồn năng lượng chính để phát triển điện sạch.
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Người Việt Nam đầu tiên nhận giải thưởng môi trường Goldman Environmental Prize,

Diễn văn lễ trao giải (Nguỵ Thị Khanh – Việt Nam  từ 1:1:00 – 1:10:00)


Ngụy Thị Khanh đã sử dụng các nghiên cứu khoa học và hợp tác với các cơ quan nhà nước Việt Nam nhằm thúc đẩy các kế hoạch phát triển năng lượng dài hạn bền vững ở Việt Nam. Nêu bật những phí tổn và tác động môi trường của nhiệt điện than, cô đã hợp tác với các cơ quan chức năng nhằm giảm sự lệ thuộc vào than và hướng tới một tương lai năng lượng xanh hơn.

Những hiểm họa rõ ràng của năng lượng than

Nền kinh tế phát triển bùng nổ đã khiến cho nhu cầu điện của Việt Nam tăng khoảng 12%/năm trong thập kỷ qua. Việt Nam là một trong bốn nước châu Áđứng đầu thế giớivề xây dựng mới nhiệt điện than. Sau khi đã khai thác gần hết tiềm năng thủy điện, năm 2011 chính phủ Việt Nam đã chuyển sang phát triển nhiệt điện than và điện hạt nhân nhằm đáp ứng nhu cầu năng lượng trong tương lai. Một lượng khá lớn than sử dụng ở Việt Nam là than nhập khẩu, làm gia tăng sự lệ thuộc của đất nước vào các nguồn nhập khẩu đắt đỏ.Là một loại nhiên liệu phát điện gây ô nhiễm nhất, than đá gây ra 40% lượng phát thải khí nhà kính toàn cầu và là một nguồn chủ yếu gây ô nhiễm không khí và nước. Tiếp tục đọc “Người Việt Nam đầu tiên nhận giải thưởng môi trường Goldman Environmental Prize,”

Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia: Case Study Summaries of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam

© Asian Development Bank 2018. This book is an open access publication.

Download here https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/385041/education-skills-green-jobs.pdf

The green economy is a new economic paradigm which seeks to achieve economic development, while at the same time protecting the environment and achieving sustainable economic and social development. This requires transitioning to green jobs and green skills, and to creating new jobs in relation to the greening of workforces. Green jobs are relevant across all key sectors: agriculture, manufacturing, building, transport, tourism, and renewable energy. Skills acquisition and enhancement have great positive implications for all aspects of education and training, and for businesses.

Keywords Green jobs Green skills Green economy Green growth Sustainability Skills development priorities Waste management and recycling Renewable energy Skills acquisition and enhancement Skills toward sustainability Energy transition Smart cities Environmental goods and services Education and training

Implications of a Low-Carbon Future

2016 Global Forecast

  • Nov 16, 2015

    The world relies heavily on fossil fuels to meet its energy needs, and the development and trade of those fuels has influenced relationships among countries throughout modern history. Most reasonable projections of the next several decades anticipate that the role of coal, oil, and gas will be maintained but lose market share to lower-carbon energy sources like wind, solar, nuclear, and greater efficiency. Despite the continued role for fossil fuels, the push for greater reliance on lower-carbon energy sources has made progress since it began in earnest several decades ago. Nearly $318 billion was invested in new clean energy sources around the world last year, up from $60 billion in 2004. Nearly half of this investment took place in large developing economies, particularly China but also Brazil, India, and South Africa.

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17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Below is an excerpt from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, showing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals



Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change. Tiếp tục đọc “17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”