On September 6, 2022, in Bac Ninh, Vets.Energy and the Ministry of Industry and Trade cooperated with the Danish Embassy to organize a workshop “Consultation and training on the proposed revisions energy benchmark regulations for plastic sector and the monitoring, reporting and verification system on the implementation of the provincial energy efficiency action plan”.
Attending the workshop were representatives of Department of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development – Ministry of Industry and Trade; Embassy of Denmark; Danish Energy Agency; Department of Industry and Trade of Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Phu Tho, Hung Yen provinces. Vets.Energy with enterprises and scientists in the field of energy and energy savings.
Delegates attending the workshop
At the workshop, Mr. Trinh Quoc Vu, Deputy Director of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development said: “Plastic is a fast-growing industry among industries with an average growth rate of 16-18% per year, just behind telecommunications and textile and garment”. Electricity consumption in the rubber and plastic sector also increased from 5.7 billion kWh in 2016 to 7.62 billion kWh in 2019.
Currently, surveys show that the level of compliance with regulations on energy benchmarks of plastic enterprises is still limited. Specifically, 50.56% of enterprises submitting reports, 37.99% of achieving energy benchmarks and 22.47 % of enterprises have plans to improve specific energy consumption.
National and international experts attended the workshop
According to experts attending the workshop, the current status of complying with regulations on energy consumption in general and energy consumption in the plastic industry in particular in Vietnam is still challenging and limited due to the lack of management agencies on tools and mechanisms to promote compliance. On the business, the main challenge comes from the excessively high norms that make it difficult for many businesses to comply, the lack of tools to support the control and collect energy usage data, and the lack of support from the management agency. In addition, difficulties also come from the fact that most businesses use energy-intensive production technologies, while access to capital to support innovation investment is still limited, especially for medium and small enterprises.
Explaining this problem, Mr. Duong Chi Cong – National consultant from Vietnam Technology Solutions Joint Stock Company (VETS) presented that: the specificity of the plastic industry is that products are very diverse, with many types, sizes and shapes varies from their customer order, so it is very difficult for enterprises to calculate the norm. “For example, the construction plastic sub-sector has huge difference in energy use for each type of material such as PVC, PP-R, HDPE, etc”.
Mr. Duong Chi Cong – National consultant from Vietnam Technology Solutions Joint Stock Company (VETS)
To improve the level of compliance with energy efficiency and conservation, the participants of the workshop made a number of proposals such as Applying sanctions as well as encouraging and rewarding businesses’ excellence in energy efficiency and conservation. At the same time, it is necessary to promote communication to raise awareness about energy benchmarks, focusing on the benefits of enterprises when reaching these norms; provide tools to support monitoring and verification for regulators and tools to help businesses monitor, report and forecast their energy consumption, thereby develop energy efficiency and conservation plan.
The workshop also introduced to the participants the system of tools to support monitoring, reporting and verifying the implementation of the plan for economical and efficient use of energy.
According to the developer, the tool is built to support the Departments of Industry and Trade in calculating and evaluating the accuracy of reports submitted by enterprises, thereby helping to make verification or approval requests. On the business side, the tool helps businesses determine the energy consumption rate in the year, determine the trend of changing energy consumption in the following years. On this basis, enterprises can develop appropriate and efficient energy use implementation plans.
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