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Viet Nam Lawmakers Discuss Draft Bill on Energy
Source: /english.vietnamnet.vn
Source Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Focus: Information Access, E-Participation
Country: Viet Nam
Created: Apr 19, 2010

VietNamNet Bridge – How to make the best use of energy was top on the agenda yesterday, April 15, at the ongoing meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee, where participants discussed a draft for the law on efficient and effective energy usage.

The draft law, which was submitted to the National Assembly (NA) for the first time at the sixth meeting session last October, will be voted for approval at the seventh session in May this year.

The NA Standing Committee, in putting the final touches to the draft law, was making sure that the law’s introduction would help stabilise energy supply together with the efficient and effective use of energy in both production and every day life.

Two chapters and 14 articles have been added to the draft which has been amended to be more practical and rational, according to the head of the NA’s Science-Technology and Environment Committee, Dang Vu Minh.

Viet Nam’s energy has long been used wastefully and if it is used efficiently, the country could save up to 20 per cent each year, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Huu Hao at yesterday’s meeting where a draft for food safety was also discussed.

The wasteful energy is mostly because of poor awareness and backward technology, according to Hao who gave an example that Viet Nam’s gross domestic production grew by 6 per cent in the first quarter of this year but energy usage increased by 22 per cent.

"Compared to the international standard that sees 1 per cent GDP growth going in line with 1.2-1.5 times higher for energy usage, Viet Nam’s figure is three times," said Hao.

Participants voiced their concerns on the feasibility of the draft law as the drafting committee had put impractical amendments in six fields that would require a lot more details and further discussion.

"The draft should focus on some specific fields with detailed regulations, especially on sanctions," said chairman of the NA’s Laws Committee Nguyen Van Thuan who suggested they draft a law simply for the development of renewable energy.

Arguing on the standard for energy efficiency, the participants asked Ministry of Science and Technology, the relevant body, to regulate, introduce and control the maximum energy consumption for all means of transport and energy-propelled equipment every five years.

Hao suggested that for the time being, the Government should introduce standards for the eight groups of vehicles and equipment that use the most energy and work on the rest later. He said the labelling would be done by the producers and manufacturers.

In response to concerns over the bill’s feasibility, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu called on the agreement on the concept of efficient and effective energy usage, especially the principles for energy usage, that are the basis and fundamental orientation for drafting the law and relevant documents.

"The principles on energy usage should be in line with the request for efficiency and savings in production, that would help assure national energy security and sustainable development," said Luu.

NA Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien agreed that it was difficult to draft the bill which requires a number of additional regulations to encourage people to follow the law and the scope was too big.

"Laws of such kind need to have a lot of sub-laws detailing the regulations," said Kien, adding that renewable energy usage cannot be fully regulated by one law alone, requiring a lot of sub-laws to go with it.
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