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Analysts say new Vietnam coal plants aren’t needed

VN Express International:

Nation can save $7 billion in coal imports and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 116 million tons each year, experts say. Vietnam should remove 25 coal power plants from its post-2020 energy master plan, prevent massive environmental pollution and save a lot of money, experts say.

At a conference on energy conservation held in Hanoi on Tuesday, they said that the coal power plants were not needed to sustain the national grid. Vietnam is currently planning to build 26 additional coal power plants after 2020.

However, the Green Innovation and Development Center (GreenID) said that as many 25 of these were not required. By removing these 25 plants, which have a targeted annual output of 30 gigawatts (GW), Vietnam can cut down the ratio of power generated for the national grid by coal from 42.6 to 24.4 percent.

This would help reduce the use of an environmentally unfriendly source, the center said. Vietnam would also save $7 billion it would have to spend on importing approximately 70 million tons of coal, and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 116 million tons, each year, it added.

GreenID also suggested that Vietnam increases the capacity of its renewable energy sources from 27 GW to 32 GW by 2030, increasing the contribution of this sector from 21 to 30 percent of the total.

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