Building a National Action Plan for Circular Economy Implementation

29/09/2023

TN&MTOn September 11th, in Hanoi, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vo Tuan Nhan, chaired a meeting to discuss the development of a draft National Action Plan for Circular Economy (CE) implementation until 2035.

Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan at the meeting on drafting the National Action Plan for Circular Economy Implementation until 2035.

During the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Tho, Director of the Institute for Strategy and Policy of Natural Resources and Environment, presented the draft plan for the National Action Plan on Circular Economy implementation until 2035. He emphasized the need to create a national action plan to efficiently utilize resources, protect the environment, and address climate change.

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Tho presented the Draft National Action Plan for Circular Economy Implementation until 2035.

With specific targets set for 2035, the action plan will focus on efficient resource use, material savings, energy savings, and the development of renewable energy. It also aims to extend the product lifecycle, reduce average household solid waste generation, achieve socio-economic efficiency, encourage innovation, and contribute to the successful implementation of important Party documents, government strategies, programs, plans, policies, and laws.

The action plan will consist of three main parts: Part 1 outlines the activities and tasks for priority sectors to implement Circular Economy activities. It includes tasks and solutions for circular economy implementation within five themes, 17 task groups, activities, and 54 related tasks related to institutional development to support the priority sectors in applying circular economy. Part 2 outlines the implementation direction and responsibilities for specific tasks of ministries, sectors, localities, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in line with the circular economy implementation plan. Part 3 covers the coordination, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on the results of circular economy implementation and the responsibilities of relevant ministries, sectors, organizations, and individuals.

Mr. Trinh Quoc Vu, Head of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development Department at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, provided feedback on the Draft.

Providing feedback on the draft, Mr. Trinh Quoc Vu from the Ministry of Industry and Trade stated that although there is no complete legal framework to regulate circular economy entities, businesses are very interested in implementing circular economy models. Therefore, it is necessary to create guidelines for organizations and units to develop linkages, supply chains, and specific regulations to promote sustainable consumption models.

Mr. Nguyen Anh Duong, from the Central Institute for Economic Management under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, delivered remarks during the meeting.

Mr. Nguyen Anh Duong from the Central Institute for Economic Management of the Ministry of Planning and Investment suggested that the development of the circular economy action plan should include pilot models and approaches to achieve sustainable development. The draft should also consider financial structures, focus on action directions and national objectives based on current regulations, and add circular economy elements to meet social needs and promote green sectors.

Mr. Vo Quoc Doan, Deputy Head of the Environmental Science and Technology Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, provided additional comments and suggestions on the Draft.

Adding his perspective, Mr. Vo Quoc Doan, Deputy Head of the Environment Science and Technology Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, pointed out that, regarding the 5 key themes outlined in the draft, it is necessary to consider meeting the requirements for establishing a Circular Economy by 2025-2030, aiming towards 2035. Consequently, specific objectives need to be identified in line with the principles of the law and existing regulations, while supplementing content related to the Circular Economy to ensure social welfare and promote green industries within the various ministries and sectors.

The meeting of the Drafting Committee and Editorial Team to develop the Prime Minister's decision on the National Action Plan for Circular Economy implementation.

In conclusion, Deputy Minister Vo Tuan Nhan stressed that the circular economy is a resource-saving and energy-saving model that significantly impacts the economy, society, and the environment. Therefore, ministries and sectors must base their 2030 targets on existing regulations. Additionally, they need to choose key issues to focus on research and develop comprehensive plans and mechanisms for their respective sectors to ensure effectiveness. The action plan should be issued in 2024 as a mandatory requirement. Collaboration and consultation among ministries and sectors are essential to perfect the draft, and the drafting team should make serious revisions to meet the timeline for approval by the Prime Minister.

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