The Prime Minister on November 27 issued a directive to urge stricter control of investment projects that overuse natural resources and energies, causing environmental pollution.
With Directive No. 30/CT-TTg, the Prime Minister reviews the formulation of regulations on energy consumption norms and efficiency and the minimum energy efficiency rate realized in the recent years. He also praises the Ministry of Industry and Trade for promptly guiding measures to economically and efficiently use energies in a number of industries.
However, the Prime Minister mentions shortcomings in the coordination among ministries, sectors and localities in supervising the aforesaid investment projects. Several processing industries like iron and steel, liquor and beverage, plastic, paper and pulp have not yet established rational energy and fuel consumption norms and sanctions are not severe enough to deter enterprises from breaching norms prescribed by law.
The Prime Minister requests the Ministry of Industry and Trade to work with relevant ministries and sectors in building specific roadmaps up to 2020 to eliminate backward technologies and equipment that irrationally consume energy or pollute the environment; and studying and designing new energy-saving products to be proposed to the Prime Minister in next March.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is tasked to supervise mineral exploration, exploitation and processing activities in accordance with the law on environmental protection and license first of all mining projects that apply advanced, safe and environment-friendly mining techniques according to their production schedules.
The Prime Minister assigns the Ministry of Transport to review the elaboration and application of standards of minimum energy consumption to, a number of means of transport. Meanwhile, provincial-level People’s Committees are required to review their local master plans on construction material development in line with the national master plan on development of construction material industry through 2020, with a vision toward 2030.