By 2020, more than half of the enterprises with high energy needs and emissions as well as 50 per cent of the industrial production establishments will apply clean and energy-saving technologies.
With a vision till 2030, this is the agenda of a recently approved national action programme on sustainable production and consumption.
This decision was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung earlier this year and intends to subsequently better the production and consumption model so as to ensure a more effective usage of renewable natural resources and energies and environmentally-friendly products.
This programme aims to reduce approximately 65 per cent of non-easily disposed packages in supermarkets and malls and half the number of packages in public markets.
Specifically, one of the task of this programme is to ensure that the distribution system and supply chain become more environmentally-friendly by using cleaner technologies; utilizing energy more economically and effectively when distributing products and services; reducing non-easily disposed packages in supermarkets, malls and public markets; and boosting the utilisation of environmentally-friendly packages.
Furthermore, in order to achieve the given targets, the “going-green” distribution system and supply chain for the environmentally-friendly products and services will be developed. The system of standards and certification for a green, environmentally-friendly distribution model will be built.
Out of the positive impacts of the programme one is such that it would enhance the relations between the different sectors involved in producing, distributing and using environmentally-friendly products and services.
Another perk is the increased awareness of both the consumers and participants in the distribution and supply chain with regards to the issue of sustainable production and consumption.
Lastly, this programme also hopes to change consumer behaviour through encouraging an environmentally-friendly lifestyle; having channels broadcast and advertise environmentally-friendly products and services; and disseminating knowledge, policies and laws on sustainable production and consumption among producers, service providers and consumers.
"Production and consumption are considered sustainable when they meet the basic needs of the present, establish a better quality of life, reduce the use of natural resources and toxic materials and minimise emissions into the environment," said Nguyen Huy Hoan, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
“Sustainable production and consumption were important and essential for connecting the country's development goals with the needs of the environment.”