Vietnam needs more green urban development

These figures indicate that investors in Vietnam have yet to give great attention to green development, according to the Green Architecture Club in Ho Chi Minh City. Entering the local market in 2007, the building green work architecture was supported by both the Government and the private sector of Vietnam. The country will be one of the most affected by climate change over the next three decades. According to forecasts from the World Bank, if the sea level rises by one metre, Vietnam will lose 12% of its land, where 23% of the country’s population lives. In the past 10 years, Vietnam has attained annual construction growth of 12% and urban development rate of 3.4%. Over the same period, the country’s energy consumption rate rose by 13% annually, faster than its GDP rate. Construction works have used about 36% of the energy and 33% of electriCity consumption in the country, contributing 25% to the greenhouse effect and a third of the country’s CO2 discharges, the main causes of climate change. Mogens Bjorn Nielsen, head of the Water and Nature Department Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark, said the import of green construction methods from developed countries to developing ones is considered a good model. However, planning is crucial for construction and developing smart urban areas and sustainable cities. Planning must ensure ecological, social and economic sustainability, Nielsen said. Relevant authorities must attach great importance to the exploitation and use of water resources; development of clean energy resources; energy savings and efficiency; and…

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