The current network of energy efficiency now consists of 12 established Energy Efficiency Centres (EEC) and 24 centres for industrial promotion and consultancy which are also functional in energy efficiency. To provide audience with an overview of the operation of these centres, Energy Efficiency Newsletter has interviewed Mr. Nguyen Van Long, Deputy Director of Science, Technology and Energy Efficiency, General Department of Energy, MOIT.
Could you give any comments on the activities of EEC recently?
So far we have 12 EECs, namely Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang, Can Tho, Phu Yen, Phu Tho, Quang Nam, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang Da Nang, ENERTEAM, Hai Phong; and 24 centres for industrial promotion and consultancy functioning in energy efficiency: Ha Giang, Thai Nguyen, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Hue, Da Nang, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Long An, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Dong Thap, Soc Trang. There are also about 30 other units doing consulting work in the field of energy efficiency. Most of the activities of the centres are effective and practical.
Hanoi and HCMC are two major cities, which have a large number of big enterprises capable of energy efficiency. Could you tell us about specific activities of these two centres?
EEC HCM and EEC HN are two fully functional units which can implement most activities. They have made broad and effective propaganda of their activities via mass media. They have also successfully organized fairs and launched competitions among households, young people, students and women. They have coordinated with provincial television and radio stations to produce reports and news programs on energy efficiency activities in their local. As of 2012, EEC HCM has encouraged 200,000 households to register for energy saving. The corresponding figure for ECC HN is 100,000.
The two centres have also implementing management activities. For example, EEC HN held the award for energy management in industry and buildings while EEC HCM held the competition for energy efficiency buildings and national press award for energy efficiency articles.
To introduce energy saving products, while expanding international relations in the field of energy efficiency, ECC Chi Minh City and Hanoi have successfully organized the fair and exhibition on energy efficiency. In 2008, the ECC HCM successfully organized exhibitions on energy and energy efficiency products in Ho Chi Minh City for the first time. For ECC Hanoi, the effective implementation of the Environment-Energy Fair (ENTECH) has been held periodically over the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. The Fair consisted of more than 150 stores, of which 60 are from overseas. In particular, as for the expansion of international cooperation, HCM ECC and ECC HN in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Office have carried out a JICA-funded project on total energy saving potential. Similar projects include those with DANIDA, ADB, JICA PROMEC, UNIDO, and Bresl.
5th Conference of National Energy Efficiency Centers in Phu Yen in August 2012
So up to now, the ECC HCMC and ECC HN remain the two "locomotives" in the field of energy efficiency. What about centers in other locals?
Currently, HCM ECC and ECC HN are capable of meeting the needs of society in terms of energy efficiency. However, I still appreciate the effort of the other energy efficiency centers. Each locality has different characteristics, on which the operations of the corresponding centre must be based. Propagation activities, albeit of small scope, have been done so effectively. Obviously, awareness of the people and enterprises has changed markedly. For example, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Hai Phong are launching programs to encourage families to save energy with very different approaches, depending on the customs of their local. Or Phu Tho and Ninh Binh, with the strength of livestock and farming, are good places to develop Biogas energy projects. For Ba Ria - Vung Tau and Binh Phuoc, building biogas generator system for use in production is the best solution.
In fact, when implementing energy efficiency activities, most centers face barriers such as short of manpower, lack of equipment, etc. How has this issue been resolved? How has Energy Efficiency Office supported?
I think all locals, including TP. HoChiMinh City and Hanoi have to face barriers in the process of implementation of energy efficiency activities.
Energy Efficiency Office has organized training courses and certified energy management workers of the center. In 2011, the Office organized 03 training courses for trainers and 13 others to grant certificates of energy management to 350 management staff of energy efficiency and business centers. There have also been training on the Law on energy saving and efficiency, bylaws, capacity building for staff in the local management and staff of the regional energy efficiency centers in the North. Specifically, the Office, in collaboration with foreign organizations, has organized training courses abroad. So far we have held eight professional study tours to Japan for the Departments of Industry and Trade and business Groups.
What should the centres do in the coming time to further enlarge and enhance energy efficiency activities?
Newly established centres with little experience on energy efficiency should learn from other units. In addition to the regular support of the Energy Efficiency Office, I think, the Energy Efficiency Center must learn to take advantage of the potentials and strengths of their local; particularly, they need to integrate different activities. The support of local authorities is also extremely important for the success of any activities, especially energy efficiency activities.