Vietnam aims to generate about 3,000-5,000 MW of offshore wind power by 2030 and 21,000 MW by 2045, according to a webinar co-organized by the Việt Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) and Việt Nam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIET) on 18 August. Although Vietnam would benefit from this development regarding more job opportunities, investment attraction, and carbon emissions reduction, experts concern the environmental impacts of offshore wind power projects. More specifically, Vietnam still lacks legal regulations on environmental impact assessment and technical standards for the production, installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind power. They suggested that the environmental impact assessment should be conducted carefully, especially for the marine environment. Besides, the environmental impact assessment should be in conformation with international standards to promote investment. The Government should establish a specific mechanism for developing offshore wind power farms.
Sources & further information: “VN set targets of developing offshore wind power by 2045” at https://vietnamnews.vn and “Việt Nam đặt mục tiêu 21.000 MW điện gió ngoài khơi vào năm 2045” at https://pcgroup.vn, accessed on 20 August 2021.