In alignment with Vietnam’s efforts to better monitor and regulate industry emissions, a workshop targeting the country’s urea production sector will enable improved reporting of emission estimates, data collection and validation, leading to the development of a national emission inventory.
Organized by Clean Air Asia’s Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia (IBAQ Programme) and the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), the “Training Workshop to Improve Capacity on Emission Registration and Inventory for Urea Production Industry in Vietnam” conducted in Hanoi on March 24 brought together 35 representatives from the urea production industry, the Pollution Control Department/VEA, the Vietnam Chemical Group, and research and academic institutions.
It was aimed at building the technical knowledge of industry and government staff on emission inventory; improving capacity for data collection, the evaluation of emission factors and activity data for local technologies, and emission inventory management; and identifying the next steps for emission inventory implementation in Vietnam in line with Clean Air Asia’s Guidance Framework for Better Air Quality in Asian Cities.
With Vietnam’s industrial sector tipped to grow up to 7 percent annually until 2020 and up to 8.5 percent from 2021-2035, the government has approved an industry development master plan, supported by a Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam (MONRE) decree to regulate waste management in six types of industries, including urea production.
To facilitate the implementation of the decree, MONRE issued a Circular on Registration and Inventory of Industrial Air Pollution Emission Sources specifying production types and emission sources, with industries required to submit emission estimates for the issuing of permits and licenses.
Clean Air Asia and the VEA subsequently developed a cooperation plan outlining priority activities to improve capacity to estimate industry emissions, and Clean Air Asia is supporting the Pollution Control Department in developing emission inventory guidelines and a calculation tool for the urea production industry. The guidelines detail methods to estimate air pollution from urea production processes, and can be used to guide data-gathering for reporting in accordance with MONRE’s circular.
“The workshop provided participants with an overview of industrial emissions management in Vietnam, and information on national urea production technologies and relevant emission control measures,” said Dang Espita, Clean Air Asia Senior Air Quality Program Coordinator.
“It also provided information on emission factors and evaluated their applicability for locally available technologies, and the use of emission inventory calculation tools and quality assurance/quality controls in compliance with the government’s Circular on Registration and Inventory of Industrial Air Pollution Emission Sources.”
Pollution Control Department Vice-Director Nguyen Duc Hung said the workshop was beneficial in addressing industry-related emissions.