ECO RED team has investigated the needs and resources of both the universities and labour market
Vietnam's demand for energy increases
The demand for energy of Vietnam is estimated to increase by 10% per year from now to 2020. The project “European quality COurse system for Renewable Energy Development” (ECO-RED), supporting higher education institutions in Vietnam, aims at matching Vietnamese universities’ development strategies and vision towards 2020.
In order to improve the university’s academic quality and research capacity, ECO RED team has investigated the needs and resources of both the universities and labour market, as requested in the WP1.
WP1 –“Identification of Local Needs” is aims to create know-how about i) internal needs and available resources at three beneficiary universities (Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Can Tho University (CTU), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT)); and ii) real company needs and labour market trends and opportunities including enterprises, civilians and government agencies, on renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE).
n. 139 questionnaires have been submitted to the local stakeholders, divided as follow: 31 enterprises, 80 households and 28 government agencies in four regions of the countries, including Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City and Ha Noi City.
Survey participants were aware of climate change and carbon emission as well as reasons causing climate change and its consequences. Economic and living conditions substantially affect the awareness of householders on climate change and carbon emission; in fact people living in urban areas show higher perception on climate change and carbon emission than those in rural areas. However, more people living in rural areas are worried about the climate change.
Survey respondents support to use renewable energy and carry out projects of renewable energy; however, they are not willing to pay higher price for electricity from renewable energy sources.
The survey shows that the respondents would have installed a renewable energy systems if they have been supported with at least 50% of total investment cost. The solar thermal energy currently is becoming quite popular in Vietnam’s households, commercial and industrial infrastructures and the photovoltaic energy and wind energy will be also expected to develop in future. From the other side the Enterprises’ and agency government’s participants have higher perception of, and knowledge on RE&EE than householders.
In the end, the reports report that there is a lack of information on RE&EE in Vietnam, that could be transmitted via media such as television, internet and newspapers as well as related training courses.