Issues of household waste & energy saving are among the most pressing topics that affect the daily life of Vietnamese urban citizens.
According to statistics, Hanoi generates tremendous amounts of household waste (6,500 – 7,000 tons per day) on averag.
Most of the waste in urban areas of Vietnam is treated by landfill method (accounting for 71%), which is unhygienic. Furthermore, a large amount of plastic waste is floating in rivers, lakes, estuary wetlands, coastal areas.
In addition, Vietnam is a country with a rapid growth rate, and this is reflected in the increase in electricity consumption from 8-10% every year. For households’ consumption, weather conditions as well as housing design in urban areas (with a lack of sunshine, air, etc.) can be counted as objective factors increasing energy consumption. Moreover, increasing living standards in urban areas go along with rising waste volumes, higher and higher demands to thermal comfort and more resource intensive lifestyles… Consequently, the ecological footprint of cities is increasing in general. To reach climate goals, the situation at hand then begs the question what solutions can be find regarding rising energy consumption?
So, this is the right time to have an open exchange about these interesting topics and take more practical and concrete action. The Goethe-Institut, within its focus theme on Urban development, would like to host our partner from Hamburg University, Germany, to share some German expertise on Green Housing – Healthy Living: Household waste & Energy saving. As part of a research project funded by the German Federal Government, the researchers have developed a handbook on green and healthy living, which is aimed at the general public.
The content of the Handbook “Green Housing and Healthy Living” follows a multi-disciplinary comprehensive approach, providing practical guidelines for planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining sustainable housing and behavioral dimensions to improve energy efficiency and healthy living. The principles and solutions introduced are applicable to all other types of housing in Vietnam.
During our event we will focus on the topics of Household waste & Energy saving. Can this be an inspiration for any creative to reflect the problems & solutions in different formats?
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