Coal power pollution could increase CO2 emissions in Vietnam by 20 times and doom global efforts to curb warming.
Hanoi - Vietnam’s coal sector is facing decreasing exports and competition from imported coal, Nguyen Khac Tho, deputy director of the General Directorate of Energy under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said yesterday at a conference in Hanoi on coal imports and ensuring national energy security.
The Vietnam Coal-Mineral Industries Holding Corporation (Vinacomin) produced 26.7 million tonnes of coal and sold 25.5 million tonnes in the last three quarters, heard a conference in the northern province of Quang Ninh on October 11.
Vietnam spent $32 billion on imports from China in the first eight months of the year, including products which are plentiful in Vietnam.
Imports in the first eight months alone far exceeded the official projection for the whole year, which comes as a surprise.
The Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Group (Vinacomin) sold 8.6 million tonnes of coal in the first quarter of 2017, up 3% compared to the same period last year.