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EIB Global to support Viet Nam's efforts to decarbonize electricity sector

VGP - EIB Vice-President Kris Peeters and Viet Nam Electricity Chairman Duong Quang Thanh have signed a memorandum of understanding paving the way for an increased EIB contribution to sustainable electricity generation.

December 10, 2022 10:16 PM GMT+7
EIB Global to support Viet Nam's efforts to decarbonize electricity sector - Ảnh 1.

The EIB-EVN memorandum of understanding calls for strengthened cooperation to support Viet Nam's energy transition towards decarbonization.

Today, EIB Vice-President Kris Peeters welcomed Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Chairman of Viet Nam Electricity Duong Quang Thanh to the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a meeting and signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding between the EIB and Viet Nam Electricity (EVN), the national electricity company of Viet Nam.

It was the prime minister's first visit to the EIB headquarters and followed a series of meetings with Luxembourg government officials.

During the visit, Vice-President Peeters highlighted the EIB's willingness to further strengthen the relationship and cooperation between Viet Nam and the Bank, building on the existing experience in financing sustainable transport projects such as the Ha Noi metro line and jointly financing projects contributing to climate change mitigation.

EIB Global and Viet Nam strengthen partnership to support sustainable energy

The memorandum of understanding signed by Vice-President Peeters and EVN Chairman Duong Quang Thanh includes cooperation to enable the direct financing of power investment projects in Viet Nam and strengthen partnerships in the fields of electricity generation, storage, transmission, distribution and sales, and also covers the energy transition towards decarbonization.

EIB Vice-President Kris Peeters, who is in charge of the Bank's operations in Southeast Asia, expressed his delight to welcome the Vietnamese delegation, led by the Prime Minister of Vietnam Phạm Minh Chinh, to the EIB headquarters.

The meeting underlines our role as the EU climate bank as we support Viet Nam's efforts to become more resilient to climate change and promote key aspects of the European Green Deal.

The signature of the memorandum of understanding with Viet Nam Electricity is essential to accelerating technical and operational discussions, exchanging key information, and paving the way for the EIB's potential involvement in major energy projects in Viet Nam.

"We support the country's low- carbon transition towards modern energy systems that can simultaneously ensure economic growth, energy security and environmental sustainability. I look forward to enhancing our cooperation and identifying financing opportunities in the areas of energy and climate action", he added.

Chairman of Viet Nam Electricity Duong Quang Thanh said EVN is a key state-owned economic group, playing a critical role in securing electricity supply in Viet Nam. As part of the Vietnamese government's target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, EVN has been developing its own energy transition roadmap.

As part of the Vietnamese government's target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, EVN has been developing its own energy transition roadmap. As a result, many projects in the potential future investment pipeline such as offshore wind, pumped storage hydropower, hydropower expansion and transmission grids are eligible for EIB investment.

The cooperation between EVN and the EIB is expected to support Viet Nam's low-emission and climate-resilient development, accelerate the just transition and the decarbonization of the electricity system, and create new economic opportunities to support the country's transition towards a net zero future, he noted.

EIB Global-Viet Nam Cooperation

The EIB has worked closely with Viet Nam since 1996, supporting the development of metropolitan commercial areas as well as smaller hydroelectricity projects and urban mobility.

In 2022, EIB Global opened its office in Jakarta to reinforce and prioritize the Bank's financing for climate action, urban transport, healthcare, energy security and sustainable infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, including Viet Nam.

As part of Team Europe, EIB Global will continue to work closely with the European Commission, the European External Action Service and EU Member States to support EU external priorities in Viet Nam, especially in helping the country to achieve the goal of net zero emissions and climate-resilient development.

EIB Global is the arm of the EIB Group devoted to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance. Investing outside the European Union in support of EU priorities, EIB Global is designed to foster strong, focused partnerships within Team Europe, alongside fellow development finance institutions and civil society.

EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people, companies and institutions through its offices around the world.

Viet Nam Electricity (EVN) is a state-owned enterprise established in 1994, entrusted with the mission of ensuring a sufficient power supply for national socioeconomic growth and to meet customer demand, while continuously improving the quality of services.

EVN's operations range from electricity generation, transmission and distribution to retail business. It is dedicated to becoming a leading power utility in the region.