Demand for energy, and particularly electricity, across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)has risen strongly, often at a faster rate pace than economic growth.
The growing demand for electricity will require a major expansion of the power system. According to the current power development plans (PDPs) of the respective GMS countries, the total installed capacity of the region is projected to be almost doubled by 2025, mostly driven by large hydro and coal-fired power additions. Along with these developments, environmental and social pressures are expected to be heightened, adding concerns related to climate change.
The technical assistance, funded by the ADB, primarily focuses on improving Vietnam’s PDP planning process in a way to consider environmental and social impacts at the more upstream stage through strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and to examine all supply-side options and demand-side options using integrated resource planning (IRP). It is intended that the progress and lessons learnt from Vietnam can be captured as a knowledge product for sharing with other GMS countries to enhance their PDP process.
The focus of Danish Energy Management & Esbensen within the project is on developing EE and DSM projects, formulating EE policy, and implementing various EE policy options. More precisely, we identified EE and DSM potentials and make projections of potential energy savings in power sector in consultation with stakeholders in Vietnam and reflect them in revising or updating Vietnam’s PDP, validated policies, programs and targets on EE and DSM under the IRP with SEA as appropriate and develop recommendations for key actions to be taken to strengthen those policies, programs, and targets in Vietnam, identified GMS and international best practices and share them in a country context and consolidate necessary knowledge products to be used for country training, worked closely with the project team to (a) develop the integrate PDP approach using IRP with SEA considering potentials of EE resources; (b) tailor guidelines and briefing notes on Integrated PDP Process using IRP with SEA in each GMS countries (c) conduct country workshops and training programs; and (d) develop Knowledge Products, provided inputs to the reports and participate in regional and country meetings and workshops and country consultation missions as required.