Leading Danish environmental management and technology companies have expressed keen interest in environmental projects in Vietnam. This explains why these companies have sent a 13 members mission to the country to attend a seminar on environmental issues in HCM City, which took place on October 13.
Henrik Mortensen, business development director of Solum Gruppen, said the Vietnamese industrial sector had been growing rapidly, discharging large volumes of waste.
This waste can be turned into a valuable resource if the country has modern treatment technology and equipment, Gruppen told the seminar, organised by the Danish embassy to build a link between Danish environment companies and their potential local partners.
Green City Denmark managing director Ole Mynster Herold said his company had been involved in about 15 projects in Vietnam but most of them were focused on environmental cleanup and wastewater treatment.
Like other Danish companies present at the seminar Green City wants to join garbage treatment projects, Herold said. Minister of Natural Resource and Environment Mai Ai Truc said that due to a low level of investment in the environment at the moment, the government was making policies designed to attract foreign capital, especially form countries world-renowned for environmental protection.
Danish ambassador Peter Lysholt Hansen said Vietnam was facing serious environmental challenges due to strong economic growth.
The country should find ways to ensure much-needed economic growth will not be at the expense of the environment in the broad sense of the term: waste problems, unsustainable energy consumption and depletion of natural resources.
Peter Lysholt Hansen took the occasion of the seminar of announce US$42 million in Danish aid for Vietnam in 2004–09 to treat garbage and solid waste in Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Ha Nam, Nghe An and Quang Nam provinces.
From 1997 to June 2004, Denmark provided US$55 million in aid for Vietnam to implement water environment and fish farm protection projects.