The governments of the US and Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a Low Emission Development Strategy in Hanoi on March 21.
Under the MoU, Vietnamese and US experts will work together to develop a national greenhouse gas inventory system, identify sources of emissions for analysis to encourage energy efficiency and production of renewable energy while optimizing agricultural forest production.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang said the MoU is an important official starting point marking the cooperation in environmental protection, especially climate change issues which are now a rising global concern.
He added that with the new strategy, the two countries will join international efforts to respond to climate change.
The US Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Robert Hormats, expressed his concern about the impact of climate change in Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta region, and challenges in energy development facing the country.