Nhan Dan – Vietnam saved 546,000kWh of electricity, equivalent to VND712 million (US$34,176), by turning off all non-essential lights during the 2012 Earth Hour, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on March 31, according to the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN).
The campaign took place in 48 provinces and cities nationwide, receiving many strong commitments from the Government as well as businesses and individuals.
An art performance to celebrate Earth Hour was held under candlelight at the August Revolution Square in Hanoi by the Ministry of Trade and Industry last night.
The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Hanoi People’s Committee leaders, as well as representatives from the Danish embassy in Vietnam, the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) in Vietnam, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The 2012 Earth Hour campaign, with the theme ‘I Will If You Will’, aimed to raise public awareness of saving electricity and using power more efficiently, and encourage people to take action and commit to combating climate change.
Earth Hour was first launched in 2007 by the WWF, in Sydney, Australia with the participation of two million city residents who turned off their lights for one hour. Since then, more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit and participated in the event.
Last year, Vietnam saved 400,000kWh of power, equivalent to VND500 million (US$24,000), during Earth Hour.