Da Nang named green city

Da Nang city has been given the title of National Green City 2017-18 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge programme, making it onto a list of 21 cities from around the world.

Da Nang city has been given the title of National Green City 2017-18 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)’s One Planet City Challenge program, making it onto a list of 21 cities from around the world. Vice-Chairman of the municipal people’s committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, said the award was a tribute to the city’s endeavors over past decades to commit to sustainable development.  

Da Nang, along with other cities in Vietnam including Hue, Hoi An, and Dong Ha, entered the One Planet City Challenge program in 2017 to show how cities can become hubs for creativity, ambition and innovation in dealing with climate change.

The four cites qualified out of 132 metropolises from 23 countries, but Da Nang was finally selected for the award.

The central city had submitted a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2016, along with plans for solar power development, biofuel use, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes and wastewater treatment.

According to a WWF statement, cities generate 70 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, and the WWF’s One Planet City Challenge was a biennial competition that recognized and rewarded cities for developing infrastructure, housing, transport and mobility solutions to power the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

It said 50 percent of the global population lived in urban areas, and cities would be home to about 6 billion people by 2050.

Da Nang city is giving top priority to high-tech and clean technology investment projects to become a green city by 2025.

In 2012, Da Nang city was selected for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation project along with 20 low-carbon model cities with energy-efficient technologies, smart grids and renewable power generation.

The city had cut 12,000 tonnes of carbon emissions through a pilot project of low-carbon models including battery-powered bicycles, renewable energy, a metro system and BRT.

Da Nang city plans to build its first solar farm covering 6.7ha on the now-closed Khanh Son Landfill at a cost of 5 million USD, supplying 7.7 million kWh per year to the city’s power grid, and reducing nearly 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

The city has great renewable energy potential, with a 90km coastline, 2,000 hours of sunlight per year and an average wind speed of 3m per second.

According to the city’s Industry and Trade Department, around 30 percent of the city’s population were using solar power for water heaters, while around 20 five-star hotels and resorts were using solar power water heating systems.

The European Commission (EC) has also agreed to fund the city 415,000 USD to install solar equipment at health centers and schools, as well as research into solar technology capacity and management.

Da Nang city has also been operating 20 battery-powered cars to serve tourists on the Son Tra Peninsula since 2012. Japanese Mitsubishi plans to cooperate with Da Nang City in the production of battery-powered cars in the near future.

In 2016, the WWF recognized Hue city as Vietnam’s National Earth Hour Capital 2016 as part of the highly selective global Earth Hour City Challenge. The One Planet City Challenge was designed by the WWF to mobilize action and support from cities in global climate efforts, including the goals now set forth by the Paris Agreement. About 400 cities in the world have joined the program since 2011.

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SOURCE: VNA

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Da Nang summer travel programme

A series of 23 exciting events under the 2018 Da Nang Summer Destination programme, taking place from June 16 to 20, promises to give visitors a new and interesting experience in the coastal city this summer.

TA series of 23 exciting events under the 2018 Da Nang Summer Destination programme, taking place from June 16 to 20, promises to give visitors a new and interesting experience in the coastal city this summer.  

The Da Nang municipal Tourism Department announced the agenda for the annual summer travel stimulus programme on Thursday, aimed at attracting tourists to Da Nang. Accordingly, the opening ceremony for the 2018 Da Nang Summer Destination will take place at Bien Dong (East Sea) Park on June 16, featuring a series of attractive art performances in parallel with music programmes, street festivals, and cuisine events.

A yoga festival will also be held on Da Nang’s beaches, offering visitors the chance to practice yoga with professional instructors. Cinema shows at sea will feature a series of free films on the theme of Viet Nam and its tourism, including the Kong: Skull Island, a critical and commercial success which was filmed at various locations around Viet Nam.

Both visitors and Da Nang locals will have the chance to enjoy activities throughout the programme, such as decorating and arranging coracles, joining coracle racing and singing.

A new feature for this year’s event is “awakening” the tourism potential of the beach along Nguyen Tat Thanh Street with many meaningful activities, such as a festival exchanging garbage for notebooks, Bai Choi folk singing, and cultural exchange programmes.

According to Ngo Quang Vinh, Head of Da Nang Tourism Department, this is the first time the department has coordinated with local businesses and tour operators to promote Da Nang’s tourism products.

The 2018 summer holiday festival with its many innovations will contribute to the creation of recreational activities serving tourists and promote marine tourism products in Da Nang, helping turn it into a city of events and festivals, Vinh added.

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