return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Major causes of air pollution in HCMC, Hanoi determined

Gas emissions from vehicles, exhaust from factories and industries and air pollutants from construction sites were identified as the three main causes of the deteriorating air quality in HCMC and Hanoi at an urgent meeting on air pollution yesterday.

{keywords}
A view of an urgent meeting on air pollution, chaired by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha on December 19 in Hanoi – PHOTO: VNA


Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha chaired an urgent meeting on December 19 with leaders of the two cities and representatives of various ministries and departments to discuss issues surrounding the existing air pollution, including pollution levels, causes and solutions, reported Thanh Nien newspaper.

According to the minister, there is an excessive number of transport vehicles in both cities, while vehicle emission standards in Vietnam remain below global standards.

Motorcycles in the country are required to comply with Euro 2 emission standards only, and automobiles are subject to Euro 4 standards. Meanwhile, the global emission limits are at Euro 6.

Hanoi has roughly 5.8 million motorcycles and automobiles, while HCMC has some 7.5 million units. These figures exclude the millions of non-motorized vehicles that commute to and from the cities, bringing with them mud and earth. These transport activities have raised the volume of fine dust particles in the air.

Besides this, the two cities are home to many construction sites, with Hanoi in particular hosting over 1,000 sites. Dust and other air pollutants emitted from these sites have worsened air quality, explained the minister.

Further, air pollution also originates from the operations of factories and manufacturing facilities in the cities. In HCMC, for instance, there are almost 900 operational factories of every scale.

The minister added that poor air quality was also caused by farmers living in the suburbs who burn straw and agro byproducts after harvest seasons. Moreover, some 60,000 coal burning stoves remain in use by Hanoi residents, leaving an impact on air quality.

Reporters asked to leave soon after air-pollution meeting begins

During the urgent meeting hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on December 19 on air pollution in Vietnam, reporters were asked to leave 15 minutes into the event.

The meeting had been scheduled because air pollution in the two major cities of Hanoi and HCMC has reached alarming levels, leaving an impact on the health of local residents and triggering public concern, Minister Ha pointed out in his opening remarks.

Air pollution is an urgent and sensitive issue. The volume of fine dust particles has risen over the past five years and has directly affected residents’ health, he said.

Discussions at the event will focus on three main issues: the origin of the fine dust, the current air quality in the two cities and solutions, Ha added.

Because of the importance of the subject under discussion, scores of reporters attended the event, which was packed to capacity.

Minister Ha expressed surprise at the large number of reporters, suggesting that the media turnout would affect delegate sentiment during discussions, according to Thanh Nien newspaper.

As such, he asked the reporters to leave after the introduction ended, adding that a news release would be issued later.

Earlier, many news agencies had received invitation letters by email to join the meeting, so the minister’s request has provoked concern among many reporters. SGT
 

Hanoi chairman instructs drastic measures against air pollution

Hanoi chairman instructs drastic measures against air pollution

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has called for a range of measures to ease the current severe air pollution.  

EVN denies thermal power plants affect Hanoi air pollution

EVN denies thermal power plants affect Hanoi air pollution

Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) has denied the accusation that severe air pollution in Hanoi is mainly affected by its thermal power plants.  

MORE NEWS

Use of e-cigarettes by youth rockets with easy availability at shops

Many students and young people have been hospitalized in a deep coma after using e-cigarettes, which are easy to buy.

How will telecom carriers fare in a highly competitive market?

The traditional telecom market is getting saturated and facing upheavals, including a drop in revenue from traditional calls and SMS, a tighter management policy and changes in technology.

Number of international visitors to Vietnam sets 'record' after pandemic

Vietnam welcomed 2.95 million foreign visitors in January-November 2022, 21.1 times up year on year, but still down 81.9% compared with pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Su-30MK2, Mi helicopters rehearse in Hanoi

On December 2, Su-30MK2 fighters performed in a rehearsal to prepare for the upcoming Vietnam International Defense Exhibition 2022.

Vietnam sends condolences over passing of former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin

Vietnamese leaders on December 2 cabled messages of condolences to Chinese leaders over the death of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and former President of China Jiang Zemin.

Ministry proposes canceling funding plans over disbursement delays

Disbursements of public funds sourced from foreign loans in the year through November had moved at a snail’s pace, reaching only slightly more than 25% of the full-year plan.

Hanoi to pilot bike rental service in six urban districts

Hanoi has approved a year-long pilot bike rental service programme in Hoan Kiem, Tay Ho, Dong Da, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, and Thanh Xuan districts.

Weightlifters hope for Olympic qualification from world championship

It was scheduled to be held in Chongqing, China, but this changed in March due to COVID-19 measures in China. The new location was announced in April.

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet named best player of 2022 V.League 1

Striker Nguyen Van Quyet received a statue for the most valuable player of the 2022 V.League 1 season at a V.League Awards ceremony organised on December 1 in Hanoi.

Meteor shower to light up Vietnamese skies on December 13

Local sky gazers will have a rare opportunity to witness the peak of the Geminids meteor shower, with the astronomical event set to occur between midnight on December 13 and the morning of December 14.

Da Nang wins Best Vietnam Smart City Award for third time

The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022, the third time so far.

Newly-established, re-operating enterprises up over 33% in 11 months

Vietnam saw nearly 194,700 newly established and re-operating enterprises in the first 11 months of 2022, up 33.2% over the same period in 2021, a 1.3 times higher than the average rate in January – November period from 2017 - 2021.

Politburo members discuss review of resolution on HCM City development

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on December 2 chaired a Politburo meeting on a project to review the 10-year implementation of a resolution on the orientations and tasks for the development of HCMC until 2020 and 2030, with a vision to 2050.

Exporters face tax unless they cut greenhouse gas emissions

Exports to the EU market will become more expensive unless enterprises implement greenhouse gas emission cuts. This will affect the competitiveness of many Vietnamese export companies.

Some of the best fishing lakes in and around Hanoi

Here are some of the most popular fishing lakes near Hanoi. On weekends, the number of people flocking to commercial centres, pedestrian streets or entertainment areas in the inner city of Hanoi has increased.
back_to_top