Vietnam is pushing ahead of Southeast Asia in its drive for renewable energy

Vietnam is powering ahead of the rest of Southeast Asia as it pushes for greater reliance on renewable energy.

The region, long criticized for lagging behind in its efforts to adapt to more sustainable ways, is still heavily reliant on coal consumption. Vietnam, however, has bold ambitions to use more renewable energy such as wind and solar.

The country is aiming to boost its power output produced by renewable energy to about 23% by 2030, according to Andreas Cremer, director of energy and infrastructure for Europe, Middle East and Asia at German investment firm DEG.

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