Vietnam targeting carbon emission neutrality by 2050, minister says

Vietnam is targeting carbon emission neutrality by 2050, the country’s industry and trade minister said on Monday, joining scores of countries that have pledged to halt emissions by mid-century or thereabouts in order to stop global warming.

Nguyen Hong Dien, speaking at a roundtable on the sidelines of a UN climate conference in Glasgow, said Vietnam will embark on a roadmap to reduce coal-fired power generation.

Instead the country aimed to double the installed wind and solar power generation capacity to 31-38 gigawatts by 2030, he said.

World leaders are gathering in Glasgow to take steps to cap global warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels – a level scientists say would avoid its most destructive consequences.

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Editing by Martin Petty and Sanjeev Miglani