At the workshop with the topic: "Solving the issue of air quality crisis: From the United States to Việt Nam" in Hà Nội on January 25th, the US Ambassador to Việt Nam Kritenbrink pledged to assist Việt Nam to resolve the issue.
At the workshop, Ambassador Kritenbrink said Vietnam's air quality index is often at an unhealthy level and this is a worrying issue. Pollution in Hà Nội is particularly severe in the winter, with wind, weather, burning waste or straw, emissions from vehicles and electricity generation. The US has a lot of experience in dealing with air pollution for decades and wishes to share that with Việt Nam. The US delegation has set up air quality monitoring systems in Hà Nội and Hồ Chí Minh City, to provide air quality indicators for American employees and citizens in Việt Nam as well as everyone who cared.
"We are one of the first agencies to publish air quality data online for Việt Nam. We are interested in sharing our experiences, while working with Việt Nam so we can have a clean air", said Mr. Kritenbrink. According to the Ambassador Kritenbrink, to solve the air pollution problem, the Vietnamese Government needs to invest more in environmental monitoring and enforcement of regulations, treat waste properly, and replace fossil energy with clean energy sources.
Ms. Brittany Thomas, representative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), also shared many of the organization's activities with the US Government to help Việt Nam deal with air pollution, such as the Clean Air Green City (CAGC) or the US$ 11.3 million project on action to reduce pollution.
(Source: Vietnam Environment Administration Magazine, English Edition I-2021)