In order to concretize the contents required and instructed at the Prime Minister’s Directive No. 03/CT-TTg dated 18th January 2021 on strengthening air pollution control assigned to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in coordination with the ministries, sectors and the People's Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities as well as assigned specific works to the units, on 17th March 2021, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment signed the Decision No. 461/QD-BTNMT on the Ministry's Plan on implementation of the Directive No. 03/CT-TTg.
Accordingly, the Minister suggested relevant units under the Ministry to proactively implement, ensure the quality and progress of the main contents: Organize the evaluation of the results from implementation of the Decision No. 985a/QD-TTg, propose a plan on air quality management in the period 2021 -2025; Strengthen the management and organization for implementation of air quality monitoring programs to ensure efficiency, strictly control quality in monitoring the air environment, publish monitoring results and promptly report air pollution to the community; Expeditiously develop and implement the investment and increase the capacity of air environment quality monitoring in accordance with the master plan on national environmental monitoring, ensure that by 2025, air quality developments in urban centers and regions must be controlled, warned and forecasted.
Along with that, review and complete the system of national environmental regulations and standards on gas emissions of industrial facilities, road motor vehicles circulating in Việt Nam, quality of the ambient air close to the standards of the advanced countries in the world; Review and report to the Prime Minister on the implementation of the roadmap for application of national technical standards and regulations on gas emissions of road motor vehicles circulating in Việt Nam; Develop and issue eco-label criteria and certification for environmentally friendly transport products, vehicles and services; Review legal regulations on air environment protection, complete according to its competence or propose to competent state agencies to complete legal regulations and policies on air pollution control. Also, coordinate with the Ministry of Finance to review and guide the implementation of incentive policies on environmental protection according to the provisions of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020; Promote information and propaganda on air quality and measures to prevent air pollution; Establish an interdisciplinary mission on air pollution control with focus on air pollution hotspots in the country; Synthesize and report the results from implementation of the Directive.
The Minister also assigned the Vietnam Environment Administration as the specialized unit to assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the line ministries, sectors, local authorities and units directly under the Ministry to organize the implementation of the plan contents. Prepare documents for the MONRE to request the Ministry of Transport to appoint a focal point to coordinate reviewing national technical standards and regulations on gas emissions of road motor vehicles, the roadmap for the application of the issued standards on gas emissions of motor vehicles to propose amendments, supplements and finalization and report to the Prime Minister for decision.
(Source: Vietnam Environment Administration Magazine, English Edition I - 2021)