Australia and Vietnam powering on with clean energy transition

Future of Electricity in Vietnam policy dialogue
Australian and Vietnamese officials at the first Future of Electricity - Vietnam policy dialogue in Hanoi on 5 June

The brightest energy transition brains in Australia and Vietnam have put their heads together under a new knowledge sharing partnership to enhance green energy production, secure energy supplies and meet net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Future of Electricity – Vietnam (FE-V) initiative, launched on 5 June by the Australian Government with support from the Central Economic Committee (CEC), will deepen links between both countries’ energy and climate institutions, and focus on enhancing knowledge and efficiency in electricity generation, fuels, grids, markets and consumption.

FE-V is a bridging step for Australia to build a longer term and trusted collaboration in the energy sector in the coming years. This event follows a successful visit by Australia’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Anthony Albanese, who announced a package of AUD 105 million to support Vietnam's sustainable economic growth, in which energy transition is a key area.

Opening the inaugural FE-V policy dialogue, Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Mr Andrew Goledzinowski, welcomed the cooperation. 

“Australia and Vietnam share challenges and aspirations for sustainable, secure and fair electricity services as a foundation for prosperity and economic growth,” Ambassador Goledzinowski said.

“We’re both hungry to accelerate energy transition – Australia aims to have more than 80% of its power through renewables by 2030 and we’re investing heavily to upgrade our grids and better coordinate market reforms across our jurisdictions,” he said.

“Meanwhile Vietnam has greenified it’s Power Development Plan 8 (PDP8) in line with COP26 commitments and is making it easier for the international community to support its transition.”

Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Mr Andrew Goledzinowski, delivered opening remarks

Like Australia, Vietnam has ambitious plans to reduce reliance on coal, with PDP8 aiming to phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2050 and turn to wind and solar energy. Ambassador Goledzinowski said Australia is on the same journey and has much to share with Vietnam.

“In the last quarter of 2022, renewables reached a record high share of Australia's total electricity generation, providing more than 40% of the electricity in the nation's main grid,” he said.

“Vietnam’s PDP8 is aiming for 75 per cent renewables and storage by 2050 – Australia stands ready to help Vietnam rapidly unlock its vast wind and solar potential.”

During the FE-V policy dialogue, four Vietnamese and Australian keynote speakers reflected on each country’s experience and context. Dr Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Institute of Energy's Power System Department, outlined PDP8, while Mr. Pham Quang Huy, Deputy Director General of the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam, explained the country’s power market structure and electricity demand trends.

 Mr Pham Quang Huy, Deputy Director General of ERAV, presents during FE-V

Two Australian experts - Dr Thomas Brinsmead from the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Professor Ken Baldwin from The Australian National University (ANU) - shared insights from Australia’s energy transition and market reforms.

Professor Ken Baldwin from The Australian National University (ANU) shared insights from Australia’s energy transition and market reforms

Three expert panels discussed power system reform, electricity markets, and the roles of the private sector and state-owned enterprises in Vietnam’s energy transition.

FE-V panel discussion on sharing experience and unlocking solutions to manage power systems under energy transition

The dialogue will be followed by a roundtable on 6 June, where Australian and Vietnamese government agencies and research institutions will discuss transforming power systems, electricity markets, and how the private sector and state-owned enterprises can better support Vietnam’s energy transition.

FE-V is led by the Australian Government and CEC, and implemented through Australia’s Partnerships for Infrastructure program, AMPERES, ANU and CSIRO.

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