Updated Vietnamese NDC under consultation

The Government of Viet Nam’s first comprehensive NDC review and update process, launched in mid 2017, is entering its final stages. Important elements of the first draft of the Technical Report on the updated NDC were introduced during a major stakeholder consultation workshop, which was held at the end of August 2018 and chaired by Le Cong Thanh, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE). The extensive process required to formulate the draft has involved multiple technical experts, seen the appointed NDC task force undertaking several writing retreats and drawn on the inputs provided during a range of prior consultation events.

Differently to the previous version of the NDC (NDC1), the proposed revision (NDC2) includes updates on the base year, the business-as-usual scenario, the conditional mitigation target and, alongside the sectors of agriculture, energy, waste, and land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), an additional fifth sector of industrial processes (IP). The main factors driving these changes are that the data basis is now more comprehensive than it was previously and that greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial processes sector are now to be included. In addition, relevant policies and plans that have been issued since NDC1 are now considered in the updated draft NDC, such as the revised power development plan, which is relevant for the energy scenarios.

During the stakeholder consultation workshop, line ministries, scientific bodies and civil society representatives provided useful constructive feedback. In his closing address, MONRE Vice Minister Le Cong Thanh therefore called on the task force to ensure the proper inclusion of this feedback in the final version of NDC2. MONRE intends to finalise the Technical Report by the end of this year for submission to the Government in the first quarter of 2019 and subsequently to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

GIZ’s Hanoi-based project "Creation of an Overarching Framework for NAMAs and MRV in Viet Nam", funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), closely supported the revision of the NDC’s mitigation component. In addition, it supported MONRE’s preparations for the establishment of a comprehensive monitoring and transparency framework. Although this project officially concluded in September 2018, the Government of Viet Nam will continue to receive support on its NDC review and update process from the Support to Viet Nam for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SIPA) project, which is also funded by the IKI.

For more information on the NDC review and update process, please read the following article on the launch of this process: https://www.transparency-partnership.net/news/underway-viet-nam-reviews-and-updates-its-ndc