On March 17, 2021, in Hanoi, the EU – Vietnam Energy Facility (EVEF) and the Center for Regional and Urban Studies (CRUS) co-organized the kick-off workshop for the training course on strengthening the role of media to promote sustainable energy. This was held within the framework of the technical assistance facility under the sub-component 1B of the EVEF. 27 reporters and journalists from various press agencies in Vietnam have been selected for participation in these training courses 

It is anticipated that the 03 training courses on different aspects of energy journalisms, combined with field trips in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and Ninh Thuan will be explored through the duration of the project. In addition, 02 virtual workshops will take place with the aim of connecting Vietnamese journalists with international journalists to discuss challenges and opportunities in reporting on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Throughout the courses, reporters and journalists will jointly study and discuss on policytechnical and social issues of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vietnam. 

At the workshop, Mr. Sven Ernedal, Project Director of EVEF, said, “The EU – Viet Nam Energy Facility is pleased to cooperate with CRUS in implementing this meaningful activity for Vietnamese journalists. This training course, along with many other sustainable energy promotional activities that the EVEF project is carrying out, will help the renewable energy and energy efficiency theme reach a wider scope of audience from all social classesand raise community awareness as well as interest in the sector.” 

Mr. Pham Tran Hai affirmed, “The Center for Regional and Urban Studies (CRUS) hopes that these training courses will be a useful chance for journalists working in the energy sector, as well as other related ones to improve their awareness and capacity in innovative reporting techniques within the context of various renewable energy projects flourishing dramatically across the country.” 

Vietnam is one of the countries with a fast-paced renewable energy development in the world. The trend of renewable energy growth in Vietnam is gradually becoming stable after its explosive initial stage. However, the number of high-quality articles on renewable energy and sustainable energy development is still minimalwhich requires journalists to cultivate more specialized knowledge and skills. EVEF hopes that these media training courses will contribute to solving the issues in this field. 

CRUS has been selected to be EVEF’s partner thanks to its extensive experience in delivering training to journalists on climate change and sustainable energy. It has successfully organized a journalist competition called “Human and Climate Change” in 2019 with the more than 60 articles submitted. CRUS is also implementing the Saigon Energy Hub with the objective to disseminate accurate information on these issues to the general public.

EU – Viet Nam Energy Facility is a Joint Technical Cooperation Project that is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade.  

The aim of the Project is to contribute to the enhancing of governance of the energy sector with a view to facilitating the shift to a more sustainable energy development path in Viet Nam. The Project will also contribute to the implementation of the regulatory framework needed to achieve Viet Nam’s commitment to reduce its energy‐related green gas emission in the context of the Viet Nam’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 

For more information, please visit EVEF’s website at 

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