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On April 10th local time, a seminar titled “Policy on Developing Zero-Emission Vehicles: International Experience for Vietnam” was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This event aimed to facilitate the successful implementation of the zero-emission vehicle development research project jointly conducted by iCET and Fulbright University Vietnam. Dr. Feng An, the founder and executive director of the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), delivered a speech titled “Learnings from Global Advanced ZEV Programs.”

As a rapidly developing country with a growing population and economy, Vietnam faces increasing urbanization, traffic congestion, and a surge in private car ownership, all of which contribute to worsening air pollution. In response, Vietnam has set ambitious goals to tackle climate change. The seminar focused on international experiences and policies related to the development of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). It aimed to share and discuss global best practices in ZEV policy-making and the prerequisites for successfully implementing these policies in Vietnam, thereby aiding the country in devising effective measures to fulfill its commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The seminar brought together representatives from universities, businesses, think tanks, and financial institutions, creating a platform for exchanging ideas and sharing insights. Participants discussed policy frameworks, technological advancements, and business opportunities related to zero-emission vehicles, exploring sustainable transportation solutions applicable to Vietnam.

At the seminar reviewed the current global status of electric vehicle development and shared insights from China’s experience in promoting EVs. He analyzed global sales trends of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and compared various countries’ ZEV commitments and automakers’ electrification targets. Dr. An emphasized that the advancement of electric vehicles has become a global consensus and a future trend. Additionally, he outlined the four stages of ZEV development in China, highlighting China’s leading position in ZEV sales and its role as a model for global transportation energy transition and environmental sustainability. He concluded by proposing locally tailored strategies and pathways for ZEV development in Vietnam, encouraging the country to leverage the potential of ZEVs to build a greener and more sustainable future.

Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh, Dr. Pham Van Dai, and Dr. Ha Quang Hung from the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management at Fulbright University Vietnam; Dr. Vu Anh Tuan from the Vietnamese-German University; Shunsuke Nakai from the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank; and Le Ngoc Anh Minh from Pacific Group Ltd. each presented and discussed the background and current status of ZEV policies in Vietnam, the financial market for electric vehicles, and the progress of Vietnam’s hydrogen transportation projects.

The attendees expressed hope that the joint Vietnam ZEV policy research project by iCET and Fulbright University Vietnam would provide robust recommendations and support for Vietnam to formulate ZEV policies that align with its needs and development stage. This initiative is expected to drive Vietnam’s transportation energy transition and environmental sustainability while serving as a successful example of international cooperation and innovation for the global community.

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