Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction plans to propose to the Prime Minister a suspension in the licensing of new cement production projects to limit the sector’s overheated development, and unnecessary waste of energy.
Vu Quang Diem, Deputy Director of the Ministry’s Building Materials Department, said in terms of the building materials production sector, the cement sector was the most energy-inefficient.
For each million tonnes of cement produced, the power sector had to supply 90-95m kWh, Diem said.
The rapid growth of the building materials production industry, including the cement sector, had put pressure on infrastructure, especially the power sector, Diem said.
The most worrying problem was the number of new cement projects, many of which were inefficient and used out-of-date technology, would continue to rapidly increase if management was not tightened, he said.
The boom would lead to a waste of energy and harm the environment, he added.
The Department was developing a plan for cement sector development until 2015, with an orientation to 2025 to submit to the Government.
The ministry proposed a suspension of investment in 13 projects which had been approved in Prime Minister’s Decision 108/2005/QD-TTg issued in 2005, but had not been carried out or would be harmful to the environment if continued.