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Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The city has taken innovative steps towards green and renewable energy. Can Tho has promoted the development of solar energy, rooftop solar power and waste-to-energy incineration. It is also exploring wind power and biomass power sources. The city’s goal is that their renewable energy supply will reach 4% in 2025.

Along with the shift to cleaner generation, Can Tho will promote energy-efficiency measures that are expected to save 422,000 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. Can Tho has implemented a program of preventing plastic waste and classifying solid waste by source, in domestic waste management. The city aims to work with a range of partners with the goal of saving over 770 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. And in 2022 the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment partnered with The Ocean Cleanup - to launch a solar-powered river cleaning system, called “The Interceptor 003”, which trawls for floating plastic waste on the Can Tho River and can pluck 50,000 kilos of trash out of this major waterway daily before it can get to the ocean. That’s a green solution to clean up the environment and protect the rivers!

Along with the shift to cleaner generation, Can Tho will promote energy-efficiency measures that are expected to save 422,000 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. Can Tho has implemented a program of preventing plastic waste and classifying solid waste by source, in domestic waste management. The city aims to work with a range of partners with the goal of saving over 770 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. And in 2022 the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment partnered with The Ocean Cleanup - to launch a solar-powered river cleaning system, called “The Interceptor 003”, which trawls for floating plastic waste on the Can Tho River and can pluck 50,000 kilos of trash out of this major waterway daily before it can get to the ocean. That’s a green solution to clean up the environment and protect the rivers!

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