However, the plan has been facing strong opposition not only from cement and steel manufacturers, but also from the experts. They have confirmed that the majority, hundreds of thousands of businesses in Vietnam, not only cement or steel producer, has been using outdated technology.
Nguyen Ba Vinh, Vice President and Secretary General of the Association of Science & Technology on savings and energy efficiency Vietnam, noted that if EVN wants to charge more on large energy consumers, it should focus on the paper industry, textile, food processing manufacturing and many other industries have been using outdated technology more than the production of cement or steel.
Dr. Duong Trung Kien from Electric Power University, some cement plants have been using similar technology in 1986. Mr. Vinh said that in some industries, technological backwardness of China from previous 1960 has been used. Mr. Vinh, who has visited many factories and enterprises, found that manufacturers now are still using the old technology can best be imagined. “I can not imagine that I drink beer made by a brewery with outdated technology like that. I could not believe I used a paper towel made at a factory with old machinery and rusty, “he said Vinh.
The latest report made by VCCI or VCEM all pointed out that the use of obsolete technology is pervasive in almost all businesses in Vietnam, while the advanced technology was only used in a certain industry. A recent survey by the Association of energy savings that Vietnam is one of the countries with low power consumption, but in countries with high levels of wasting electricity.
With outdated technology, now Vietnam with power consumption 1.5-1.7 times higher than other countries in the region. While automatic engine, with variable frequency, has become popular in the world, Vietnam still uses the older generation engines. Vinh believe a lot of measuring instruments are used are taken from the junk shop in the city of Hai Phong, Bac Ninh province. Meanwhile, if the enterprise technology innovation, they will be able to improve the production efficiency of 50 percent.
Mr. Vinh noted that the technology used in the enterprise with foreign investment is always better areas in Vietnam. It’s simply because businesses have invested abroad always strive for the lowest cost and highest profit possible. To do that, they understand that they need the best technology. While businesses have invested abroad always focus on energy savings, the Vietnam now proved indifferent to this problem.
According to the Office of saving energy, industrial production growth is one of the main reasons behind the sharp rise of energy consumption in Vietnam. Production of industrial and household use are two of the largest energy consumers in Vietnam consume 48 percent and 43 percent of total electricity consumption. Meanwhile, commercial buildings and public consumption of 9 percent.