USAID’s Advocacy Efforts Lead to Policy Adoption in Hanoi That Will Reduce Air Pollution

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Beehive stoves, which are popular in Vietnam, rely on coal and produce significant amounts of carbon monoxide, which can be toxic to human and animal health. It is estimated that Hanoi alone consumes approximately 528 tons of coal and produces 1,870 tons of carbon dioxide per day. USAID's Clean Air Green Cities activity has been working closely with the Hanoi Department of National Resources and Environment as well as urban districts to reduce the use of coal beehive stoves by mobilizing local partners to take collective action and advocate for clean air. Last year, USAID supported a pilot in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem locality to raise public awareness of the negative health impacts of air pollution from beehive stoves and persuaded the community to use gas stoves instead. Thanks to this successful pilot and advocacy efforts by USAID and other stakeholders, the Hanoi People’s Committee has officially issued a policy to eliminate coal beehive stoves in the city by 2021.

So What? According to Yale University’s 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) Report, Vietnam ranks 159/180 on air quality and 129/150 on environmental health. This new policy will help improve air quality in Hanoi. 

Last updated: February 18, 2020

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