World in Progress | 11.01.2009 | 09:30
Every Bit Helps: Biogas in Vietnam
Renewable Energies play an increasing role in Vietnam. A co-production of Voice of Vietnam and Deutsche Welle Radio
Vietnam is still considered a developing country, but the socialist republic is undergoing rapid change. Its 85 million people and rapidly growing industries require an increasing supply of energy. That also goes for remote places in the countryside. About three-quarters of Vietnam's population live off the land far away from the cities. Most of these country dwellers are poor, and many still have no access to gas or electricity. The government intends to extend the country's power grid by 2010. But that is expensive, and not all remote villages will benefit. For places that can’t be reached, renewable energy could become a real alternative. Biogas for instance has started to play an increasing role for farmers.
Report: Vu Lan Anh, Nguyen Thi Kim Chi and Silke Bartlick