Vietnam aims for sustainable electronics industry

(VOV) -An international seminar was held in Hanoi on July 14 to discuss environmentally friendly smart steps to sustainability for the electronics industry in Vietnam.

In a keynote address, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen stressed that in recent years, Vietnam’s information technology (IT) industry has seen tremendous growth.

The total revenue in the industry exploded by 86.3% to US$25.5 billion in 2012, he said, adding that the trend is continuing.

The IT industry’s gross exports hit a record high of US$20 billion in 2012, up 82% from a year earlier, and accounted for 17.5% of the country’s total exports for the year.

However, Minister Tuyen cautioned that environmental pollution caused by production activities in the industry is posing great challenges to the environment and the nation’s health.

Other participants at the seminar in turn shared their experiences in electronic waste collection, management and treatment, as well as global environment protection.

There was general consensus that electronic waste treatment in Vietnam is a national concern and that installing state-of-the-art recycling technologies needs to be stepped up.