Within the framework of Vietnam Innovation Day 2010, Action for the City and Health Council of the
Vietnam Innovation Day (VID) is an annual activity since 2003, which is organized by World Bank, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, and Ho Chi Minh Youth Union of Vietnam. After seven years, VID is a playground of creativeness for enterprises, governmental and non-governmental organizations all over
Vietnam Innovation Day 2010 was started in January 2010 with the theme “Climate Change” attracting 252 projects. The final round was taken place in 5th and 6th of May 2010, with sixty-one projects chosen. VID 2010 is not only a contest, a fair where innovators show their competence, but also a forum that fosters knowledge sharing between organizations, agencies, and individuals who care about
The project of Thuong Dinh Women Union is one of the sixty one projects chosen for the final round. It targets households on Thang Long 1, a residential areas in Thuong Dinh with a big number of retired workers, low-income laborers living in cramped houses. Two-thirds of its households use stoves to cook. Due to a crowded population, low income and limited education level, most of Thang Long households still keep this cooking habit, using cheap and dirty coal. They have no awareness and information on any resources of cleaner coal that has much lower levels of emissions of carbon and other toxic gases.
The project aims to guide Thang Long residents on how to distinguish dirty coal and clean coal, to examine the emission level of coal they are using, to use stoves with better quality more effectively?, and where to purchase such coal and stove.
This is the fourth year Action for the City participates in the VID. The experiences gained from joining VID are very useful to Action for the City in designing, realizing and evaluating programs against climate change, towards a more sustainable lifestyle of all urban residents.