Recent research commissioned by Shell Vietnam showed that meeting future energy needs is an important issue facing 7 out of 10# people in Vietnam. It is among the top 10 concerns in the minds of many Vietnamese, along with other issues such as employment and cost of living.
The research, called the “Future Energy Survey”*, was aimed at assessing the views of the Vietnamese public on the future of energy.
By 2030, it is estimated that the world will need 40 –50% more energy, water and food to keep up with rising demand, according to the United Nations and Shell Scenarios**. This could place significant stress on these vital resources, which comprise a tightly intertwined network: nearly all forms of energy production require water; energy is needed to move and treat water; and producing food requires both energy and water.
Many Vietnamese are increasingly aware of these issues and the role they can play in addressing it. For 8 out of 10# Vietnamese surveyed, water, food and energy shortages, as well as higher energy prices, were seen as having the greatest impact on Vietnam in the future.
Nguyen-Anh Tuyet, Shell Vietnam Country Chair commented: “Growing concerns about the world’s vital energy, water and food resources, and the impact of climate change, have driven many Vietnamese to think about the future of energy more seriously. To meet growing needs, the world will have to mobilise all forms of energy over the coming decades. But the challenge of ensuring sufficient supplies of energy, water and food is magnified by the linkages between them. These challenges will need to be addressed intelligently and in unison.“
The “Future Energy Survey” showed that Vietnamese most favoured a mix of sources to help meet future energy demand. Most preferred solar energy (72%)^ as the country’s energy source, followed by hydro energy (58%)^ and wind power (47%)^. Using biofuels was also viewed as being better for the environment and a means to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – considered very important to a vast majority of the Vietnamese community.
The survey also revealed that nearly two thirds of Vietnamese believe that the general public has a role to play in creating a better energy future. Many Vietnamese are already taking individual steps, such as using less energy (78%)^ and using energy saving products (74%)^. However, they view collaboration as the key to building future energy solutions, with government playing the most significant role.
“Strong, co-ordinated and proactive policies are essential to meeting the world’s rising energy needs and safeguarding the environment for future generations. Civil society can also play a decisive role in shaping the future of the global energy system. We – as industry, government and society – all have a responsibility to create a better energy future. Together, we can drive breakthroughs and new technologies that will diversify the world’s energy supply, increase the use of cleaner fuels and improve efficiency.” Mrs. Tuyet said.
- 7 in 10# rate future energy needs as important. The top issues include employment and cost of living.
- Climate change (33%) and environment (27%) are the most important factors driving the future energy concerns.
- At least 8 in 10# rate water, food and energy shortages as having the greatest impact on Vietnam in an energy constrained world.
- Solar energy (72%)^; hydro energy (58%)^ and wind power (47%)^ are the most desired sources to derive energy.
- 3 out of 5^ believe the general public in Vietnam has the biggest role to play in creating a better energy future.
- More than 8 in 10# think it’s important to reduce CO2 emissions.
- Most are undertaking multiple behaviours to reduce CO2 emissions. Biofuels are considered primarily because it is better for the environment and can reduce CO2 emissions.
- 41% believe collaboration is the foremost factor in building future energy solutions. Government (63%)^ has the biggest role in creating a better energy future, followed by Vietnam general public (59%)^ and industry (53%)^.
A full report of the “Future Energy Survey” results can be downloaded from Shell’s website.
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Notes to Editors:
*About the Survey
Shell commissioned Ipsos to conduct the “Future Energy Survey” throughout Vietnam which focused on where Vietnamese see their energy future. Approximately 600 participants were interviewed across four cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang and Can Tho.
About the Research Statistics:
# This percentage refers to an individual category rating of 8 or above out of 10 on importance.
^ This question was asked as a multiple response question, and accordingly responses will not total 100%.
**About Shell Scenarios:
Shell Scenarios ask “what if?” questions to explore alternative views of the future and create plausible stories around them. They consider long-term trends in economics, energy supply and demand, geopolitical shifts and social change, as well as the motivating factors that drive change. In doing so, they help build visions of the future. Shell’s latest New Lens Scenarios were published in 2013. For more information: www.shell.com/scenarios
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