France continues assisting Hanoi in air quality monitoring
  • | VNS | July 17, 2019 10:40 AM
An air quality monitoring system placed at the Embassy of France in Hanoi – 57 Trần Hưng Đạo Street – started operation on Tuesday, raising the number of France-funded air quality monitoring systems in Hanoi to 11.

(From right to left) French Ambassador to Việt Nam Bertrand Lortholary, President of Ile-de-France Region Valerie Pecresse and Hà Nọi People's Commitee chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung inaugurated an air quality monitoring system at the Embassy of France in Hanoi on Tuesday. — VNS Photo Bích Hường

The system would provide data to the city’s air quality monitoring network, said French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary at the launch ceremony.

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He emphasised that climate change was among priorities of co-operation between the two governments of France and Vietnam and in particular, the France Embassy in Vietnam and Hanoi People’s Committee.

Valerie Pecresse, President of Ile-de-France region, said under the co-operation between the region and Hanoi over the last 30 years, air quality was always a key field.

Under a co-operation project worth 1 million euros funded by the region, Hanoi People’s Committee and the French Development Agency (AFD), dozens of such air quality monitoring systems were expected to be installed in Hanoi.

She said the systems with technology provided by the ENVEA Group were expected to identify current causes for air pollution in the city so local authorities could take proper actions.

Similar systems and technology from ENVEA were used in Paris too, she added.

In 2016, France helped Hanoi install ten air quality monitoring systems across the city including those at Hanoi Environmental Protection Agency and Hoà Bình Meteorological Centre.

This year and next year, Hanoi plans to install an additional 95 air quality monitoring stations. To deal with air pollution, the city also plans to plant 600,000 trees by 2020.

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