Green Services Office:
P105, Office Building of Agriculture Ministry, 6 Nguyen Cong Tru str., Hai Ba Trung dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 (24) 6680 3377
Ms. Ha: +84 79 919 7177
I. Confirmative energy label
1. Understanding the Label: Confirmative energy label is the label showing the energy saving symbol (also known as Viet Energy Star) affixed to means, equipment circulating in the market as these means and equipment have the level of energy efficiency meeting or exceeding the high energy performance (HEP) prescribed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade for each period.
2. The color and size of confirmative energy label are specified as follows:
II. Comparative energy label
1. Understanding the label: the label affixed to means and equipment circulating in the market which have different energy performance levels corresponding with five levels of energy performance (one star to five stars; five-star label shows the best energy performance) to provide consumers with information on the energy performance of one mean or equipment compared to other means or equipment of the same type in the market, helping consumers choose means and equipment with lower energy consumption.
The images of comparative energy labels shown below correspond to five levels of energy performance as prescribed (by the number of stars on the label):
2. The color and size of comparative energy label are specified as follows
3. Information which must be shown on the label
Comparative energy label must contain at least the following information:
a) Certification Code: A code issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to serve the management, specified in the Certificate of energy saving product.
b) Name/code of product: The code or name of the product registered by the business and issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Certificate of energy saving product
c) Manufacturer: The name of the organization / enterprise producing the product and registering for energy labeling
d) Importer: The name of the organization / enterprise importing the energy labeled product (this information only applies to importers)
e) The part showing energy efficiency parameters (energy performance level): The amount of energy consumed in one operation hour of products of the same category but produced by different manufacturers is divided into 5 levels corresponding with the number of stars on the label (from one star to five stars). The energy efficiency level (energy performance level) is determined by the Ministry of Industry and Trade through evaluating the testing results of energy efficiency of the product shown in the Certificate of energy saving product.
f) Energy consumption level of the product: the energy consumption level is calculated in kWh per year.
g) Other Information: defined in detail in the Decision on granting the certificate appropriate for each specific product.
Cleaner production is different from end-of-pipe treatment, i.e. treatment of air emissions, wastewater and solid waste. With end-of-pipe treatment you reduce the pollution load, but you do not recover the lost raw materials. Therefore, end-of-pipe treatment is always expenditure, whereas cleaner production brings economic benefit in addition to the reduced pollution load. Cleaner production is the same as waste minimisation and pollution prevention. Cleaner production is also a useful step towards environmental management, e.g. ISO 14001
Cleaner production is relevant to all industries, whether they are small or big, or they have a low or high consumption of raw materials, energy, and water. For far the most companies, there is a potential of reducing the resource consumption with 10-15%!
Cleaner enterprises are better enterprises
Why? Because cleaner enterprises have minimised their losses of raw materials and products, thus giving them a higher production yield and an overall better economy and competitiveness.
Benefits of Cleaner Production
Less use of raw materials and energy
Increasing consumer awareness of environmental issues has led to a spurt in demand of green products in the international market. Consequently, if you put in conscious efforts towards cleaner production, you open up new market opportunities and produce better quality products, saleable at a higher price.
Better access to finances
Investment proposals based on cleaner production contain detailed information on the economic, technical and environmental feasibility of the planned investment. This gives a very solid basis for achieving financial support from banks or environmental funds.
On the international market, financial institutions are awakening to the problems of environmental degradation, and are now scrutinising applications for loans from an environmental angle.
Better image of your company
Cleaner production reflects and improves the overall image of your company. Needless to mention, a company with a green image has a better acceptance both by the society as well as the regulatory authorities.
Cleaner production will make it much easier to implement an environmental management system such as ISO 14000. This is because most of the initial work already has been carried out through the cleaner production assessment. An ISO 14000 certificate can be a market opener, giving better access to export markets. Having made a cleaner production assessment will maker it much easier to implement an environmental management system as ISO 14001.
Better working environment
Apart from improving the economical and environmental performance, cleaner production can also improve the occupational health and safety conditions for the employees.
Favourable working conditions can boost the morale of staff and at the same time foster a concern for controlling waste. Such actions will help your company gain a competitive edge.
Better compliance with environmental regulations
Meeting the regulatory standards for discharge of wastes (liquid, solid or gaseous) requires often installation of expensive and complex pollution control systems like wastewater treatment plants.
With cleaner production the treatment of residual effluents normally becomes easier and cheaper. This is because cleaner production leads to an all round reduction in wastes: volume-wise; load-wise; and even toxicity-wise!