Hanoi plans to end use of beehive-shaped coal stoves (06:11 04/12/2019)

HNP - The Department of Natural Resource and Environment released Plan No. 11279/KH-STNMT-CCBVMT on December 2, rolling out Directive No. 15/CT-UBND dated October 30, 2019 of the Hanoi People’s Committee on stopping the use of beehive-shaped coal stoves, aiming to minimize negative impact on the environment in the city.

Accordingly, the Department will carry out communication campaigns on the environmental harm of using the coal stoves among local residents so as for them tochange cooking habit and stop the use of the stoves. 
Based on the outcomes of piloting the use of environmentally friendly stoves in Hoan Kiem District, the department will organize workshops to share experiences in ending the use of beehive-shaped charcoal brick stoves according to the schedule set forth in Directive No. 15/CT-UBND.
Furthermore, the department will work with the Department of Information and Communications to strengthen the communication work; sign cooperation programs with the city to disseminate the negative impacts of beehive-shaped coal stoves on the environment and public health among the locals. 
Additionally, the Department will draw up mechanisms and policies to encourage home businesses to use new kinds of stoves using clean fuel in residential areas. 
The Departments of Finance; Labour, Ward Invalids and Social Affairs; Industry and Trade will offer preferential policies for establishments producing, trading and distributing environmentally friendly stoves, aiming to stop the use of the coal stoves.
District/township People’s Committees will be guided to timely praise individuals and households, commune/township People’s Committees that positively join the effort.  
Besides, the Department will enhance inspection on compliance with environmental laws in establishments producing, trading and distributing beehive-shaped coal bricks, and handle violation cases as regulated. 
The Department will also instruct district/township People’s Committees to set up hotlines and smart applications to receive feedback from individuals and organizations when detecting the use of coal stoves.

By Tran Huong

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