On November 15, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in collaboration with the US Diplomatic Mission to Vietnam, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launched the Pollution Reduction Project. . The five-year project with an estimated budget of $11.3 million is implemented by USAID’s partner Winrock International in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment

As one of the core Organizations participating in the Pollution Reduction Project, GreenHub cooperates with E-Policy Consulting Co., Ltd. to implement one of the project’s seven initiatives. The objective of the initiative is to assist in strengthening the enforcement of the Expanded Manufacturer Responsibility system for plastic packaging waste through the multi-stakeholder dialogue mechanism of the National Working Group and the models pilot towards economic, social and environmental success.

Expected output of P3CR:

(1) Capacity building for the EPR National Working Group to strengthen its capacity and improve the way it operates in order to maximize its effectiveness;

(2) Increase the feasibility of EPR regulations, transparently and publicly implement them through the support of social and environmental organisations, and provide feedback for policy development;

(3) Implementation of the EPR policy is made more practical through the proven results of the plastic recycling pilot model in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi;

(4) Local community groups develop and implement citizen science programs to support, monitor and report on the results of EPR implementation and plastic waste management by the private sector, the public and the NGO.

It is expected that there will be 50 key officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and People’s Committees at all levels; 110 enterprises; 10 Universities and Research Institutes; 200 members of the City/ District Women’s Union; 10 non-profit organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs); and 10,000 citizens/ consumers/ community members will benefit from the initiative.