Launching of Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam
|Participants at the launch of Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam. (Photo: Australian Embassy in Vietnam)|
The soft launch today, June 23, was joined by research institutes, universities, non-government organizations and businesses from both Vietnam and Australia.
The Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam is an initiative of the Aus4Innovation Program, an official development assistance program sponsored by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, managed and co-funded by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, out of the Australian Embassy in Hanoi, and delivered in strategic partnership with Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam (the Hub Vietnam) is part of CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission, which has a goal of 80 per cent reduction in plastic entering our environment by 2030.
The Hub Vietnam will be a vehicle for collaboration, bringing together local communities and governments, businesses, and investors to undertake action-based projects to reduce the impact of plastic waste. It expands the network in the region, following the launch of a Plastic Innovation Hub in Indonesia in March 2022.
Research into plastic in Vietnam has already been undertaken as part of CSIRO’s largest global plastic pollution survey. The goal of this work has been to identify how much and what types of rubbish end up in the environment.
Additional work between Australia and Vietnam is also planned for the coming months, as Vietnam looks to develop a national data repository and expand on-the-ground surveys.