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      Green transformations in Vietnam's energy sector

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          Vietnam has experienced rapid economic growth over the past few decades, as well as growing environmental pressures. The country is therefore pursuing strategies for green transformations, which are the processes of restructuring to bring economies and societies within the planetary boundaries. This article addresses the opportunities, barriers, and trade‐offs for green transformations in Vietnam's energy sector and examines them from an energy justice perspective. The article draws on in‐depths expert interviews with representatives from government agencies, private firms, academic institutions, and multilateral institutions in Vietnam. The article finds that Vietnam is undergoing efforts to move away from business as usual by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as aligning energy and climate plans with national development priorities such as energy security and economic growth. Yet there is a need for more coordinated, integrated approaches and policies that span across the 3 areas that address green transformations in Vietnam: green growth, sustainable development, and climate change. Finally, although key actors seem to be aware and may be critical of major trade‐offs such as land grabs for energy projects, the impacts on affected people need to be better understood and mitigated.

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                Contributors
                f.urban@soas.ac.uk
                Journal
                Asia Pac Policy Stud
                Asia Pac Policy Stud
                10.1002/(ISSN)2050-2680
                APP5
                Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                2050-2680
                09 August 2018
                September 2018
                : 5
                : 3 , The Pacific islands in the twenty‐first century ( doiID: 10.1002/app5.v5.3 )
                : 558-582
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Centre for Development, Environment and Policy CeDEP, SOAS University of London 36 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD UK
                [ 2 ] Institute of Political Science Technical University Darmstadt Dolivostraße15 Darmstadt 64293 Germany
                [ 3 ] Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences 1 Liễu Giai, Ba Đình Hà Nội Vietnam
                Author notes
                [* ] Correspondence

                Dr Frauke Urban, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy CeDEP, SOAS, University of London, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, UK.

                Email: f.urban@ 123456soas.ac.uk

                Article
                APP5251 APPS-2017-0085.R1
                10.1002/app5.251
                6473630
                © 2018 The Authors. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd and Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                Page count
                Figures: 6, Tables: 2, Pages: 25, Words: 8447
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                Funding
                Funded by: Wellcome Trust, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Volkswagen Foundation
                Award ID: 90809
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