On 19 December 2019, H.E. Ann Måwe, Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam, released her speech on the circular economy.
The ambassador said in the statement: What is the circular economy? In reality, what does it look like? What does this mean for businesses, citizens and culture, and what are the perceptions of Sweden in this regard?
Vietnam produces nearly 35,000 tons of urban domestic waste and 34,000 tons of rural domestic waste on a daily basis with a population of 93 million people. 10,000 tons of solid waste is generated daily in the capital city of Hanoi alone. Burying waste in landfills is not only bad for the environment but also economically illogical. Recently, all landfills in major cities such as Hanoi and HCMC have faced the already excess waste handling capacity.
On 13 December 2019, I was delighted to be part of a TV roundtable hosted by Hanoi Television and address with Mr Björn Savlid, Head of Business Sweden in Vietnam, and Mr Anders Gustafssons, Marketing Director of TetraPak Vietnam, some of the most creative examples of circular economy in action today.
I joined hundreds of Vietnamese schools and TetraPak throughout the weekend in Hanoi piloted recycling events. In the first-ever large-scale program to segregate, collect and recycle used cartons in Hanoi, Tetra Pak has launched a partnership with 800 schools in Hanoi, 15 districts, Vinamilk, Dong Tien paper company, Lagom Company and NHC. The milk packages come from school kids who get them in the morning and afternoon every day and then learn how to recycle them and why this is important.
I was honoured to speak with Tetra Pak and its partners at this event. And visit the exhibition on the recycling process as well as speak with some teachers and local leaders on how this program is also used in education to address environmental issues, raise awareness among teachers and children, and also discuss what to do about it.
Greener means richer! That was the story of Sweden. Sweden is one of the leading waste management and recycling countries in the world.
First, in terms of sustainability policy, Sweden was an early bird, and the government made environmental research and development a top priority. Sweden became one of the world’s first nations to implement a carbon tax in 1995.