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Thi Tran Nguyen Binh, Vietnam

Van Lang Private University is one of the first private universities in Vietnam under the administration of the Ministry of Education of Vietnam. The university is located in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Van Lang University was established in 1995. It was named after the ancient Vietnamese kingdom of Văn Lang. Wikipedia.

Anh P.T.,Wageningen University | My Dieu T.T.,Van Lang University | Mol A.P.J.,Wageningen University | Kroeze C.,Wageningen University | Bush S.R.,Wageningen University
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2011

The concept of industrial ecology has been applied in this research to study possibilities to develop an eco-industrial cluster model for fishery production industry in Vietnam. By learning from experiments of other developed countries, we apply the principles of Industrial Ecology and of Ecological Modernization in the context of Vietnam. We design a physical-technological conceptual model for minimizing waste in agro-industries, with a case study of frozen shrimp production. The results indicate that it is possible and feasible to develop an eco-industrial cluster including aquaculture, fishery processing companies, by-product plants, and wastewater treatment units. By doing so, aquaculture and industry can cooperate for environmentally sound development. Actors and institutions that may govern the proposed eco-industrial cluster of shrimp processing industry are also analysed in this paper. The economic feasibility of the designed eco-agro industrial cluster for fish production in Vietnam depends on the energy savings and effective revenues gained from selling the produced valuable materials, such as Chitosan and animal feed. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Trang T.T.,Asian Institute of Technology | Trang T.T.,Van Lang University | Van H.H.,Asian Institute of Technology | Oanh N.T.K.,Asian Institute of Technology
Carbon Management | Year: 2015

Traffic emission contributes significantly to air pollution in Hanoi. This study estimated emissions from passenger fleets of cars, taxis and buses in Hanoi in 2010 using International Vehicle Emission (IVE) model for 14 species of air pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs). Surveys were conducted to gather information on fleet technology distribution and driving activities. Results showed that the 2010 annual emission from three fleets for CO, volatile organic compounds (VOC), NOx, SOx and particulate matter (PM) were 39.5, 5.9, 3.8, 0.6 and 0.22 Gg, respectively. Gasoline-fueled taxis and cars had the major shares of CO and VOC, while diesel-fueled buses contributed mainly to PM and black carbon (BC) emissions. If all vehicles of three fleets conformed to Euro3 and Euro4, air pollution emissions would collectively reduce by 85 and 88%, respectively. Concurrently, emissions of climate forcing agents, both GHGs and short-lived climate pollutants, in CO2 eq. would reduce by 28 and 12%, respectively. Incorporation of emission from motorcycles (MC), vans and trucks showed that MC contributed the highest shares in total emission of every species, from 36% for CO2 to above 90% for air toxics. The MC fleet should be prioritized for traffic emission control. Faster Euro technology intrusion in Hanoi would bring in significant co-benefits. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Bosma R.,Wageningen University | Anh P.T.,Van Lang University | Potting J.,Wageningen University
International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment | Year: 2011

Purpose: Intensive striped catfish production in the Mekong Delta has, in recent years, raised environmental concerns. We conducted a stakeholder-based screening life cycle assessment (LCA) of the intensive farming system to determine the critical environmental impact and their causative processes in producing striped catfish. Additional to the LCA, we assessed water use and flooding hazards in the Mekong Delta. Materials and methods: The goal and scope of the LCA were defined in a stakeholder workshop. It was decided there to include all processes up to the exit-gate of the fish farm in the inventory and to focus life cycle impact assessment on global warming, acidification, eutrophication, human toxicity, and marine (MAET) and freshwater aquatic ecotoxicity (FWET). A survey was used to collect primary inventory data from 28 farms on fish grow-out, and from seven feed mills. Hatching and nursing of striped catfish fingerlings were not included in the assessment due to limited data availability and low estimated impact. Average feed composition for all farms had to be applied due to limitation of budget and data availability. Results and discussion: Feed ingredient production, transport and milling dominated most of the impact categories in the LCA except for eutrophication and FWET. Most feed ingredients were produced outside Vietnam, and the impact of transport was important. Because of the screening character of this LCA, generic instead of specific inventory data were used for modelling feed ingredient production. However, the use of generic data is unlikely to have affected the main findings, given the dominance of feed production in all impact categories. Of the feed ingredients, rice bran contributed the most to global warming and acidification, while wheat bran contributed the most to eutrophication. The dominance of both was mainly due to the amounts used. Fishmeal production, transport and energy contributed the most to MAET. The biggest impacts of grow-out farming in Vietnam are on eutrophication and FWET. Water nutrient discharge from grow-out farming was high but negligible compared with the natural nutrient content of the Mekong River. The discharge from all grow-out farms together hardly modified river water quality compared with that before sector expansion. Conclusions: Feed production, i.e. ingredient production and transport and milling, remains the main contributor to most impact categories. It contributes indirectly to eutrophication and FWET through the pond effluents. The environmental impact of Pangasius grow-out farming can be reduced by effectively managing sludge and by using feeds with lower feed conversion ratio and lower content of fishery products in the feed. To consider farm variability, a next LCA of aquaculture should enlist closer collaboration from several feed-milling companies and sample farms using their feeds. Future LCAs should also preferably collect specific instead of generic inventory data for feed ingredient production, and include biodiversity and primary production as impact categories. © The Author(s) 2011.

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