The Lao Brewery company ( LBC ) has signed an agreement on a Clean Development Mechanism ( CDM ) emission reductions purchase project with Japanese company Proact International.
Preparations and study on the project have been ongoing since 2003 with supervision from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce's Energy Department and the Lao Water Resource and Environment Authority.
The CDM scheme allows emission reduction projects in developing countries to generate certified emission reduction credits.These can then be traded, sold and used by industrialised countries to meet parts of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.
LBC Managing Director, Mr Kissana Vongsay said the company had made system improvements and sought ways to reduce fuel and energy consumption.
LBC hopes it can have a positive impact on the environment by making these changes and help to mitigate global warming.
Japanese Ambassador to Lao PDR, Mr Masaaki Miyashita, said the Japanese government highly valued the project.
" The project will make significant contributions in overcoming such global issues as climate change and environmental problems as the Kyoto Protocol stipulates," he said.
" It is hoped this project will play a leading role for more CDM project to be developed in Lao PDR in the future."
He said the project would be a good example of transferring advanced Japanese energy-saving technology into the industrial sector of Laos.He said the project was a very important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Japan is addressing climate change in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol and the outcomes of G8 summit held in Japan last month.
Proact International Managing Director, Mr Katsuhiko Otaki, also gave a speech before signing the agreement. He said Laos had shown its commitment for tackling global warming and LBC was being a pioneer by building an efficient brewery with advanced technology.
The agreement was signed at LBC's Vientiane headquarters on Friday by LBC Managing Director, Mr Kissana Vongsay, Proact International Managing Ditector, Mr Katsuhiko Otaki, Japan Ambassador to Lao PDR , Mr Masaaki Miyashita and Water Resource and Environment Department Director Dr Viengsavanh Douangsavanh.
Beerlao first exported to Japan in 1998 through one sale agent. LBC now has two sale agents in Japan.
Climate change is a global issue which needs a global response.
This was the message conveyed to journalists from nine Southeast Asian countries who attended a climate change reporting workshop in Manila, Philippines from August 12 to 13.
Participants came from Laos, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China,Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
They attended lectures by international speakers about the climate system, climate change scenarios ( concerns and challenges for Southeast Asia ),its possible impact ( including natural disasters ), climate change adaptation and reporting the issue.
Guest speaker, Internews Earth Journalism Network Executive Director, Mr James Fahn, said it was essential for journalists to ensure they understood all of the words used in discussions about climate change.
" Media should ask questions to make sure they understand scientific jargon and technical terms and then explain these terms to the public to make it easier for them to understand, " he said.
Mr James Fahn also spoke about ways journalists could localise global issues and explain to their audiences how they would be affected by climate change in their own countries.
Another speaker was the Asian Development Bank Regional and Sustainable Development Department's Director of Energy, Transport and Water Division, Mr Woo Chong Um.
" Climate change mitigation has to be very much a part of development programme, " he said.
" Energy, Water, Transport, urban development and agriculture projects all relate to climate change and these environmental aspects should be considered as part of a government's agenda for development, he said.
" According to Mr Woo Chong Um's presentation at the workshop, actions to mitigate climate change include promoting the transition to low-carbon economies through energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources.It also involves promoting sustainable transport systems, improving urban sanitation, reducing landfill and using land sustainably.
Mr Woo Chong Um is part of a term working on the Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric project in Lao PDR.He said the project had considered issues of climate change and had an effective management plan to mitigate the project's environmental impact.
The workshop aimed to improve media coverage of climate change issues and to foster greater collaboration between journalists and climate change experts.
The workshop was organised by the Philippines Science Journalists Association and sponsored by the International Development Research Center ( IDRC ).
Thank you very much for the invitation. Please be informed that there are lot of interesting issues in your country about energy and waste management more especially when it comes to the protection of the environemnt involving local communities and industry. Look forward to engaging you on this. It was a great pleasure to meet you in Melbourne. Thank you once again for the interesting conversation we had.