Terminal evaluation of Application of Green Chemistry in Vietnam to support green growth and reduction in the use and release of POPs/harmful chemicals Project (00088146)

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2021
Completion Date:
10/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Terminal evaluation of Application of Green Chemistry in Vietnam to support green growth and reduction in the use and release of POPs/harmful chemicals Project (00088146)
Atlas Project Number: 00088146
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 10/2021
Planned End Date: 10/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Sustainable
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.4.1 Gender-responsive legal and regulatory frameworks, policies and institutions strengthened, and solutions adopted, to address conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources, in line with international conventions and national legislation
SDG Goal
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG Target
  • 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
  • 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: Project budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 13,300
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Anna Ortiz International Evaluator
Tran Hoang Yen National Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Application of Green Chemistry in Viet Nam to Support Green Growth and Reduction in the Use and Release of POPs Harmful Chemicals
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Persistent Organic Pollutants
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 9379
PIMS Number: 5723
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)
Countries: VIET NAM
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1: The COVID-19 restrictions may not be removed soon. When planning another project these should be taken into consideration within the timeframe and the possible activities to be undertaken. Unfortunately, this is a reality we must learn to live with in all aspects.

2

Recommendation 2: The Green Chemical Cell should continue working with the universities that have participated in the project. This will enhance the knowledge exchange that these experts can provide with respect to other GC applications.

3

Recommendation 3: Since the Law on Chemicals is under review, the MOIT and the MONRE should request to include monitoring and control responsibilities in the fulfillment of the application of GC principles in large and small companies so that they can exercise this function.

4

Recommendation 4: Gender equality and women’s empowerment should be enhanced with more of this type of projects that venture into areas that traditionally have not had female participation as a norm.

Management Response Documents
1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1: The COVID-19 restrictions may not be removed soon. When planning another project these should be taken into consideration within the timeframe and the possible activities to be undertaken. Unfortunately, this is a reality we must learn to live with in all aspects.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/11/18]

Fully Accepted.

Recent wave of COVID-19 starting from May/June 2021 has been the worst wave ever, and currently at the time of November 2021, Viet Nam decides to move on with a strategy of “live with the COVID”. Considering this, in planning for other projects, UNDP with government counterparts have taken into consideration of COVID-19 into all relevant parts at preparation and design.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include COVID-19 consideration into Project Document risk management of new chemical project “Reduce the Impact and Release of Mercury and POPs in Vietnam through Lifecycle Approach and Ecolabel”
[Added: 2021/11/18] [Last Updated: 2021/12/03]
UNDP 2021/12 Completed Evidence uploaded History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2: The Green Chemical Cell should continue working with the universities that have participated in the project. This will enhance the knowledge exchange that these experts can provide with respect to other GC applications.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/03]

Partially Accepted.

The Green Chemistry Cell has been established by Chemical Society of Vietnam (CSV) and located as an entity under CSV. Therefore CSV will continue to maintain the Cell after the Project finishes. The CSV and the Cell should continue working with different universities, not only the one participated with the Project. Vietnam Chemicals Agency and Chemical Society of Vietnam will ensure the workplan of CSV for the year of 2022 will be made available and promoting collaboration with universities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Workplan of Chemical Society of Vietnam or letter of intent between CSV and universities to include the collaboration to promote green chemistry in higher education.
[Added: 2021/12/03]
Vinachemia, CSV 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3: Since the Law on Chemicals is under review, the MOIT and the MONRE should request to include monitoring and control responsibilities in the fulfillment of the application of GC principles in large and small companies so that they can exercise this function.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/03]

Fully Accepted.

 

The Project supported Viet Nam Chemicals Agency to review the implementation of the Law on Chemicals 2007, and proposing changes and recommendations. Such these recommendations should include the proposal of green chemistry principles in the report, therefore Vinachemia can use and prepare for submitting to MOIT.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Propose to include green chemistry principles into the review and recommendation for Chemical Law revision report. The report is used to submit to Ministry of Industry and Trade during the kicked off process of Chemical Law revision.
[Added: 2021/12/03]
Vinachemia 2021/11 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4: Gender equality and women’s empowerment should be enhanced with more of this type of projects that venture into areas that traditionally have not had female participation as a norm.

Management Response: [Added: 2021/12/03]

Fully Accepted.

 

There has been some limitations to promote gender equality in chemical projects due to the nature of the sector and the view of the people toward the chemical and waste industries. This is fully acknowledged and should be reviewed carefully for next projects. A separate consultant on gender when designing next projects is preferred to strengthen gender equality and women empowerment.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop gender mainstreaming plan separately for the new chemical project, which is also funded by the GEF “Reduce the Impact and Release of Mercury and POPs in Vietnam through Lifecycle Approach and Ecolabel”
[Added: 2021/12/03]
UNDP 2021/11 Completed

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