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The pioneer in the fight against climate change



A solar power system to produce clean energy. Photo courtesy of Unilever

HÀ NỘI — As climate change poses real threats to the global ecosystem as well as socioeconomic sustainability, Unilever Vietnam has set out a range of targets and courses of action to take the lead in the fight against climate change.

One of the main causes of climate change is carbon emissions from manufacturing and business activities, resulting in the greenhouse effect which leads to a rise in the Earth’s temperature.

As a pioneer in sustainable development, Unilever Vietnam aims to reduce operational emissions in absolute terms (Scope 1 & 2) by 70 per cent, against the 2015 baseline, by 2025 and 100 per cent by 2030. In long term, the company heads to the Carbon Net Zero Value Chain (Scope 1, 2 and 3) by 2039.

To that end, the company has begun to leverage innovation and technology, switching from fossil to renewable and clean energy through the substitution of biomass fuel and solar power. Notably, all damaged pallets, shredded paper and rice husks are recycled into clean biomass wood pellets for boiler use, replacing diesel fuel.

Additionally, the company has added the IREC-certificate to all power sources in Unilever’s factories and officers, indicating that carbon emissions from electricity-consumed activities are carbon-positive. It has also replaced old cooling systems in the factories with the ones that use solvents that don’t harm the ozone layer.

With such great efforts, Unilever Vietnam has reached the goal of net-zero carbon emissions nine years ahead of target. It has managed to reduce nearly 9,700 tonnes of CO2 per year and become a pioneer in the transition from diesel oil to biomass fuel.

“More than 75 per cent of the carbon footprint in Unilever Vietnam’s supply chain derives from input materials and outsourced activities. Therefore, achieving the net-zero carbon emissions target requires working together. In fact, there are solutions that cannot be implemented by one business or organisation alone, but cooperation can. This is also the message that we want to convey to our partners and solution providers and call for your participation”, said Pham Manh Tri, Supply Chain Vice President of Unilever Vietnam.

Specifically, the company held a ceremony on May 25 signing the memorandum of understanding cementing cooperation with many big names, including Crown, Linfox and Vinfast, in developing and implementing solutions to technology-based greenhouse gas emissions.

The cooperation is expected to allow the company to achieve the net-zero targets by 2039 and contribute to the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping the rise in global temperatures well below 1.5 Celsius degrees. —



Vietnamese spends $1.1 billion on food delivery apps

In Vietnam, overall spending on food delivery services reached $1.1 billion in 2022. As of now, the most popular services are Grab and ShopeeFood.



According to Momentum Works, Southeast Asian nations’ total expenditure (GMV) on food delivery services in 2022 reached $16.3 billion, up 5% following two years of a delivery boom due to Covid-19.

For the first time in three years, growth in the area was mostly driven by small-scale markets such as the Philippines (up $0.8 billion), Malaysia (up $0.6 billion), and Vietnam (up $0.3 billion).

As Covid-19 became an endemic illness and economies reopened, GMV in bigger markets such as Singapore (down $0.4 billion), Thailand (down $0.4 billion), and Indonesia (down $0.1 billion) dropped.

Grab and ShopeeFood are the two most popular applications in Vietnam, with 45% and 41% of the GMV market share, respectively. The remainder is split between Baemin (12%) and Gojek (2%).

As of the end of 2022 in Southeast Asia, Grab’s GMV is estimated to reach $8.8 billion, accounting for 54% of overall GMV in the area and rising by 16% year on year.

Foodpanda is estimated to contribute $3.1 billion, accounting for 19% of the region’s GMV and reflecting a 9% decrease; Gojek and ShopeeFood still maintain the same GMV level in 2021, reaching $2 billion and $0.9 billion respectively.

Source: ZingNews


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Apple to begin producing MacBooks in Vietnam by the mid-2023: Nikkei Asia

The American tech giant Apple plans to shift some MacBook manufacturers to Vietnam for the first time in 2023 as tensions between Washington and Beijing over technology continue to rise.



According to Nikkei Asia, Apple has contracted with Taiwan’s Foxconn to begin producing MacBooks in the country of Southeast Asia in May 2022.

For all of its key product lines, Apple has been seeking to build production facilities outside of China. Still, the final one, the MacBook, it has taken longer due to the intricate supply chain required for producing laptop computers.

Almost two years ago, the company has planned to move some MacBook manufacturers to Vietnam, where a trial production line has already been set up. 

Apple produces between 20 and 24 million MacBooks annually, with factories situated in the Chinese cities of Chengdu, the Sichuan area, and Shanghai.

For China, the loss of control over MacBook manufacturing represents a general deterioration in its role as the world’s factory. 

Since former U.S. President Donald Trump began a trade war against China, major electronics manufacturers like Apple, HP, Dell, Google, and Meta have all announced at least some preparations to relocate production and sourcing away from the nation.

The majority of data center servers manufactured for companies with U.S. customers, including Google, Meta, Amazon, and Microsoft, are now produced in Taiwan, Mexico, or Thailand.

Apple has regarded China as its most significant assembly base for many years, but in 2022, that successful formula ended. 

Due to a lengthy COVID lockout in the spring, important MacBook and iPhone production facilities in Shanghai experienced significant interruptions. 

Apple issued a warning in November on delays in the premium iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max’s Christmas deliveries, citing labor shortages caused by the epidemic at its most significant production facility in Zhengzhou, Henan province.

AirPods, which began commercial manufacturing in Vietnam in 2020, served as the catalyst for Apple’s expansion into that country. Nikkei Asia was the first to reveal that the business moved some of the production of Apple Watches and iPads there this year. 

Source: Nikkei Asia


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Saigon hi-tech park earns $23 billion from exports

The Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), home to 162 projects worth over $12 billion, obtained $23 billion from exports in 2022.



The export turnover was more than $10 billion and $20.9 billion in 2017 and 2021, respectively.

According to Le Thi Bich Loan, deputy head of the SHTP management board, the park has become a trustworthy destination for global high-tech powerhouses with the presence of over 10 international conglomerates in the field, including Intel, Jabil, Rockwell Automation, Nidec, Nipro, Samsung, and Sonion.

Established in 2002, the park has seen its accumulated production value reaching $120 billion so far. It now houses 51 foreign-invested projects worth $10.1 billion.

By 2025, the SHTP aims to become a smart technology park and the core of the interactive and innovative urban area in Ho Chi Minh’s eastern part, contributing to the city’s socio-economic development. In addition, it plans to attract investment of around $3 billion in 50 hi-tech projects and establish at least one global hi-tech enterprise.

To achieve these goals, the park is going to accelerate investment projects for its scientific space with a total surface area of 93ha.

It will increase the link between its enterprises and universities and research institutes in the region, especially the Vietnam National University-HCM City (VNU-HCM), in order to increase the proportion of hi-tech products by domestic companies.

Source: VietnamPlus


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