The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Monday agreed to help Vietnam produce biological diesel with a support fund of US$5 million, the Vietnamese government said in a statement on its website.
Experts from Vietnam and Japan's leading universities will conduct research over the next five years to plant trees in deserted and polluted areas as raw material for producing bio-diesel and set up new environmental supervision measures for the use of the energy.
Professor Yasuaki Maeda from Osaka University said bio-diesel is produced from inedible oil from local plants, using green technologies.
He said the alternative energy production would only emit the same amount of CO2 that is consumed by the plants.
Motonori Tsuno, chief of the representative office of JICA in Vietnam, said that the project is essential for Vietnam, one of the countries hit hardest by climate change.