3.1 Workshop Overview

The workshop was held at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in coordination with the ADB, and was entitled "APEC/ADB Joint Workshop, Carbon Capture and Storage in Viet Nam". The workshop was held on 13-14 December 2011. Initial plans in August 2011 had called for holding the Viet Nam workshop back-to-back with a CCS workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, in late 2011. However, due to the flooding in Bangkok in November 2011 and other factors, including the unavailability of the ADB RETA report on Thailand and delays in the workshop approval by the Viet Nam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), it was decided, less than three weeks before the event, to postpone the Thai workshop and only hold the workshop in Viet Nam.

Prior to the workshop, ICF had reviewed the training modules and updated them. In preparing a potential list of participants, ICF relied on ADB RETA contacts and participants lists from a previous CCS workshop hosted by Alstom and the Global CCS Institute in 2010 as well as a USAID/APEC clean coal workshop in 2008.

An invitation and agenda for the workshop were prepared in coordination with the ADB and the APEC Project Overseer. These were translated into Vietnamese and, as soon as MOIT approval was obtained, 105 copies were sent by ICF to potential participants by email, postal mail and by personal invitations. The workshop binders were prepared ahead of time and consisted of presentations by speakers, speaker biographies, and the Executive Summary of the ADB RETA report on Viet Nam. The workshop binder contents, the training modules and CCS references were all burned onto a CD, which was provided to workshop participants.

A day before the Joint APEC-ADB workshop, the ADB presented its RETA CCS report on Viet Nam to the government and their stakeholders. The government approved the non-confidential parts of the report for presentation and discussion at the Joint APEC-ADB workshop. The workshop was structured such that the first day featured a general introduction and discussion of all major CCS issues, whereas the second day focused on specific findings and issues pertaining to Viet Nam as identified by the ADB RETA study. Many of the international experts spoke and played an active role in the workshop on both days. On the last day, a panel discussion focused on options for fostering continued interest in and support for CCS in Viet Nam.