Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam
Aus4Innovation is supporting the delivery of a project that’s set to bring together Vietnamese and Australian partners to establish an innovation hub to a focus on reducing plastics pollution.
The Plastics Innovation Hub (the Hub) will strengthen research collaboration to help identify new approaches in tackling plastic waste across the country.
This Hub is being delivered in partnership by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology, CSIRO, Aus4Innovation, with the collaboration of National Plastic Action Partnership and the Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands (VASI). The project is led by CSIRO and builds on the successful Australia-Indonesia Plastics Innovation Hub partnership.
Addressing a shared priority
The Vietnamese Government pledged to reduce the flow of plastics into the ocean by 75 per cent by 2030 in their National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Debris Management. Additionally, the national government created a National Action Plan on Ocean Plastic Waste and has an upcoming nationwide ban on single-use plastics by 2025.
CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission has a goal of 80 per cent reduction in plastic waste entering the environment by 2030. This Mission supports the Australian Government’s National Plastics Plan.
Purpose of the Hub
The purpose of the Hub is to enhance stakeholder collaboration, leverage existing investment, attract new sources of funding, and boost innovation capabilities to identify deep-tech opportunities to tackle plastic waste and translate them into real world solutions across the region.
It will bring together academia, start-ups, NGOs, investors, industry, and government to collectively tackle plastic waste by facilitating a collaborative space to design, support, and scale highly impactful deep-tech solutions.
The aim is to facilitate and provide momentum for self-sustaining multi-sided marketplaces where change can occur by enabling the collaboration between researchers, NGOs, SMEs, start-ups, government, industry and investors, through a series of activities that identify, initiate, build and grow solutions.
A series of workshops will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share knowledge and identify the priority areas for the Hub to provide expertise, the structure to govern the Hub, and opportunities to collaborate with the Hub Vietnam.
The program structure has been designed to facilitate a pathway to upskill the Vietnamese entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem and support a growth journey of early-stage ventures.
The Hub Vietnam will explore three challenge statements during the delivery phase of the program:
- Develop sustainable and viable plastic alternatives.
- Strengthen segregation, collection and recycling systems.
- Establish reliable data capture and enable accessible information.
To find out more about the Plastics Innovation Hub Vietnam and relevant upcoming events, visit Vietnam (ippin.org).