Hanwha Steps Up for the Environment
- Helping people making the world a better place
From delivering clean energy to remote communities and social projects to combatting desertification and air pollution by planting new forests with trees grown in solar-powered nurseries, there are few lengths that Hanwha isn’t willing to go, especially if it means helping improve our environment.
- Combating pollution with solar power
To commemorate World Environment Day on June 5, Hanwha is launching the “Clean Up Mekong” campaign in Vinh Long Province in collaboration with the Vietnam Environment Administration and Global Green Growth Institute. This campaign is the latest in Hanwha’s ongoing efforts to combat climate change and energy poverty, and to encourage responsible consumption in accordance to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
The Mekong is a trans-boundary river that runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam before discharging into the Pacific Ocean. It moves 475 km³ of water annually and supports over 70 million people who rely on it as their main source of water. However, indiscriminately disposed waste and sewage discharge along the river’s length has turned the Mekong into one of the world’s ten most polluted rivers.
The key to the campaign’s clean-up efforts will be solar-powered boats donated by Hanwha. Powered and propelled by Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK solar modules, the boats scoop up waste off the Mekong River’s surface using electric conveyors without emitting any greenhouse gases or other pollutants.
- Spreading awareness on environmental issues and encouraging public engagement
Hanwha implemented a social media campaign to raise public awareness on the environmental issues caused by water pollution. The campaign also speaks to the importance of environmentally friendly energy sources and its benefits. The campaign was aimed at supporting the UN SDGs Target 12.5 and 12.8 to substantially reduce waste generation and to ensure that people everywhere had the information necessary for sustainable development and lifestyle that is in harmony with nature. Vietnamese citizens were encouraged to spread the news of the campaign by uploading messages of encouragement and support on Facebook.