With the recent Paris Climate Change Agreement is meant to signal the beginning of the end of more than 100 years of fossil fuels serving as the primary engine of economic growth and shows that governments from around the world take climate change seriously. The deal requires any country that ratifies it to act to stem its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming century, with the goal of peaking greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible” and continuing the reductions as the century progresses. Countries will aim to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100 with an ideal target of keeping temperature rise below 1.5°C (2.7°F).
The deal will also encourage trillions of dollars of capital to be spent adapting to the effects of climate change—including infrastructure like sea walls and programs to deal with poor soil—and developing renewable energy sources like solar and wind power
Recognizing the upward trend in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Thai Government is prompting a paradigm shift within society and behavior change among its citizens towards low carbon practices. This includes transforming thinking about development at the national and local levels—such as among policymakers and other stakeholders—towards a low carbon future.
Thailand’s low emission development and green growth efforts are well supported by national policies and plans that prioritize climate change mitigation. The National Economic and Social Development Plan, under the National Economic and Social Development Board, calls for a paradigm shift to a green and low carbon society. This includes development of a GHG registry and carbon market, a carbon fund, and strong measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s National Master Plan on Climate Change (2011-2050) seeks to enhance capacity for resilience socio-economic development, reorient economic development towards a low carbon society, and promote sustainable development. In addition, national sectoral plans, such as those of the Ministry of Energy, offer clear roadmaps and targets by sector.
Industrial expansion, rising public awareness, strengthened legislation, and economic growth has already given environmental firms a significant advantage in the Thai market. In fact the government has prioritized development not only in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also in water supplies, wastewater management, and sewerage development. Expansion of the environmental industry relies on the technology and expertise of foreign products and services. Locally made products meet general standards for environmental needs, but specialized products must be imported. Currently 70 to 80 per cent of environmental equipment is imported each year.
Source: Time.com I Thailand’s Low Carbon City Initiative by Asia LEDS Partnership
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