Imagine stepping into a world where the hum of engines blends with the rustle of green leaves, a world where the hustle of Bangkok meets the cool, clean breath of sustainability. This isn’t a distant utopia; it’s the vision brought to life by the collaboration of BTS Group and the bustling heart of Bangkok city, launching an ambitious campaign at BTS Ha Yaek Lat Phrao station that promises to steer us towards a greener, cleaner future.
Picture this: Surapong Laoha-Unya, the visionary Executive Director and Chief Officer of MOVE business, alongside a cadre of influential figures like Narissara Sriunt, the sage Strategic Communications Advisor, and the operation’s dynamo, Sumit Srisantithum, Chief Operating Officer of Bangkok Mass Transit System PCL. Joining forces with them, Pornphrom N.S. Vikitserth, the Governor of Bangkok’s Advisor on Environmental Affairs, all banded together under the vibrant skies of Bangkok to kick off a campaign that’s more than just an event – it’s a movement.
Here’s where you, the person reading this, come into play. Your ticket to joining this eco-friendly brigade is as simple as a quick visit to your mechanic. Ever thought your oil-change or air filter receipt could be your golden ticket? Well, in Bangkok it is! Exchange that receipt for a Rabbit voucher worth 100 baht at any one of the 5 BTS stations – be it the bustling BTS Mo Chit or the iconic BTS Siam, the heart of the city at BTS Asoke, the modern-day crossroads at BTS Chong Nonsi, or even at the launching ground itself, BTS Ha Yaek Lat Phrao. Don’t let the calendar fool you; you have from February 7 to March 31, 2024, to be part of something big.
Chadchart Sittipunt, with a twinkle in his eye, couldn’t contain his excitement about BTS Group’s support for the ‘This Car Reduces PM2.5 Dust’ initiative. He’s throwing down the gauntlet, challenging every soul in Bangkok to come together in a simple yet profound act – changing their engine oil or air filter. It’s a call to arms, sounding out through the din of the city, urging us all to band together under the banner of the BMA’s campaign.
But why stop there? In a bold move, the BMA and the Ministry of Energy are rallying the troops – gas station companies and car brands, to offer enticing promotions that favor the earth. The shift from Euro4 to Euro5 oil isn’t just an upgrade; it’s a revolution. Why? Because Euro5 fuel slashes sulfur content by a whopping 80%, catapulting us towards cutting PM2.5 emissions from diesel engines by more than 20%. Now that’s a breath of fresh air!
In an experiment that sounds like it was ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel, Bangkok tested PM2.5 emissions from Euro 3 diesel model vehicles at the Bangkok Vocational Training School (Athorn Sangkhawattana), Thung Khru District. The scenario? Vehicles with and without maintenance, in a showdown in a room sized 50 cubic meters. The result? Vehicles pampered with engine oil and air filter replacements not only saw a reduction of PM2.5 emissions by up to 25% but promised their owners a longer companionship. Talk about a win-win!
Daniel Ross, with a smile that could illuminate the darkest tunnels of BTS SkyTrain, shared the company’s pride in being at the forefront of the campaign. BTS Group isn’t just about providing a green and safe alternative through its SkyTrains; it’s about weaving sustainable transportation into the fabric of Bangkok’s transportation network – be it buses, ferries, or motorcycle taxis. It’s about creating a community where sustainable mobility isn’t just a choice but a way of living.
With its sights set on the lofty goals of Carbon Neutrality by 2050 and Net Zero by 2065, Thailand is not just dreaming; it’s doing. BTS Group’s commitment to this cause is not newly found; since its inception in 1999, over 4 billion sustainable trips have helped keep more than 2.1 million tonnes of CO2e at bay. That’s akin to gifting the earth 222 million trees. As the world’s first and only carbon-neutral rail transportation company and reigning as the most sustainable transportation company globally, BTS Group isn’t just riding the waves of change – they’re leading the charge towards a greener, cleaner Bangkok.
So, dear reader, as you navigate the streets of Bangkok, remember, every small act contributes to a larger narrative. A narrative where clean air isn’t a luxury, but a given. Join hands with BTS Group and make the choice for sustainable mobility. After all, we’re not just passengers on this journey; we’re drivers of change.