Srettha Thavisin, Thailand’s Prime Minister and Finance Minister, was the main character at the opening of the 2nd Thailand Climate Action Conference (TCAC) held at the SX Grand Plenary Hall of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The illustrious event also witnessed the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pol Gen Phatcharavat Wongsuwon.
As the threat of climate change looms large on our planet, Thailand steps up to reaffirm its commitment to counter this global menace. The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) scheduled for next month in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will see the nation asking for increased technological and financial aid. The Thai Prime Minister emphasized that the country takes its environmental protection responsibilities seriously and aims to boost its investment in green bonds.
Addressing the crowd at the 2nd Thailand Climate Action Conference (TCAC), Mr. Thavisin stressed the immediate and severe nature of the climate change problem, which affects stakeholders and citizens equally. He then declared Thailand’s resolve to use all available resources to wage a relentless war against the climate crisis. However, he also made a resounding appeal to everyone in society considering this issue goes beyond the government’s capabilities.
The Prime Minister mentioned his recent participation in the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly which prominently highlighted climate change. He capitalized on this convergence of world leaders to exchange and brainstorm ideas at several Climate and SDG summits.
Thailand is determined to achieve significant milestones in the fight against climate change. The nation aims to attain carbon neutrality by 2050, and net-zero emissions by 2065. These objectives are aligned with the 1.5C goal set under the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, the country strives to increase its Nationally Determined Contribution goal from 20% to 40% by the end of this decade.
These lofty ambitions are mirrored in various policies, including the 20-Year National Strategy and the 13th National Economic and Social Development Plan. The Thailand government is gearing up to enhance energy efficiency and increase renewable use to curton greenhouse gas emissions by 15% in the energy sector. Another significant step involves expanding the green zone to 55% of the total land area by 2037 to absorb 120 million tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
“Many might perceive climate action as a burden. But I view this as an opportunity. This is our chance as a nation and private sector to shift towards sustainability. Through a paradigm shift in production and services, leading organizations now promote sustainable measures,” declares the Prime Minister.
COP28, pivotal in shaping the world’s stand on climate change, will unfold in the UAE from Nov 30-Dec 12. Thailand will be a significant player in this global fight against global warming.