Press Release

Thailand launches national initiative to combat Greenhouse Gases

croppedBANGKOK – January 20, 2016 – Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), with the collaboration of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and other national and international partners, today launched the Roadmap for Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions under the Paris Agreement.

As part of the global effort to address climate change, last year Thailand submitted its plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce its GHG emissions by 20-25% from a business-as-usual level by year 2030, and ratified the Paris Agreement which entered into force on 4 November 2016.

General Surasak Kanjanarat, Minister of MNRE, presided over the opening ceremony of the Launching Thailand’s NDC Roadmap – Post 2020 Contribution event, which was attended by the Director-General of GGGI, the Secretary-General of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), the Director of Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) (TGO), the Deputy Resident Representative of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Project Director of German International Cooperation (GIZ). Approximately 500 participants attended the launch event.

“Now that Thailand has revealed its strong commitment to tackling climate change, this engagement among different sectors on NDC Roadmap development confirms how we commit to this challenge,” said General Surasak Kanjanarat. ”The NDC Roadmap serves as a long-term policy framework to be converted into real activities by formulating NDC action plans for specific sectors.”, said General Surasak Kanjanarat.

Thailand’s NDC is a national commitment and economy-wide effort to lessen GHG emissions through green growth, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable transport. To achieve such ambitious targets, strong collaboration from all relevant government agencies, private sector, civil society, and all-walk-of-life is needed.

GGGI has been working with the Royal Thai Government since 2014 to assist the country to reduce the country’s GHG emissions through green growth development. GGGI worked with ONEP to develop a practical and implementable GHG Reduction Roadmap for the industrial sector, which represents 38% of GDP and at least 23% of emissions.

Group“GGGI is determined and committed to assisting Thailand achieve its NDC and green growth objectives, by working in partnership to implement the actions and deliver goals within the Roadmap,” said Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI.

Currently, GGGI is working to develop the NDC Action Plan for the Industrial Sector that with take clear steps towards achieving the NDC targets, which will play a major role in GHG reduction. In 2017-2018, GGGI will be assisting Thailand in NDC implementation and capacity development.

Thailand became the twenty-sixth Member country of GGGI in January 2016.

About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote green growth. The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly, are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. To learn more about GGGI, see https://www.gggi.org and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.