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PM to present net-zero goal at COP26

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will attend the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in the United Kingdom next week where he will formally announce Thailand’s new pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2065.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 28 October 2021, 09:47AM

Prayut: Pointing the way. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Prayut: Pointing the way. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said Thailand’s delegates to the COP26 conference, led by PM Prayut, will submit the kingdom’s long-term development strategies to lower greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reports the Bangkok Post. This is effectively a roadmap for how Thailand plans to go net zero within 44 years.

“The government regards climate change to be one of the most concerning issues, as studies have warned that international climate change mitigation efforts have not been strong enough to stabilise the global climate.

“Thailand as one of the Paris Agreement’s parties, is determined to step up efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement goals,” Mr Varawut said.

He said Thailand was among the first countries in Southeast Asia to set long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies as a national roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality. Thailand is also one of only 33 countries out of 197 Paris Agreement signatories that have clear strategies to pursue their net-zero carbon emission pledge.

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“We are also ready to work with all stakeholders to further the work on climate change mitigation and adaption, such as promoting clean energy transition, phasing out coal, or planting more trees to absorb carbon,” he said.

With close cooperation from all sectors, Thailand could fulfil its carbon neutrality target by the deadline, he said.

The UN Climate Change Conference is held annually by the UNFCCC to pursue climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrialisation levels. The next conference takes place from this Sunday in Glasgow, in the United Kingdom.

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christysweet | 29 October 2021 - 15:23:52

Too little and about 56 years too late. Catastrophic climate disruption is already here and will escalate exponentially beginning in 5...4...3...2  Glad I'm not any younger. Get your families to a moderately elevated place where food is grown locally with plenty of fresh water in aquifers. Don't rely on rainwater or snowmelt.  

Kurt | 29 October 2021 - 10:16:22

One who talks about 2065, 44 years from now, makes himself the laugh stock of the world. A lot of laughing at that UN climate change conference. The conference is about changing our behavior NOW! 44 Years? In Thailand that means they will start in the 43rd year. Until than, just words.

Kurt | 29 October 2021 - 10:11:00

Leave the words of the PM for what it is. Will not be taken serious. He will be very isolated as he not speaks any foreign language. He is not even able to handle the yearly Chiang Mai pollution disaster, the worse of the world, simply causes by his farmers who uncontrolled go on and go on with their burnings. Not giving a damn what "Bangkok' thinks.

Timothy | 29 October 2021 - 08:40:05

The air pollution in northern Thailand is the worst in the world for several months of the year. Thai's love to blame all neighboring countries, but allow crop burning which is the main cause. Many countries are doing well to clean up. Meanwhile Thailand is burning off thousands of square kilometers every year. 

Fascinated | 28 October 2021 - 22:30:54

Remember the last time a PM went west to address other countries!

JohnC | 28 October 2021 - 10:27:35

Better start right now getting all those thousands of old smokey diesel pickups off the roads. The Thai government needs to urgently stop subsidising this dirtiest of all fossil fuels and move quickly into cleaner forms of fuel. Most other countries make diesel the most expensive for that reason. 


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