PM touts electric car policy at COP26

PM touts electric car policy at COP26

PM wants 15 million on roads by 2035

Thailand has set a target of having 15 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads by 2035 as a part of the country's strategy to lower greenhouse gas emissions, according to government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.

The ambitious target will be one of the major policies touted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland this week.

Besides the adoption of green vehicles, Mr Thanakorn said Thailand also has plans to step up nature-based solutions by planting about 100 million new trees across country by the end of next year.

Thailand will draft its own Climate Change Act as well as cooperate with international agencies to support climate change solutions.

In the past, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has worked with US organisations to acquire knowledge on boosting renewable energy integration, Mr Thanakorn said.

He said Gen Prayut will attend the COP26 conference to promote Thailand's long-term, environmentally friendly development strategies which meet Paris Agreement standards. Thailand is one of three countries in southeast Asia to set out long-term visions, he said. The other are Singapore and Indonesia.

The agreement is a legally binding international treaty hoped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by the latter half of the century.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change mandates that all the members must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep within safe limits.

Gen Prayut leads the Thai delegation, which includes Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa, Mr Thanakorn added.

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