Seize climate change opportunity, PM urges

Seize climate change opportunity, PM urges

The government stresses the transition from fossil fuels and the implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 7, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

This goal ensures access to clean, affordable and reliable energy services, designed to achieve the Net Zero Carbon Emissions target and maintain global temperature rises within 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius as stipulated in the Paris Agreement, Gen Prayut said.

He was speaking via teleconference at the High-level Dialogue on Energy Summit 2021, held at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the prime minister told the meeting that countries should take the opportunity to deliberate on climate change-related challenges, and a global roadmap towards Sustainable Development Goals.

Thailand was now working on the National Energy Plan, he said. The goal will drive the country towards a low-carbon economy by increasing the proportion of clean energy to no less than 50% of new electricity generation.

Thailand is also working on a long-term strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the Carbon Neutrality Goal by 2065–2070, he told delegates.

"All countries should work together to lay the foundation for the post-Covid-19 era, developing with peace and prosperity, especially with regards to the environment and nature,'' Gen Prayut said. People need to strive for a balance between themselves, other living things and the environment, while resources should be optimised, not maximised, he added.

Gen Prayut said Thailand backed the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

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