Govt calls up climate pledges

Govt calls up climate pledges

Kingdom wants help with targets, Varawut tells envoys

The environment minister has called on international agencies and countries that promised to help Thailand achieve its targets on greenhouse gas emissions to take immediate action and fulfil their pledges.

Ending a two-day meeting of the Thailand Climate Action Conference (TCAC), Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa said quick action to provide financial packages, technology transfers and capacity building, promised by the international community, is important to help Thailand limit greenhouse gas emissions.

"I would like to take the stage to remind all ambassadors sitting here that you should not forget whatever you promised to help us reduce emissions," he said. "Thai people have fully acknowledged climate change impacts. We are active in providing cooperation, but it [won't] go anywhere without that international support."

He said Thailand had agreed with the international community to reduce emissions from 30% to 40% in 2030.

Under a framework called Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action, the international community has promised to support Thailand's goal, he said.

The government aims to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2065 by mainly increasing the ratio of renewable energy use in the country, he said.

The ministry plans to submit Thailand's long-term greenhouse gas emission development strategy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change during the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties, or Cop27, in November.

Mr Varawut said the government wants to show that Thailand is on track to fight the impact of climate change by cutting greenhouse emissions in the farming, industrial and transport sectors, which contribute a large volume of unhealthy gases to the air.

Natee Sitthiprasat, member of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking's sub-panel on climate change, said the business sector is ready to support the government's goal of a cleaner world.

He said the business sector is aware of international trade barriers that require manufacturers to use clean energy, including a regulation to use 100% clean energy in the next two years.

"We have moved for green technology in the production line due to strong pressure from our trade partners. The government must assist us by amending regulations to help our shift to green business," he said.

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