PM weighs emissions goal effect

PM weighs emissions goal effect

On the eve of his departure for the Paris global warming summit, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has second thoughts on a pledge to cut emissions by 25%. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)
On the eve of his departure for the Paris global warming summit, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has second thoughts on a pledge to cut emissions by 25%. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

An ambitious target to cut greenhouse gases 25% by 2030 requires that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha look into the possible impacts on Thailand's industrial development.

Meeting officials Monday ahead of his participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the premier asked experts to conduct a study on whether the industrial sector will suffer if Thailand goes ahead with the target, deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said.

Gen Prayut is scheduled to announce the country's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 20-25% at the UNFCCC, which is being held in Parc des Expositions du Bourget in Paris, France.

World leaders are meeting to discuss new commitments to deal with global warming.

They expect a new agreement to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol international pact, that sets targets for industrialised countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gases, especially CO2, are blamed for the rise in world temperatures.

The issue has become a major environmental concern, causing debates over control on energy usage.

Meanwhile, farmers in the Central Plains have been warned to prepare for a drought which is expected to hit the region over the next three years as average rainfall in mountainous areas is decreasing.

Sucharit Koontanakulvong, chief of the department of water resources engineering at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of engineering, said the farming sector will be further hit by drought for another three years until there is enough water in the country's main dams to boost supply.

Mr Sucharit said it usually takes around three years for sufficient water to flow in to support dam levels to secure planting activities during the dry season.

Average rainfall has dropped by 5-10% since 2011, he said.


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