Prayut delivers Thailand's climate pledge at Paris summit

Prayut delivers Thailand's climate pledge at Paris summit

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha addresses world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, Paris, on Monday. (AP Photo)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha addresses world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, Paris, on Monday. (AP Photo)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday clarified Thailand’s commitment to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 20-25% by 2030 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In his brief speech at the opening of COP21 on the outskirts of the French capital, Gen Prayut announced that Thailand would support a new universal agreement and collaborate with the international community to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. He expected the climate talks to yield a successful result.

Thailand submitted its new climate action plan, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in October, which pledges to reduce 20-25% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The 20% is a goal to be achieved by the country's resources alone while the additional 5% will require international support in terms of finance, know-how and technology.

Gen Prayut said Thailand had been aware that climate change issue could cause uncompensated disasters such as extreme drought, food security collapses and diminished natural resources.

"The green industry must be stimulated to generate income while cutting greenhouse-gas emissions," the premier said while calling on developed countries to transfer know-how and technology to less-developed ones.

To achieve the goal, Thailand will reduce fossil fuels use and increase renewable supplies according to its Power Development Plan 2015, which aims to reduce the intensity of land transport through the expansion of rail services, as well as implement measures to prevent further forest encroachment, implement effective water management and create a haze-management roadmap.

From 1992 to 2010, Thailand rose from 33rd to 22nd among countries emitting carbon dioxide from the consumption of energy, its emissions rising 176% to 278.4 million tonnes of CO2, according to the US Energy Information Administration.


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