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Renewable Energy - Thailand's Evolution and Effort in Renewable Energy

by Rock Lee | 04-01-2020 14:39 recommendations 0

When people hear 'Thailand' and 'eco-friendly', these two words seem awkward together and probably not one of those related words when you search up either one of these in Google. And, that's a fact, because Thailand has some shocking rates in relevance with environmental issues such as Thai people using 70 billion plastic bags per year which is one of the causes for 60% of plastic pollution in oceans. Thailand also produces about 50,000 tons of solid waste, affecting sea life and mangrove swamps nearby. 

As a person living right here in Thailand, I do see some people wasting too many plastic bags, having no second-thoughts on recycling, reducing, and reusing so I truly understand these results and negative impacts Thailand has given to the world so far. But on the other hand, I'm quite proud of Thailand's effort in 'renewable energy' also called as 'eco-friendly energy'. 

One part in my life is to read articles or watch news in Thailand, with a mind that I should always be aware of what is happening in Thailand. As a result, I've read a great article about Thailand's policies on 'renewable energy' written by the Bangkok Post, one of the top newspapers in Thailand.

This article interviews Mrs. Preeyanart Soontornwata, president of the SET(Stock Exchange of Thailand)-listed private power producer and subsidiary of B.Grimm Group, one of Thailand's industrial conglomerate, about the future of Thailand's renewable energy sources.

Mrs. Preeyanart said 'I do not believe financing is our problem, as everyone wants to invest in renewables now.", meaning that Thailand also, is starting to get interest in these new sources to get energy and people are lining up to invest in this field.

She went on with her positive opinions on renewable energy, since Thailand had a goal from 2013 to increase the country's total renewable energy power generation from 10% to 27% by 2037. EGAT(Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand) also supported this goal by planning to float 16 solar farms with a combined capacity of more than 2.7 gigawatts, which will be the world's largest hybrid power scheme. 

Yes. Thailand still might be far compared to other countries in becoming 'eco-friendly' or 'no pollution' but if Thailand's evolution in not only renewable energy but Thais' thoughts on 'global warming' and 'climate change' changes, Thailand sure will be one of the most supportive countries in saving Earth.


Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1676584/smart-grid-policy-advised-for-renewable-energy-progress


  • Thailand Former E-gen Ambassador Rock Lee


  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope everything is going well..

    Thank you so much for sharing your report..
    Hope to learn more from you..
    Keep writing and sharing your report!!.

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 15-03-2020 19:31

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Rock

    This is your mentor Lisa!
    It's so great that Thailand is implementing such eco-friendly energy policies! I think in terms of energy for it is directly related to financial problems, government support and subsidies for sustainable and renewable energy users and producers are critical. However, I think that the government should move on to raising public awareness as well because no matter how hard the government tries to make effective policies, it is normal individuals who actually enact and realize them in real life.

    Also, it is very tragic that even nowadays, a vast amount of plastic bags are being used!! It used to be the same for Korea, but the current government has forbidden the use of plastic bags in many stores which I think is pretty effective.

    Hope both countries get to solve the problem of plastic bag usage!

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing the story of Taiwan:)
    Posted 11-01-2020 16:52

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Rocklee

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Renewable Energy - Thailand's Evolution and Effort in Renewable Energy

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 07-01-2020 13:14

  • Shreya Aryal says :
    Hello Rock Lee,
    I am so amused to read that people of Thailand use that much of plastic.I have not known this fact before.Lets hope the people over there will be concerned on the topic to reduce and recycle them and move to put forward the green footprints.
    Green Cheers,
    Posted 05-01-2020 21:14

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Rock

    Thank you for sharing the situation in Thailand.
    Just like many other nations, some environmental problems are contained in the country, but on the other hand, effort to preserve the environment is in progress at the same time. I'm sure those investments on renewable energy would be paid back, and hope to see further efforts of Thailand government and Thai people to save our precious planet.

    Again, thank you for the great report, and I look forward to read your next report.
    Posted 05-01-2020 16:29

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