Bangkok, Thailand, 25 April 2018 – The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy Planning (OTP) in cooperation with TCC conducted the workshop “Moving Fuel Economy (FE) Policy forward in Thailand” at Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok.
The aim of the workshop was to provide and share the newest findings on GIZ’s support for a policy study with phases I and II with the more than 60 participants from national government agencies, public institutions and private organizations.
The workshop was another significant step in identifying actions that are important in developing the NDC action plan for the transport sector in Thailand. TCC is cooperating with OTP to complete this action plan in cooperation with other relevant stakeholders by the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) on December this year.
The meeting started with opening remarks by the Director General of OTP, Mr. Chaiwat Thongkamkoon, and was followed by a presentation from Mr. Bert Fabian, Programme Officer at the Air Quality and Mobility Unit at UN Environment. He gave an overview about the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) and pointed out the global progress in FE. Mr. Bert highlighted that FE policies can work and presented examples from other countries to the participants to make the improvements more visible. He showed the importance and the effects from feebates, labeling and taxation. Based on this background Dr. Nuwong Chollacoop, Consultant of TCC, provided the meeting with information about the current status in Thailand and explained what the country is currently working on. For this reason he showed up Thailand’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC’s) and the Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) and pointed out how well FE improvements can support the targets set in this proposals. Dr. Chollacoop closed his presentation with three future recommendations to achieve sustainable progress: 1. Improve eco-sticker, 2. Revise the excise tax scheme for new vehicles, 3. Additional fiscal measures for fuel efficient vehicles.
Mr. Friedel Sehlleier, TCC’s Deputy Project Director, delivered the clothing remarks emphasizing the importance of the meeting. He explained the next steps and thanked all attendees for their participation and the OTP for co-hosting the event.
The next steps are the publication of the phase I fuel economy study and the development of the phase II study based on the initial analysis presented at this workshop. Later in 2018, there will be a final FE workshop to share the phase II study results.
- Moving Fuel economy policy forward in Thailand, Dr. Nuwong Chollacoop