Bangkok, 21 January 2019 – Roughly 160 officials from National Government and Bangkok’s City Administration, but also academia and private sector representatives gathered at the national TCC Closing Event Moving Towards Low Carbon Transportto learn about the project results and exchange on next steps to move towards more sustainable transport.
In his keynote speech, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith mentioned the high importance of transportation for local air pollution and climate change (transport contributes with an overall of 19.2% of total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Thailand) and the need for Bangkok to shift from a car-centric city to a city that moves people based on public transport, cycling and walking.
Jan Scheer, Head of Economic Affairs at the German Embassy in Bangkok acknowledged Thailand’s ambitious plans to expand the Metro and BTS system in Bangkok: “A high-speed train will soon connect the airports of Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao and the network of metro and Skytrain lines is increasing steadily. Thailand was also the first country in the region to implement a CO2 based motor vehicle excise tax. However, still much work has to be done to combat air pollution and climate change from transport and comply with Thailand’s international commitment to reduce GHG by 20% (25% with international support).”
In a subsequent panel discussion current action to move forward in the field of sustainable, low-carbon transport were presented and necessary steps forward discussed.
- Ms. Chutinthorn Mankhong The Chief of Sustainable Transport Promotion Division, OTP
- Ms. Carolin Capone, Director of Transport and Climate Change, GIZ
- Dr. Nuwong Chollacoop, Fuel Economy Policy Specialist (MTEC)
- Mr. Siamnat Panassorn, Manager of Engineering Policy and Business Planning, Isuzu
- Dr.Yossapong Laoonual, President of Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT)
Among other topics, TCC consultant Dr. Nuwong Chollacoop shared results of the recent study on the Thailand’s fuel economy policy that show that the Eco Sticker and the CO2 based excise tax for motor vehicles, that OTP and TCC had pushed for, have reduced fuel consumption of newly registered vehicles from 7.08 liters per 100 km to 6.75 liters per 100 km between 2015 and 2017. However, the study also showed that with some reasonable adjustments to the CO2 based excise tax, Thailand could more than double the impact of its policies and reduce an additional 4.75 million tonnes of CO2 in 2030. With these measures alone, Thailand can achieve 29% of its international Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction commitment in the transport sector committed in the 21th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) target.
Although the TCC project is coming to an end, TCC will still support the excise tax department in the reform of the CO2 based excise tax within the coming months. TCC will ultimately close its doors on July 2019, however, the cooperation between Thailand and Germany will continue. Starting from 2019, we will focus our work more on Sustainable Urban Transport, fighting congestion, air pollution and making lives in the cities more livable by solving urban transportation problems not only in Bangkok but also in the rapidly growing second-tier cities.