APEC CTF COLLABORATES WITH EGAT FOR A PIONEERING WORKSHOP ON THAILAND’S POST-COAL AND NET ZERO
Mae Moh, Lampang 29-30 August 2023 – In a groundbreaking move towards a more sustainable energy future, the APEC Center for Technology Foresight (APEC CTF) has partnered with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to host the first workshop of “Mae Moh Foresight” project. This event united a diverse range of participants, including representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as community stakeholders. The aim of the workshop is to engage with stakeholders in Mae Noh area to illustrate the scenario in two critical timelines – 2050, when coal resources are expected to be depleted, and 2065, the year Thailand has set its sights on achieving a net-zero emissions target.
Honorable guests, including the Governor of Lampang province, Chatchavan Chayabutr, joined the event, underscoring the significance of the proceedings, emphasizing the importance of such forward-thinking initiatives for the region’s future. High-ranking executives from EGAT also took center stage, bringing their expertise and insights to the table.
As participants gathered in separate groups, they embarked on a comprehensive exploration of scenarios for the year 2050 when coal reserves are nearing depletion and aligning with Thailand’s pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2065. The workshop was also dedicated to strategizing for this ambitious goal. The discussions revolved around a holistic approach, encompassing the expansion of renewable energy, the integration of cutting-edge carbon capture technologies, and the adoption of sustainable land use practices. Of equal importance was the examination of socio-economic impacts and the adaptation strategies needed at the community level to meet this audacious target.
Dr. Kitipong Promwong, President of Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO) and NXPO executive as advisor to the APEC CTF, underscored the necessity of “Vision” setting and “Journey towards Transformation” of all stakeholders involve in the Mae Moh city.
Dr. Surachai Sathitkunarat. Executive Director of APEC CTF and Vice President of NXPO emphasized the importance of foresight work, underscoring its value in shaping strategies for long-term urban development planning. He also noted that scenario setting serves as the initial step in envisioning a preferred future, which can then be used as a foundation for backcasting and devising strategies in annual plans.
The workshop’s conclusion featured a resounding commitment to ongoing collaboration between APEC CTF, EGAT, and all involved stakeholders. It underscored the urgent need for a just and inclusive transition that considers the well-being of communities historically tied to coal-related industries.
Srichattra Chaivongvilan – Correspondant