Thailand recently became the first one of four developing Asian countries to submit two NAMAs, or nationally appropriate mitigation actions, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These plans are aiming to provide green housing to low and middle income families, and to green the country’s government buildings. Other countries invested in the plan are Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The plan intends to reduce greenhouse gases by allowing citizens to reside in energy efficient, sustainable housing that remain affordable for all demographics. The commitment will also help reduce poverty by creating more jobs and will contribute to Thailand’s pledge in the Paris Agreement to reduce their emissions by 20 percent by 2030.
Building plans for Thailand’s new construction will include implementing national green building standards, installing water and energy efficient appliances, and turning to green building materials. The plans for housing are intended to be accomplished by 2023, and the government buildings by 2022.
Thailand is offering tax breaks and various perks to encourage green development, as knowledge of green building and high material costs often deter potential clients. Costs of going green are expected to drop as materials become more cost efficient when demand grows and as builders and customers become educated on its benefits. With an overall energy efficiency plan to reduce energy intensity by 30 percent by 2036, it looks like Thailand is on track to becoming one of the top green countries in the world.
What improvements have you or do you plan to implement in your living or office space to make it more environmentally friendly?