Commercial buildings in Thailand working towards meeting energy efficiency goalsFeb 24, 2016
The Promoting Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (PEECB) project, a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and, with the financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), held its third annual seminar yesterday.
The PEECB project aims to support the improvement and construction of energy-saving buildings, by strengthening national capacity in promoting environment management in a sustainable manner. The project’s main goal is to reduce green-house gas emissions from Thai commercial buildings, by supporting and encouraging the use and adoption of energy efficiency technologies in the commercial sector.
At the seminar, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Martin Hart-Hansen outlined that the PEECB project had achieved a number of successes since last year’s seminar. Firstly, he noted that the completion of a feasibility study provided invaluable energy efficiency recommendations for the 12 demonstration buildings. In most cases, the recommendations were adopted by the demonstration buildings and resulted in a combined energy saving of an estimated 6.5 million kilowatt hours per year. This equates to a potential carbon emission reduction of 3,790 tons. Secondly, over 200 entrepreneurs benefited from the newly established PEECB training modules and building simulations. Lastly, disclosure labels which provide information on the energy consumption of each commercial building, were piloted by the public buildings and will be pursued further for adoption by the private buildings later in the year.
“We now live in a world that calls for greater innovation and new thinking to help us be more resource efficient. I believe that the demonstration buildings, and other achievements of this project, will provide practical models for replication,” said Mr. Hart-Hansen. “They will serve as evidence to strengthen existing policies and provide incentives for Thailand to have a real breakthrough in achieving its energy efficiency goals set in the 21-Year Energy Efficiency Development Plan,” he added.
The efforts of the PEECB project will significantly contribute to Thailand’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions as announced at the Paris Climate Summit held in December 2015. The 20-25 per cent intended reduction will mainly come from the energy sector.
Sustainable energy sources and energy efficient usage are vital to the achievement of at least three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals include SDG 7 - on affordable and clean energy, SDG 12 - on responsible consumption and production, and SDG 13 - on climate action. Currently, Thailand is well positioned to meet these three SDGs, in addition to providing best practices for the ASEAN region and beyond.
Ms. Angelique Reid, Communication and Partnership Officer
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