Thailand Ramps up its 2030 Net Zero Target

Thailand has announced an ambitious emissions reduction move raising its target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The Southeast Asian kingdom will now aim to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, representing a significant increase from its original 30% pledge, the country’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa said.

Thailand will formalise the commitment at the COP27 conference, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, this month.

In its second updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the revised commitment also affirmed that Thailand aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and net zero emissions by 2065.           

The Minister announced the country’s intention on achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions at a symposium in Bangkok organized by PTTGC, a Thai private sector chemical company.

“Thailand is aiming to raise its ambition to 40% by 2030, in which 30% will come from our domestic effort and 10% from international collaboration and support,” Varawut said.

“In Thailand we do not just talk, we walk the walk. Climate change is no longer a distant threat, it is confronting us right here and right now,” the Minister added.

According to the United Nations, Thailand is the ninth most vulnerable country to climate-related catastrophe.

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