Thailand to announce new pledge for carbon neutrality at COP26

By VNA / DA NANG Today
October 30, 2021, 16:14 [GMT+7]

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will officially announce Thailand's new pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2065 when he attends the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in the United Kingdom next week, local media reported.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said Thailand's delegates to the COP26, led by PM Prayut, will submit the country's long-term development strategies to lower greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This is a roadmap for how Thailand plans to go net zero within 44 years, according to the minister.

The government regards climate change to be one of the most concerning issues, as studies have warned that international climate change mitigation efforts have not been strong enough to stabilise the global climate.

Thailand, as one of the Paris Agreement's parties, is determined to step up efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, Varawut said.

He said Thailand was among the first countries in Southeast Asia to set long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies as a national roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality. Thailand is also one of only 33 countries out of 197 Paris Agreement signatories that have clear strategies to pursue their net-zero carbon emission pledge.

Thailand is ready to work with all stakeholders to further the work on climate change mitigation and adaption, such as promoting clean energy transition, phasing out coal, or planting more trees to absorb carbon, he said.

With close cooperation from all sectors, Thailand could fulfil its carbon neutrality target by the deadline, he added.

The UN Climate Change Conference is held annually by the UNFCCC to pursue climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrialisation levels. The next conference takes place from October 31 to November 12 in the UK’s Glasgow.

Source: VNA