In photo, from left to right: EABC Chair of Automotive Working Group, Mr. Stefan Teuchert, Minister of Science and Technology, Ms. Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang, Air Chief Marshal, Dr. Prajin Juntong, EABC President, Rolf-Dieter Daniel, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Energy, Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-Oom, EGAT Governor, Mr. Kornrasit Pakchatanon, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tatchai Sumitra
On 8 to 10 March 2017 EABC joined the SETA 2017 - Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia “Towards a low-Carbone future”.
EABC organised a European Pavilion with the following member companies participating Retech Energy, Rittal, Poyry and BMW.
SETA 2017 was organised by Ministry of Energy and Chulalongkorn University, in collaboration with Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Transport and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC). The second edition of this event covered four significant topics, including energy policy making and planning, low-carbon power generation technology, energy for low-carbon transportation and smart city and green industry, which are destined to promote and develop sources of knowledge concerning energy and related technology. This year’s highlights included hybrid technology and electric cars.
The opening ceremony was held on 8 March and EABC was represented by our President Rolf-Dieter Daniel, Vice President Jan Eriksson, Executive Director Peter Bjork, Policy Manager Chaladbhum Temkasem and Chair of Automotive Working Group Stefan Teuchert.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, the Thai government is gearing towards energy security with a continuous attempt to maintain the availability of the country’s energy resources in all forms. He said, “Our focus on energy development covers everything from manufacturing process, transportation to distribution and selling. It is essential to make things more practical and reasonable especially in terms of price structure of energy, which should reflect actual costs and does not place an extra financial burden on the public sector. It should also encourage the country’s long-term development, reduce impacts on the environment and help promote energy efficiency that allows for sustainable development”.
General Anantaporn Kanchanarat, Energy Minister, said, “The Energy 4.0 policy is in line with the government’s Thailand 4.0 initiative, which is set to improve the quality of life, competitiveness and the average income of Thai people. As part of this, the Smart Cities Project involves transforming communities into smart cities by promoting energy efficiency with the use of smart grid in order to provide community dwellers with greater convenience and allows for less energy consumption. In addition to the use of clean and environmentally friendly energy, this sustainable approach also includes the construction of smart buildings and the installation of smart meters to facilitate the most effective management of electricity, the supply of electricity to people using electric vehicles, the expansion of charging service to key locations such as shopping centers, parking lots, government offices and the production of electric tuk tuk. This high-performance power grid is also expected to help promote tourism and reduce noise and air pollutions. Now researchers are working on high-capacity batteries called energy storage, which is smaller in size with cheaper price, but higher in quality. As the effective management of the country’s energy sector relies on various factors, the Energy Ministry strives to achieve a better balance between energy security, fairness and environmental protection in order to lead to sustainable success.”
Transport Minister Lieutenant General Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said, “Ministry of Transport has developed a draft 20-year strategy for the overall development of Thailand’s transport sector, starting from 2017 and continues until 2036. This will be used as a framework for Thailand’s future development of transportation network by focusing on development approaches that address changing lifestyles, transport behaviors and needs of commuters. These can be performed under three main concepts comprising Green Transport, which concentrates on reducing the use of fossil energy sources and shifting to cleaner or alternative energy as well as promoting environmentally friendly transportation technology. Secondly, Transport Efficiency is destined to increase transport and logistics efficiency by reducing logistics costs and using rail network and water as main transport modes, with road transport as supporting channel. Lastly, Inclusive Transport involves improvements in the transportation network that enable all users, including aging people, persons with disability and children, to get easy access to public transportation services at reasonable prices and with strategic development pathways for the country’s entire transport system.”
Dr. Achaka Sriboonruang, Science and Technology Minister, pointed out that the Science and Technology Ministry continues to support research projects that allow for increasing competitiveness and is relevant to the country’s 20-year development framework (2017-2036) which aims to raise the country’s economic competitiveness as it is moving towards a developed country. This can be achieved through the use of science, technology and innovation as part of key drivers. Knowledge is fundamental to the improvement of capabilities in industrial development in diverse fields, especially agro-industry, food and alternative energy. To achieve the goal, it is important that science and technology are effectively applied and transferred to schools and communities nationwide.”