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Save Our Planet (IV) a huge success
Friday, March 18, the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

                                                                                                   

Sponsors and Partners at the 4th Save Our Planet Conference, Friday, March 18, the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. (Left-Right) Mr. Dominikus von Pescatore, Senior Bayer Representative for Country Group North ASEAN and Managing Director of Bayer Thai Co., Ltd., Swarup Roy, Founder & Chairman of Asean Affairs and Save Our Planet, H.E. Hanns H. Schumacher, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bangkok, Dr Supachai Tantikom, Member, Advisory Committee to Governor of Bangkok, Ms. Kanokwan Tasaard, Marketing,Beiersdorf.Co.Ltd, Mr. Tony Novak, Country General Manager, Emerson (Thailand) Ltd., Mr. Ahmed Hazeem Al Balushi, District Sales Manager – Thailand, Oman Air, Mr. Anusorn Kaiwikaigumnurd, Customer Services Manager, Tipco F&B Co., Ltd, Thierry Douin, Vice President & General Manager , Shangri-La hotel Bangkok and Dr. Chodechai Suwanaporn, Executive Vice President Energy Policy and Economic of PTT Public Company Limited.
Save Our Planet (IV) a huge success
Friday, March 18, the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Bangkok, March 18-The 2011 series of Save Our Planet conferences organized by the Asean Affairs Business Council (AABC), a division of Asean Affairs- the global publication of Southeast Asia, opened at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, as the ongoing Japanese nuclear crisis brought added impact and urgency to the event.

At the start of the conference, a 1-minute period of silence was observed for the Japanese people. Donations were collected from participants during the conference to be given to Japan by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was sponsored by: PTT, Emerson, CNN, Bayer, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangkok, Beiersdorf, Oman Air, Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd. and Tipco.

The 4th Save Our Planet Conference attracted researchers, environmental experts, business leaders and school children from a dozen countries who addressed a number of subjects under the theme, “The 3 e: Energy, Economy, Evolution.”

Pricha Karasuddhi, technical adviser for the Nuclear Power Program Development Office of Thailand’s Ministry of Energy, addressed the conference at mid-session. He informed the audience that Thailand has planned to add five nuclear power plants to its energy mix and that it took 15 years to build and certify a nuclear plant. To get a plant built by 2025, a decision needs to be reached this year, he said.

The motivation to develop nuclear energy appears to many to be motivated by the obvious declining reserves of hydrocarbon energy sources emphasized by a certain degree of nationalism that translates into energy independence.

The founder and chairman of Asean Affairs, Swarup Roy opened the conference and in his welcoming address said, “I hope there is hope for Southeast Asia” and pledged to develop a “mass movement of people” to actualize the 3es.

Other highlights were:

A “Save Our Home” program developed by ninth grade students at Garden International School in Bangkok featured the students expressing their environmental hopes and plans for the future.

Jakchai Barlee, President of ENCO, who described the evolution and building of the first LEED Platinum level Certified Green Building in Southeast Asia, located at the PTT complex in Bangkok. The building represents a 40 percent savings in energy consumption.

Dr. Supachai Tantikorn, member of the advisory committee to the Bangkok Governor, reviewed the plans to make Bangkok a more livable and environmentally sound city. The plan focuses on five sectors: expand mass transit, promote renewable energy, improve buildings, improve the handling of solid waste and expand parks.

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