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Mrs. Kasemsri Homchean
, governor of the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research, discussed the focus of her institute. She observed that as a largely agricultural country Thailand had opportunities to develop alternative energy out of biomass and much of the institute’s research activities focus on this resource.

The “ Save our Planet Carbon Score Card was discussed by Dr. P. Abdul Salam, assistant professor at the Asian Institute of Technology and Daniel Schwartz, vice president, business development, Asean Affairs and TIME Green Consulting (parent company of Asean Affairs). The score card is an effort to serve companies looking to take their next step into the evolving eco-economy by auditing their energy mix and carbon footprint leading to sustainability.

The program hopes to work with 10 cities in four countries, starting with Rayong in Thailand, to develop carbon score cards and make recommendations.

Dr. Stefanos Fotiou, regional coordinator, resource efficiency, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), outlined “Green Investments in Asia” as a regional follow-up to the recently released UNEP “Green Economy Report.” The report concluded that, “Investing just 2 percent of global GDP into 10 key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.”

Following the individual reports, speakers addressed “The Quest for Clean and Green Energy” as a windup to the conference.

The panel discussion focused initially focused on “transition strategies” to clean and green energy and nuclear energy’s role in that transition was a hot topic.

Dr. Pricha Karasuddhi, Thai energy consultant, observed that many Asean countries approaching nuclear power lacked a basic understanding of it and for example, disposing of nuclear waste had not even figured in their initial plans.

He also noted that each Asean country had different structures in managing its energy and that in Thailand a switch to green energy would occur if “they can make money.”

It was also observed that different Asian countries had different carbon footprints as the parameters of their power grids differed and Swarup Roy noted that collaboration with governments was essential.

Panelist Tony Novak, Thailand general manager for Emerson, noted that one of the biggest aids to developing a green economy would be the dropping of governments’ subsidies to hydrocarbon power sources.

Dr. Achim Deja, member of the UN Global Compact and president, TIMA, Germany, stressed that the research and planning for green energy progress should “involve other countries” as this could expedite the development of green energy in Asia.

Future Save Our Planet Conferences are planned later this year in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Impressions from the 4th Save Our Planet Conference, Friday, March 18,
the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
The packed ballroom for the 4th Save Our Planet Conference, Friday, March 18, at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. Presentation by Mr. Jakchai Barlee, President of ENCO (LEED Platinum Certificated Green - ENERGY COMPLEX, PTT Participants join for a 1- minute silent prayer for the people of Japan who suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
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