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AseanAffairs Magazine March - April 2011
CONTENT • ASEAN TECH
• ASEAN CORPORATE STRATEGY • ASEAN TRAVELLER
• ASEAN ENERGY

• BEYOND ASEAN

• ASEAN ENVIRONMENT INSIDE OUT
• ASEAN MONEY  • THE AWAKENING
 • ASEAN TALK      • SAVE OUR PLANET IV

 

 

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Swarup Roy opens the 4th Save Out Planet Conference in Bangkok.
A moment of silence was observed by those at the conference for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Sponsors and Partners at the 4th Save Our Planet Conference, Friday, March 18, the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.

  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, in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis which brought added urgency and importance to the event.

Save Our Planet is a global series of forums focusing on addressing the challenges of global warming and reducing humanity’s carbon footprints. In 2010, the first two Save Our Planet Forums were held in Bangkok with a third in Kuala Lumpur. The series again kicks off in Bangkok in 2011.

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 3e’s.

At the start of the conference, a 1-minute period of silence was observed for the Japanese people. A donation was collected 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 3e’s: Energy, Economy, Evolution.”

                                             First Keynote

The first keynote address was presented by Dr. Supachai Tantikom, a member of the advisory committee to the Governor of Bangkok. In his address titled,” Bangkok Big Tree Campaign: Greening the Big Mango,” he outlined the programs and progress that is making the city of 10 million greener.

He said that Bangkok’s area is approximately 1,500 square kilometers divided into 50 districts. The population is 9 to 10 million inhabitants with a population density of 3,640 persons per square kilometer, averaging 1.5 meters of rain, with a temperature range of 15-39 degrees Celsius.

He said the number of days with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees was rising as well as the rainfall, which totaled 1600 millimeters in 2009. The health risks in the city include dengue fever and influenza, and the sea level is rising 1.3 centimeters a year. Bangkok is on the Chao Phraya River which flows approximately 64 kilometers into the Gulf of Thailand.

Dr. Supachai said that in 2007 Bangkok had recorded 42.65 tons of greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions and that it was projected that this would reach 48.69 tons in 2012 but with the intervention of the five-year action plan instituted by Bangkok there would be a 15 percent reduction to 38.94 tons and CO2 emissions would be reduced by 5.53 million tons.

Bangkok has adopted a five-point plan to reduce CO2 emissions. The initiatives are: expanding mass transit, use of renewable energy, improvement of building energy efficiency, improvement of solid waste and wastewater technologies and expansion of parks................





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