|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
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.”
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
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