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Thailand will have to balance economic, social and environmental concerns to achieve the country's climate change policy and related action plans, according to Phirun Saiyasitpanich, a senior official on climate policy at Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Mr Phirun made his comment at a seminar organised in collaboration with the World Bank.
The cost of solar energy is dropping faster than anyone expected and installations of it are skyrocketing. If this exponential growth continues, with solar and other renewables wiping out coal usage while accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, it’s conceivable greenhouse gas emissions could begin plummeting at rates needed to avoid the worst-case impacts of climate change.
By any standard, this has been a remarkable week for conversations about climate change. It started with a grim report from the International Panel on Climate Change, which warned that anything short of dramatic action could cause irreversible harm to the planet, lead to food shortages, and cost the world economy tens of trillions of dollars in damages in as few as 20 years.
Replacements for net energy metering, the controversial policy supporting distributed solar, have been debated nationally for years, but now sector leaders say some replicable models may be emerging. Net energy metering is the policy available in many states that compensates rooftop solar owners for the generation their solar arrays send to the grid.