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.
ASEAN is undergoing a phase of sustained economic growth and human development. Urbanization and industrialization will lead to greater per capita material consumption of all types, including energy, and the region will face challenges relating to energy security, investment, energy access and environmental sustainability.
The evidence is getting harder to dispute. Clean energy can provide 100 per cent of society’s electricity needs. Current renewable energy technology is reliable 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and industries’ insistence on using coal and other polluting sources no longer has a basis. Why does Southeast Asia continue to be a global laggard in renewable energy deployment?
Thailand's energy reform plan is ready for implementation, with an emphasis on deregulating the electricity sector and enhancing competitiveness among private operators. The new version aims for open and free private participation in the energy sector and deregulation of all aspects over the next two decades, as the country's policymakers tackle the unavoidable impact of disruptive technology.
Lithium-ion batteries have become essential for powering electric cars and storing energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines. But their drawbacks are also by now familiar: They use scarce minerals, are vulnerable to fires and explosions, and are pricey. A plentiful, safe and more affordable alternative would be worth a lot.