Thailand rises three places in WEF energy transition index

Published onApril 3, 2019

Thailand has risen to 51st rank out of 115 countries in the World Economic Forum (WEF) “Global Energy Transitions Index 2019”, Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan said. Siri said that this year, Thailand was preparing to push legal amendments and get rid of obstacles to attain a higher WEF rank. Thailand was ranked 54th last year. The improvement in ranking is a result of the WEF view that Thailand has energy stability without emitting too much greenhouse gas, he said, pointing out that Thailand has earned compliments for more use of renewable energy as the country’s main energy. Thailand has a plan to increase the use of renewable energy to 35 per cent of total energy used in the next 20 years from the current 14 per cent, Siri said. Besides, the country is moving towards power production from solar rooftops on residential units, the so-called people-sector solar power for the first time. Meanwhile, Thailand needs more development of energy human resources, particularly the 10,000-watt people-sector solar policy in the next 20 years and the future use of electric vehicles (EVs).