About the Project
Climate change has been recognized as a threat to Thailand, which was the ninth hardest-hit country by extreme weather events between B.E. 2536 and 2555. Despite the efforts made to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the country is the world’s 19th largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) releasing 327 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in B.E. 2556.
Thailand has rectified the Stockholm Convention of Persistent Organic Pollutants on 31 January 2548. In terms of the release of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a report from Greenpeace International on the industrial releases of POPs and other harmful chemicals in the Chao Phraya Basin underlined the seriousness of the current situation. This is confirmed by a study that collected a total of 300 surface water samples in 31 locations along the Chao Phraya River and concluded that higher PFOS concentrations were measured in more industrialized and more densely populated areas.
The Ministry of Industry by the Department of Industrial Works has been assigned to mobilize the eco-industrial town together with the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand and other relevant sectors for example the Federation of Thai Industries. The concept of eco-industrial development focuses on the resource efficiency to reduce wastes, GHG emission and release of harmful chemical as well as the promotion of industrial symbiosis and industry-urban symbiosis.
The Department of Industrial Works has collaborated with United Nations Industrial Development Organization together with other project partners consisting of the Pollution Control Department, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, the Federation of Thai Industries, and Kasetsart University to request the grant from Global Environment Fund and to execute this project. The project aims to reduce GHG emission and safe disposal of POPs by applying the concept of resource efficiency, green chemistry and industry-urban symbiosis under the mobilizing of eco-industrial development.
The project is executed and supervised by:
The project supports Thai industries through the comprehensive capacity building program and various demonstration projects. The following companies have already committed to collaborate with the project to reduce the GHGs emission.
The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), as well as releases of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other harmful chemicals from industries and urban centers through the application of industry-urban symbiosis and green chemistry technology.
2020 to 2025
The project is officially started on 1 September 2020. There are 4 components in the project with the following key outputs.
Component 1 Policy development
Component 2 National capacity building and awareness raising on industry-urban symbiosis and POPs
Component 3 Pilot demonstration of cleaner production, new POPs management and industry-urban symbiosis
Component 4 Development of national eco-industrial development framework and its supporting system
Eco-industrial Development Division
6th F., Department of Industrial Works
75/6 Rama 6 Rd., Ratchathevi, Bangkok, 10400 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 202 4143
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
5th F., Department of Industrial Works Building
57 Phrasumen Rd., Banglamphoo, Pranakorn Bangkok, 10200 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 280 8691