At the end of this year, Thailand’s biggest and most comprehensive exhibition, the BOI Fair, will be back. Eleven years have passed since the last BOI Fair was held, and this year’s event, BOI Fair 2011, will mark a new ultimate, with every industry and business displaying products and technology.
This event is part of the celebrations of His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday.
BOI Fair 2011 will be held between 10 and 25 November 2011 at the Impact Exhibition Center, Muang Thong Thani, which adjoins Bangkok. The theme of the fair is “Going Green for the Future” in line with the Board of Investment’s new policy shift towards promoting investment for sustainable development.
The fair will be more than just a display of technology and innovative trends that point toward the future. It will also spotlight environment-friendly production methodologies, reflecting the industrial sector’s determination and readiness to protect the environment.
With this concept in mind, the BOI Fair 2011 has itself been organised to be environment-friendly, so that it will help to create awareness in Thai society of the importance of caring for the environment and conserving energy. The organizer aims to make this event Thailand’s first low-carbon fair.
Planning for BOI Fair 2011 has included measures that encourage both participating exhibitors and visitors to help reduce energy consumption or employ alternative energy sources to cut down on the quantity of greenhouse gases released into the environment.
All of the pavilions built on the shore of Muang Thong Thani Lake will be eco-friendly and energy-efficient, constructed from natural or recycled and recyclable materials. To reduce the use of conventional energy, solar and wind power will be employed. For instance, the roof of the Office Organizer Building will be covered with solar cells to provide solar power to fulfil some of its energy requirements. In addition, wind turbines set along the shore of the lake will power lighting for the lakeside exhibits after dark.
In addition, the BOI will encourage visitors to separate refuse into different types, like glass bottles, plastic bottles and bags, paper, wet garbage, etc., so that it can be more easily processed for reuse. Visitors will also be invited to plant trees. All of these activities will create awareness of the importance of preserving the environment.
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