The Ministry of Science and Technology will adopt technological know-how from Japan to solve traffic problems and conserve energy in Thailand.
Science and Technology Minister Woravat Au-apinyakul said that his recent official visit to Japan was intended to help Thailand revamp its scientific foundation and adopt Japan’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) for local implementation.
The Science and Technology Minister hopes that the adopted technology and know-how will help ease the overcrowding conditions in the country’s roads, particularly in Bangkok.
He stated that less congested traffic conditions can effectively lead to fuel and energy conservation.
Mr. Woravat went on to say that the government will discuss with auto-giant Toyota Motor Thailand about a joint technological development in order to bring its traffic improvement project to fruition as soon as possible.
Thailand’s government has approved a future restructuring of the country’s vehicle excise tax for 2016 away from rates based on engine size to one dependent on the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions.
The new tax structure is due to take effect on January 1, 2016. The government is aware that car manufacturers were severely affected by last year’s floods, and are, at present, serving domestic demand, which has also been boosted by the government’s first-car scheme. However, it is anticipated that, from next year, exports will again become a major factor, and the new excise duties are designed to align Thailand’s automotive industry towards producing vehicles that meet global standards.
Disparity worsens ocean pollution
Most of the Thai marine waste is plastics led by plastic debris (12%), Styrofoam boxes (10%), food wrappers (8%), plastic bags (8%), glass bottles (7%), plastic bottles (7%), and straws (5%).
Ocean plastic pollution is threatening humanity and Thailand cannot escape the blame as one of the world’s worst marine polluters. Although the government has pledged to tackle marine pollution, one thing is certain. Success is out of reach if the state authorities fail to engage local communities as equal partners.(more…)
ASEAN takes on Circular Economy as part of priority agenda
The circular ‘reuse-reduce-recycle’ approach promotes a more efficient use of resources, thereby contributing to ASEAN Member States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
Today, ASEAN Secretariat conducted an online workshop on Circular Economy. The workshop gathered relevant sectoral bodies to discuss the draft Framework for Circular Economy for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is one of the priority economic deliverables for Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship this year.(more…)
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