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Bangkok’s electricity consumption hits new record high

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Crowded downtown area in Bangkok

Bangkok’s electricity consumption surged to a new high of 29,680.3 megawatts on Saturday night due mainly to widespread use of air-conditioners of the residential sector

The peak power consumption which was registered at 9.35 pm on Saturday night broke the record set on May 11th 2016 at 10.28 pm when 29,618.8 megawatts of electricity were used.


Mr Roengchai Kongthong, deputy governor for transmission system of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand attributed the surge in power consumption to the high temperatures in Bangkok, averaging 32 degrees Celsius, which have forced most households to switch on their air-conditioners.

Mr Roengchai, however, assured that Egat, the country’s biggest power producer, has enough power reserves to meet the increasing power demand during the hot season.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecast that weather today in most parts of the country except in the southern region will be hot and up to very hot with maximum temperatures ranging from 40-44 degrees Celsius.

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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%).

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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.

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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.

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ASEAN takes on Circular Economy as part of priority agenda

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.

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