The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) and the Diplomatic Council (DC), a global think tank in consultative status with the United Nations, have decided to join forces for the electrification of road traffic in Thailand. This was announced at the Subcon Exhibition Thailand 2016 in Bangkok, by Ms. Dr. Ratchanee Wattanawisitporn, dep. Consul General of the BOI and Mr. Steef Korfker, Chairman of the DC E-Mobility Forum. The BOI hosted the largest trade mission so far to attract European investors to Thailand. The BOI-DC collaboration was the most important outcome of the mission, creating not only a massive potential for both European investors and local job opportunities, but also a big improvement of the air quality in Thailand and a reduction of CO2-pollution.
The timing is perfect
- After various attempts, the system of driving electric has grown mature; In Europe the network of charging facilities for electric cars is quickly growing and the E-car technique develops fast. The lessons learned in the west can be used in Thailand.
- Recently for the first time in history, it was discovered in Dubai that, depending on the size of a solar field, the energy price of solar power can be lower than from fossil feedstock.
- During the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha pledged a 20- to 25 percent CO2-reduction for Thailand by 2030. Among other measures, the use of electric road- and rail transport will play an important role to achieve that goal.
The Diplomatic Council E-Mobility forum will monitor all initiatives of COP21 participants regarding electric transport, offer assistance in the performance of plans and report to the United Nations.
Oscar Pudelko, Steef Korfker, Ms Ratchanee Wattanawisitporn, Rob Heijtink
Diplomatic Council Chairman Steef Korfker
DC Chairman Steef Korfker: “Till now we have looked inside the earth for our feedstock, with destructive consequences; in no time we have almost exhausted the global supply of energy, leaving a trail of pollution. That’s why it is now time to look up, instead of down for our power supply and what we’ll find is a limitless source of energy from the elements sun wind and water. Today the technique is at our disposal to generate power from these resources. The DC E-Mobility forum will now provide the missing link to convert renewable energy into transport: a global standard charge network and a general plan for each country to ban the use of fossil fuel as soon as possible.”
Dr. Ratchanee Wattanawisitporn, dep. Consul General of the BOI
The Thailand BOI values foreign investments in Thailand with an environmental purpose at least double; Dr. Wattanawisitporn: “Any investment in the Thai economy is welcome and will be rewarded, that is evident with a steady 2.8 economic growth over the last year. However, every initiative that serves both the economy as ecology is bound to pay so much more. On top of that, the auto industry is a very important pillar for the Thai economy, while many OEM’s have chosen to establish their business here. Now that technology allows us to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our national health, the choice is easy. We therefore encourage relevant industries to join the Thailand BOI – Diplomatic Council collaboration and start cleaning up!”