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         EGAT joined the opening ceremony of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and showcased the success of the Green Learning Room Project at the conference in Katowice, Poland.

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         On December 3, 2018, EGAT with representatives from Thailand joined the opening ceremony of the COP24 to the UNFCCC under the concept of “Changing Together” which conveys the intention to collectively and seriously change the activities that cause climate change issues. The meeting will be held from December 3 - 14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland.

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         In the official opening ceremony, Mr. António Guterres, Secretary - General of the United Nations mentioned the cooperation of countries worldwide to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission which is an issue that has not been given enough priority, and if not managed quickly, the rise of the average temperature will cause the polar ice to melt, severe storms, and will affect terrestrial and aquatic creatures.

         In this meeting, every country has the same ultimate goal which is to maintain the rise of the average global temperature of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (compared to before the industrial revolution). To maintain the average global temperature goal, each country must implement activities to reduce greenhouse gas 5 times more than usual. Moreover, the objective of the meeting is to establish the Paris rulebook (Katowice rulebook) or regulations/principles to reduce greenhouse gas according to the Paris Agreement as a practical guideline for each country to follow. The aim is for member countries to achieve Net Zero Emission by 2093.

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         Mr. Narumit Kiniman, EGAT’s Director of Project Environment Division said that as the representative of the power generation sector of Thailand under the Ministry of Energy, EGAT has implemented concrete greenhouse gas reduction projects and measures continuously since 2006 according to 4 main measures comprising electricity generation from renewable energy, clean technology power plant, improvement of power plant efficiency, and setting standards for Energy Efficiency Label No. 5 which reduced the country’s greenhouse gas more than 4.39 million tons by 2017 (higher than the set goal which was to reduce 4 million tons by 2020). Moreover, to help Thailand achieve the goal of greenhouse gas reduction, EGAT has started the Green Learning Room and Community Project. EGAT with the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) encouraged the youth to conserve energy leading to projects such as Green Learning Room Project, Low Carbon School Project, a learning center on energy and environmental conservation, and Energy Efficiency Label No. 5 Community. The schools and communities that participated in the project saved energy 8,876,490.54 kWh, reduced CO2 emission 4,790,513.12 kg CO2, and decreased the overall electricity cost 41,225,159.09 Baht.

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         “At the COP24 in 2018, EGAT is preparing to showcase our concrete success of Green Learning Room and Community Project under the name “Green Learning Room Project: Sustainable Energy and Environmental Conservation Awareness in Thailand” with representatives from OBEC and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) to join in the conference. The Green Learning Room Project helps the youth prepare for climate change, and it is another type of achievement for EGAT which helps Thailand reduce greenhouse gas emission sustainably,” said EGAT’s Director of Project Environment Division.