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          NAMA Facility gave support fund to Thailand through EGAT to promote the development of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technologies in order to help achieve the targets for energy consumption reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, which was committed at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change.

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          On December 20, 2017, Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT's Deputy Governor - Power Plant Development, and Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of RAC NAMA of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Thailand, attended the signing ceremony of the grant agreement of the RAC NAMA project, along with Mr. Pattarakit Techasikarn, EGAT’s Assistant Governor - Finance, who reported the background and purpose of the project. Representatives from different sectors joined in the ceremony, such as Mr. Colin Sike of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Thailand, Mr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), and representatives of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Promotion as well as related EGAT officers at Kasem Chatikavanij Convention Hall, T.040 Building, EGAT Headquarters.

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          Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor - Power Plant Development said EGAT was honored to receive and manage the RAC NAMA Fund. In the past, EGAT has operated with an awareness to environmental care and social responsibility. The RAC NAMA project shows EGAT’s determination to participate with all sectors in order to care for and preserve our planet. The project will help Thailand achieve the target to reduce the country’s greenhouse gases 7 - 20 percent by 2020, and 20 - 25 percent by 2030. The use of new technologies in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, and the promotion of high-efficiency and eco-friendly refrigerant are consistent with EGAT’s vision “Innovate Power Solutions for a Better Life.” It is thanks to ONEP, GIZ and EGAT officers who have continued to support and participate in the project.

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          Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of GIZ Thailand said the support fund from the RAC NAMA Fund will be used to implement financial incentive measures in both sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production and use of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioners and refrigerators for producers, consumers at the household level, and small and medium-sized businesses, including the service sector such as training and testing equipment. Therefore, the RAC NAMA Fund is an opportunity to develop green technology along with developing the competitiveness of Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

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          RAC NAMA is one of the first projects in Thailand and Southeast Asia to receive support fund from the NAMA Facility by the German and British governments. GIZ was commissioned to work in partnership with the Thai government, which includes Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). The project’s implementation period is five years. Furthermore, the “RAC NAMA Fund” was established with the amount of 8.3 million euros (around 320 million baht) with EGAT as recipient on behalf of Thailand. The objective is to help Thailand achieve the target for energy consumption reduction according to the country’s Energy Efficiency Plan, and to achieve the target for greenhouse gas reduction, which was committied at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, by reducing the country’s greenhouse gases appropriately through the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.