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         EGAT and TDEM regional headquarters in Thailand, under the vehicle manufacturing company, Toyota, collaborated on the study of electric vehicle promotion towards zero carbon mobility and complete battery waste management under a 1-year time frame in order to drive Thailand towards a sustainable low carbon society and solve environmental problems and climate change at the global scale.


         On October 5, 2020, Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, Deputy Governor - Strategy of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and Mr. Tatsuya Hayakawa, Executive Vice President of Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TDEM) signed the memorandum of understanding to develop a sustainable low carbon society for potential cooperation between Thailand’s public sector and the world's leading private sector agencies in response to environmental problems and climate change at the 18th Floor Meeting Room, T.103 Building, EGAT Headquarters in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi Province.


         Dr. Jiraporn Sirikum, Deputy Governor - Strategy of EGAT said, apart from overseeing the country’s electricity generation for the highest benefit, EGAT also gives importance to the concept of ‘Sustainable Development’ to support low carbon society for the sustainability of the country’s economy, society, and environment. Moving forward another step, the Joint Study Committee will be established to develop a sustainable low carbon society. The MOU covers the promotion of electric vehicles which includes the study of potential locations to install charging stations in support of the green transportation policy, and the study of complete battery waste management using 3R: Rebuilt, Reuse, and Recycle under a 1-year time frame. The objective is to study business opportunities with social and environmental responsibility as well as promote country resource management for the highest benefit according to the economy. The study results will widely expand for the benefits of the organization, country, and people.


         Mr. Tatsuya Hayakawa, Executive Vice President of TDEM said, Toyota is one of the organizations which drive business according to guidelines for promoting sustainable development under the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 promoting new hybrid electric vehicles which release zero carbon dioxide. It is one of the goals which Toyota gives importance to and has executed rapidly. Moreover, TDEM must be confident that the battery waste of electric vehicles which have expired will be managed efficiently. In order for the goal to succeed, it will require cooperation from many parties, both the public sector and the society.