THAILAND - Thailand must lay more emphasis on energy efficiency in buildings in order to create a healthy city environment for its citizens, and to meet the goals of the 20-year Energy Efficiency Development Plan (EEDP), experts said on Tuesday.
They were participating in the "German-Thai Technology Conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Thailand", conducted by the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and the German International Cooperation agency.
In the Kingdom, the building sector accounts for about 25 per cent of total energy use, especially commercial buildings, such as hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, supermarkets and offices, which consume between 30 to 70 per cent of energy within the sector.
There lies a great potential for energy savings, for example, through modern air-conditioning and cooling technology, and energy-management systems, according to the GTCC.
"In this connection, the Energy Ministry launched the EEDP in 2011 aiming to achieve a reduction of final energy intensity by 25 per cent in 2030. The building sector can contribute significantly to this ambitious but not unrealistic target," the chamber said in a statement.
Besides, Thailand needs to create more green areas so that its residents can enjoy better health and more natural beauty, said Atch Sreshthaputra, assistant professor at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Architecture.
"You can see that Singapore even has a lot of green area. Singapore has 66 square metres of green area per capita. I mean, for one person, it has 66 square metres of green area. Can you imagine how much we have in Bangkok?" he asked.
"We only have 3 square metres of green area per capita. We are among the lowest countries in Asia in terms of green area per capita. The World Health Organisation recommends that there should be 10 square metres of green area per capita, so that we don't have air pollution," he said.