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Plaudits for cutting carbon emissions 10%

In an attempt to accelerate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is collaborating with environmental institutes and private companies on carbon reduction certification for buildings.

The government and the private sector plan to use the certification to reward buildings that cut emissions to a certain level.

The campaign was officially kicked off at a seminar in Bangkok yesterday entitled "Cutting Carbon, Cutting Global Warming".

Recipients will be notified by Egat, the Thailand Green House Gas Management Organisation (TGO), the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Read more: Rewarding 'green' buildings

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Biogas projects make up most of 111 passed

Thailand has become one of the world's top 10 players in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects with 37 being registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Association (TGO) has so far approved 111 CDM projects with a combined capacity to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 6.95 million tonnes a year.

Of the total, 37 projects that altogether lower emissions by 2 million tonnes per year were endorsed by the UN agency, said TGO executive director Sirithan Pairoj-Boriboon.

Read more: Thailand moves into top 10 in CDM

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Land subsidence, not climate change, is the biggest factor causing tidal flooding, a researcher says.

Subsidence is the main cause of coastal tidal flooding and coastal line erosion along the upper Gulf of Thailand, says Thanawat Jarupongsakul, head of the unit for disaster and land information studies at Chulalongkorn University's science faculty.

Many people believe that climate change causes rising sea levels, which could one day inundate Bangkok and neighbouring provinces, he said.

Read more: Climate change danger 'exaggerated'

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