by Energy Minister Anantaporn Kanchanarat
Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2017 (SETA 2017) Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 9.00 hrs.
At Grand Hall 2nd Fl. BITEC Bangna
Deputy Prime Minister Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong,
Transport Minister Lieutenant General Arkhom Termpittayapaisith,
Science and Technology Minister Dr. Achaka Sriboonruang,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of the Ministry of Energy, I am very pleased that Thailand is hosting SETA 2017 (Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2017). Riding on the theme, “Towards a Low-Carbon Society,” the second edition of this conference is the result of the collaborative effort of government and private sectors to encourage and support a platform for showcasing Thailand’s potential to become a regional leader in energy. This event also demonstrates the country’s readiness, especially in terms of technology and human resources, to become a center for knowledge sharing on energy and sustainable energy development for Asia.
This year, the Ministry of Energy focuses on a mission in finding the solution for today’s challenges in energy, transportation fuels, electricity, fuels for heat recovery, as well as a generous support for relevant research projects and activities that meet the civil state policy and help secure the path to Thailand’s Energy 4.0.
At SETA 2017, the Ministry of Energy will take part in describing and discussing related policies and directions with leaders from government and private sectors, from local organizations and overseas, and all participants will set out how to operate in a consistent way. There will also be an exhibition considered as a tool to help the general public gain an easy access to and understand the role of energy in their daily lives.
However, a commitment to reducing power generation, household energy consumption, energy use in buildings, industrial and transportation sectors continues to be the core mission of the Ministry. An expected increase in reforestation, reduced use of fossil energy, energy market liberalization, the launch of energy development projects in 7,800 districts nationwide and the reduction of carbon footprint in conjunction with COP21 are also in the list of priorities.
On behalf of the Ministry of Energy, I am honored welcoming you to this event and believe SETA 2017 provides enthusiastic Thai and international attendees an inspiring atmosphere that helps create greater awareness of energy in all aspects.