The government is continuing on with initiatives to encourage low-carbon tourism and sectors based on the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model.
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to Deputy Secretary-General to the Prime Minister and Acting Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, has encouraged both the public and private sectors to organize tourism activities that reduce carbon emissions toward sustainable development.
The BCG model focuses on striking a balance between economic growth promotion and environmental conservation in order to maintain both the ecosystem and human security.
Mr. Anucha stated that the government has developed a “Environment Map” in order to increase the beneficial use of natural resources and mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as move Thailand toward a low-carbon society in all areas by 2027.
It has devised a strategy to manage national parks and natural tourist sites for sustainability and environmental protection, with the cooperation of many societal sectors, while encouraging low-carbon tourism.
The BCG model’s sustainable tourism strategy seeks to meet the goals of sustainable development while also preserving the fertility and productivity of the country’s natural resource base for future generations.
In terms of BCG industries, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) Secretary-General Narit Therdsteerasukdi stated that the government plans to modernize Thai industries in accordance with the BCG Economic Model and its goal of “Better and Green Thailand 2030.”
In this respect, he stated that entrepreneurs have been pushed to adapt to the changing global environment, particularly in terms of the utilization of renewable energy and digital technologies. Under the “smart and sustainable industry” strategy, the BOI has also announced investment promotion measures to encourage industrial upgrading.
Thailand plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 by boosting sustainable energy consumption to more than 50% by 2043. Clean energy legislation has been identified as a factor attracting international investors to invest in Thailand, particularly in electric vehicle (EV) manufacture. This policy also aims to encourage the usage of EVs under the BCG model, which leads to environmentally sustainable economic growth.