Towards a sustainable energy future-exploring current barriers and potential solutions in Thailand

Sk Noim Uddin, Ros Taplin, Xiaojiang YU

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Renewable energy is considered an indispensable basis of sustainable energy systems as electricity generation from renewable sources results in low emissions of greenhouse gases compared to fossil fuel based electricity and contributes to sustainable development. However, effective strategies and conducive institutional settings are needed for advancement of such clean electricity systems. Although Thailand, as a nation, has a huge potential for renewable energy utilization, its total amount of electricity generation from renewables is relatively small and could be enlarged substantially. Lack of policy mechanisms, institutional development and financing exist as major barriers for Thailand in this regard. Investigation of the nation's current energy strategy implementation shows that relevant energy and development policies are at different stages of implementation and institutional settings are continuously evolving. This paper argues that further significant efforts could be made towards advancement of renewable electricity and thus achievement of energy sustainability in Thailand. Resource planning, effective policy and institutions, focussed planning for energy sustainability and implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol could facilitate further advancement of renewables for the nation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-87
Number of pages25
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

User-Defined Keywords

  • CDM
  • Policy
  • Renewable
  • Sustainable energy
  • Thailand


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