Technical Assistance for Air Quality Management in Thailand
What: Developing Technical Skills
- To assist in developing the Thai government’s environmental agencies’ and national utility’s skills in environmental control technologies for air quality management and the policies, regulations and public involvement necessary to successfully meet air quality standards and targets for the power sector
What: Developing Technical Skills
Following the success of the workshops delivered to Thailand’s Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (MOSTE) agencies and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in 1997 on developing and strengthening environmental and social management skills, the MOSTE and EGAT expressed a desire for additional assistance on more specific topics, mainly related to air quality management.
A fact-finding mission took place in May 2000 to reassess the needs of the Thai counterparts. The technical assistance was provided both through training and technical exchange visits to GSEP member countries. Eight training workshops in Thailand and three technical exchange visits took place.
Among the eight training activities, five covered air quality issues: air quality monitoring, air quality policies and regulations, environmental control technologies, air quality modeling and acid deposition. Two training activities were related to public involvement and social impact assessment. A first workshop focused on public involvement policies, processes and methods. A second workshop completed the first by reviewing public involvement tools and techniques and social impact assessment. Another training activity covered issues related to environmental noise. Finally, the technical exchange visit activities gave a chance to participants to see the covered issues applied in real context. The following is a list of the training and technical visits completed:
- Air Quality Monitoring Workshop – delivered in March 2001 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Environmental Noise Workshop – delivered in May 2001 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Public Involvement: Policies, Processes, and Methods Workshop – delivered in June 2001 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Air Quality Monitoring Technical Exchange to Kansai facilities in July 2001
- Public Involvement: Tools and Techniques Workshop – delivered in November 2001 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Environmental Noise Technical Exchange to Enel facilities in November 2001
- Environmental Control Technologies Workshop – delivered in January 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Air Quality Modelling Workshop – delivered in March 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Acid Deposition Workshop – delivered in May 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Air Quality Policies & Regulations Workshop – delivered in May 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand
- Technical Exchange on Air Quality Monitoring/Acid Deposition to AEP facilities in June 2002
Each workshop training was attended by 25 to 50 participants from relevant departments of the MOSTE and EGAT. The MOSTE nominated selected individuals to participate in the technical exchanges. The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment expressed their satisfaction with this capacity-building program that was designed to fit local requirements, highlighting how the program helped to advance knowledge and increase capacity of Thai officials to manage the local air quality and noise program more effectively.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and express our sincere appreciation for your support and assistance to the Pollution Control Department of Thailand. This project provided us with a lot of useful knowledge and technical information to apply in air quality and noise management in Thailand.”Supat Wangwongwatana, Deputy Direct General, Pollution Control Department, MOSTE
Participating members and partners
- Kansai Electric Power
- Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment (MOSTE) of Thailand
- Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT)