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Thai low-carbon island may adopt China's model


09:03, March 13, 2012

BANGKOK, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The resort island of Samui in the South of Thailand was selected by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) to be the first island to pioneer modeling low carbon lifestyle with the possibility of adopting China's Tianjin model, said an official of the Ministry of Energy on Monday.

The low carbon island is part of the plan to cut Thailand's energy use by 45 percent by 2035, state media Thai News Agency quoted Weerawat Chantanakome, energy policy planning councilor for the ministry, as saying.

It is possible that Samui Island may adopt the model of China's Tianjin, APERC's first low carbon city but the study for an appropriate model of a low carbon society is needed due to the discrepancy in investment funds between China and Thailand, he said.

The campaign will cover both private and public transportation.

Researchers and experts will be sent by the APERC this week to stay on the island for six months in order to conduct a study on energy use, with local residents participating. After the study is completed, the results will be given to the cabinet with the researchers' recommendations.


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