Sustainability and climate
Climate change is a fact and our present use of natural resources is unsustainable. More and more people are starting to realize that we must severely change our ways of production and consumption in order to address these global challenges. Both Thailand and the Netherlands are countries with long coastlines, densely populated deltas and large agricultural exporters.
Thailand has an ambitious agenda in tackling climate change issues. Various national measures aimed at reducing plastic waste and to collect marine plastic debris. To achieve Thailand’s plan to reduce marine plastic debris by 50% by 2027, we believe in working together on a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and does not go away by itself. With the help of Thai authorities the Ocean Clean up Interceptor will be deployed in the Chao Praya River in Bangkok. The Dutch embassy is proud to assist The Ocean Cleanup in getting the interceptor here, and help stopping plastic entering the oceans via rivers.
Recognised as one of the top Electric Vehicle users in the world, the Netherlands is a leading player in the standardization and rollout of infrastructure for charging stations. Despite being a geographically small country, the Netherlands has the largest number of electric car charging points, around 80,000, on the European continent. The Dutch embassy in Bangkok itself generates electricity by its solar roof and has several charging stations on its own premises. Together with Thai government institutions the embassy explores how they can cooperate on energy transition and learn from each other.
Thailand and the Netherlands are working together in tackling climate adaptation. In 2021 they signed a memorandum of understanding for a closer cooperation on integrated water resources management and climate change adaptation. Both countries already have a long history of sharing knowledge on flood management.