Politicians lecture on need for ‘green’ industry

Friday, 02 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 9 By  Warunya Thongrod

Local politicians are encouraging area business owners to invest in “green” technology to stimulate growth in environmentally conscious industries.

At a Feb. 17 “Green Industry Development” seminar at Pattaya City Hall, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Chonburi MPs Sansak and Poramet Ngampichet spoke about the need to develop environmentally sustainable industries and recited their contributions toward that goal.

(L to R) Faruk Wongborisuthi, member of Pattaya council, Dr. Ekarin Vasanasong, advisory to Pattaya’s mayor on policies and strategies of the environment and energy, Poramet Ngampichet, assistant spokesman for the Industrial Commission and Chonburi MP and Sansak Ngampichet, Chairman of Religion, Art and Culture Chonburi MP prepare to address the seminar. (L to R) Faruk Wongborisuthi, member of Pattaya council, Dr. Ekarin Vasanasong, advisory to Pattaya’s mayor on policies and strategies of the environment and energy, Poramet Ngampichet, assistant spokesman for the Industrial Commission and Chonburi MP and Sansak Ngampichet, Chairman of Religion, Art and Culture Chonburi MP prepare to address the seminar.

“To develop a sustainable industry, more attention should be given to the quality of the population, natural resources and environment,” Poramet said. “Therefore, the determination to develop green industry is one approach in sustainable and balanced development by holding onto environmental friendly operations. Citizens should have knowledge and understanding in the necessity of establishing businesses in this industry, for all sectors to participate and able to coordinate in the same direction, eventually, building a stable industry.”

Itthiphol said that while serving as mayor, he has helped boost Pattaya’s environment, citing garden-filled lane dividers on Sukhumvit Road, maintenance of two area parks, tree planting on Koh Larn and installation of power-generating windmills on the island.

Ekarin Vasanasong, an environmental policy advisor to the mayor, told the 300 entrepreneurs in attendance that many countries have made renewable energy a priority and said Thailand’s small foray into bio-gas generation was a positive step.

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