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Introduction

It is indisputable that the warming trend of the planet is attributable to increased atmospheric GHG concentrations, which are predominantly caused by human induced activities1. This matter of concern has galvanised many government and private sectors, as well as legal and public entities to take action and harness the sheer power of using collective strengths, as well as raising public awareness to combat the intensifying impact of climate change2. The underlying reason is to fulfil the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC, which states that atmospheric GHG concentrations should be stabilised at a level that would alleviate the effect of climate change caused by anthropogenic activities3.

One of the most effective measures widely acclaimed to tackle the changing impact is to take the collective actions for the benefit of present and future generations which, if appropriately done with early and strong cooperate vision, would outweigh costs incurred by the delayed actions4.

In Thailand, the past few decades saw the rapidly growing energy consumption trend resulting from the acceleration in economic growth, and the energy sector alone accounts for highest share of GHG emissions – by more than three-fourth of the country’s total emissions5. Interestingly, the energy consumption in commercial buildings is found to be relatively high with a positive correlation between the level of energy use and the amount of GHGs emitted into the atmosphere. Moreover, a majority of the energy used in the country is largely derived from fossil fuel, which is regarded the main contributing factor to the adverse impact of climate change. It is obvious that the reduction of GHG emission via good practice in the commercial buildings sector using the energy saving method is far more effective and easier to achieve with low costs. It addresses the root cause of climate change by decreasing a certain quantity of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Accordingly, consistently high yields and other subsequent benefits are very likely to obtain and results are much faster to become more visible in the commercial buildings sector than those in other commercial sectors.

In this respect, encouraging organisations running businesses in the commercial front and other users (also workers whose activities could lead to the increase in GHG level) in the buildings is deemed necessary to cutting a good amount of GHGs. This would also help create measures and policies which stipulate what action (must) be taken and what kind of strategy (must) be used in order to prevent further deterioration of climatic and environmental conditions in the face of soaring energy demand and fuel prices, alongside the threatening climate change impact.

As a matter of this fact, the Carbon Reduction Certification for Buildings project is launched by shared visions and responsibilities and close collaboration between the Thai Business Council for Sustainable Development (TBCSD), Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) and Thailand Environment Institute (TEI). Following its prime objective of promoting the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy consumption in the commercial buildings sector as well as alerting people to the far-reaching impact of climate change, the project seeks to certify the quantification of emission reductions in the commercial buildings, and to ensure that energy-related activities in the O&M (Operations & Maintenance) phase of the buildings with controlled GHG emissions comply with the stated regulations and criteria. In addition, the certified emission reductions generated from this project will be a compelling evidence to drive commercial organisations to take decisive actions to create more energy saving policies so as to assist in the development of O&M phase. This would be of greater benefit if the space sharing within the buildings is to be prioritised and the opportunity given to users on equal terms to participate in the decision making and adopt the approved policies. However, the certified emission reduction process needs to be deliberately taken into consideration with mutual trust and efforts. In effect, this would allow all relevant organisations to accurately use information as well as to agree on the effective energy saving policies and measures, along with enabling actions for greater emission reductions in the near future.

 
  1. IPCC.  IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007.
  2. UNEP.  UNEP and Partners: United to Combat Climate Change 2009. Online at http://www.unep.org/pdf/081127_POZNANBKL_web.pdf [accessed 27/01/2010].
  3. UNFCCC.  United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Interim Arrangements, FCCC/INFORMAL/84 GE.05-62220 (E) 200705, 1992.
  4. Stern N.  The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. The Stern Review Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  5. TEI.   Thailand’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, 1990.