Ep.49 ENERGY TRANSITION TO CUT GREENHOUSE GASES
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"First on air 11 June 2022"

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations launched its sixth in a series of assessment report in August 2021, and issued a “code red” for humanity, highlighting the immense risks to the planet and billions of people if we do not slash the carbon emissions and try to maintain the rising of global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the mean temperature from pre-industrialization era. To do so, we need to scale up electric vehicles, and transition to greener buildings, industry, land, and cities. And among all other approaches, energy transition is required. This means the global energy sector will need to move away from fossil fuel-based energy production, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, and move toward renewable energy in order to achieve zero carbon by the second half of the century. In Southeast Asia, fossil fuels, particularly oil and natural gas, make up more than half of the region’s energy supply, of which natural gas contributed the largest share of the power generation mix by energy source. For Thailand, the country plans to increase renewables share to up to 32 percent in its generation mix by 2036. Guests in this episode are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattaraporn Kim of Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University and Dr. Sittisak Sugsaisakon, a Ph.D. graduate from the Environment Development and Sustainability Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University.