Energy & Environment Committee
The Energy & Environment Committee provides a forum for AMCHAM member companies to discuss issues related to the energy business in Thailand and actively advocate for energy related policies, laws and regulations that increase competitiveness and promote the free market concept for the energy sector.
The Committee’s focus areas include: energy policy and regulatory changes (upstream, downstream, alternatives); Power Development Plan (PDP)/DMF Strategic Plan update; energy outlook (regional); third party access for energy infrastructure; safety and environmental issues.
The committee continues building capability among member companies while also promoting strong partnerships across all AMCHAM committees.
Key objectives in 2017 included focusing on “Energy Efficiency and Security,” improving the understanding of key changes related to energy and environmental policies, regulations and landscape (Energy Reform and energy supply and demand), new technology, and increasing the awareness of the potential impact of a global economic slowdown on Thailand’s economy and the energy outlook. The committee also continues advocating for implementation of critical energy and environmental regulations that impact Thailand’s competitiveness.
The committee continued working with other committees to organize activities to meet these key objectives. The committee kicked off with a planning session and then co-hosted a presentation with the Business Economics Committee given by the Monetary Policy Director of the Bank of Thailand to discuss perspectives on Thailand’s economic outlook and the 2017 economic policy. Then, the committee invited the President & Founding Member of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) to speak about the global trend of electric vehicle technology and give an update on the recent Electric Vehicle policy and investment packages in Thailand. The committee also hosted the Deputy Director General of the Department of Mineral Fuels, who provided an update on the country’s oil and gas exploration and production business and its challenges, windows of opportunities and LNG trends. The last luncheon featured Dr. Richard Frankel and his team, who talked about the Economic Evaluation of Hydropower Projects in the Lower Mekong Basin.
Mongkolnimit Auacherdkul, Esso
Pairoj Kaweeyanun, Chevron
Committee Coordinator: Khun Pen