Biomass Burning: The Economic Impacts and Potential Solutions to Reduce PM 2.5 Levels in Thailand

Biomass Burning: The Economic Impacts and Potential Solutions to Reduce PM 2.5 Levels in Thailand

On April 29, to over 20 Members, AMCHAM’s Food and Agri-Business held the event Biomass Burning: The Economic Impacts and Potential Solutions to Reduce PM 2.5 Levels in Thailand. Committee Co-Chair Benjamin Schulte introduced the speaker, Dr. Veerachai Tanpipat, as he gave an in-depth review of the air quality issues facing Thailand.

Dr. Veerachai began his presentation by discussing the different reasons and purposes for biomass burning, the burning of living or dead vegetation, in South East Asia. He noted that the reasons varied in many of the countries but mostly all stemmed from agricultural needs. Biomass burning affects the region in severely negative ways in terms of air quality. More data is needed from all nearby nations to see the full extent of air quality issues in Thailand.

After giving an overview of the situation in Thailand, he noted different factors that hinder the process of effectively combating poor air quality in the Kingdom. These included educating people living in both urban and non-urban environments to healthy life practices. in He discussed the need for more cooperation on a governmental level in order to combat the air quality issues effectively. Dr.Veerachai suggested that continuing with developing cooperative relationships across borders could mitigate the ill effects of poor air quality in the future.

The event ended with a question-and-answer session where attendees inquired about different ways the government has addressed this situation. The speaker’s presentation and a video of the event is available on the AMCHAM Member Portal.

 

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