KECF Air Pollution Control Training Workshop [2023-11-29]
On 27 November 2023, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) in cooperation with the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Hub of Talents on Air Pollution and Climate (HTAPC), and National Research Council of Thailand organized the Korea-ESCAP Cooperation Fund (KECF) Air Pollution Control Training Workshop at Maruay Garden Hotel.
At the event, we were honored to have Dr. Pratip Vongbandit, Deputy Governor of R&D Group for Sustainable Development, TISTR and Dr. Preeti Soni, Head of the APCTT to give the welcome speech, and Ms. Woranuch Suaykhakhao, Deputy Director of the Environment Department, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to deliver the opening remarks. The training workshop was one of the activities under the project entitled "Enhanced capabilities to adopt innovative technologies for city air pollution control in selected countries of the Asia-Pacific" with the objectives to increase knowledge and understanding of Bangkok city officials and relevant stakeholders for the adoption and implementation of enabling mechanisms for innovative technologies in air pollution control, as well as to strengthen cooperation among participating organizations.
In the morning session, Dr. Suwit Auchariyamet, Director of the Expert Centre of Innovative Industrial Robotics and Automation, TISTR presented the overview of the project and the objectives of the training workshop. We began the technical part with the topic on "A recent study of atmospheric ultrafine particles (PM0.1) toward low carbon societies in Upper Southeast Asia; case study in Bangkok, Thailand" presented by Dr. Worradorn Phairuang, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geosciences and Civil Engineering, Institute of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University, Japan and "Review of air pollution problem in Bangkok" narrated by Dr. Supat Wangwongwatana, Director of HTAPC.
In the afternoon session, we continued with other three interesting topics on "Air quality (PM2.5) forecast for Bangkok and Districts" exemplified by Mr. Kantachai Paijityotee from HTAPC, "Air pollution reduction technology assessment for Bangkok" presented by Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul, Professor from the School of Environment, Resources, and Development, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and "Frequently asked questions during high PM2.5 season" lectured by Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sirima Panyametheekul, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. Finally, we ended the training workshop with conclusions and a closing speech by Dr. Suwit.
The workshop served as a platform for more than 150 participants from relevant organizations namely Environment and Sanitation Section from Bangkok district offices, Department of Environment, BMA, Pollution Control Department, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Automotive Engineering Bureau, Department of Land Transport, Thai Meteorological Department, Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Office of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Academic Center of Air Pollution Prevention and Management, Thammasat University, and AIT to exchange knowledge, share experiences and perspectives about policies and technologies for air pollution control for better people’s lives and sustainable environment.