The Public Health Ministry of Thailand is taking strides toward sustainability by embracing solar power and electric vehicles to combat energy consumption and address global warming.
Under the Ministry’s Smart Energy and Climate Action (SECA) policy, 1,855 agencies are mandated to install solar panels by the year’s end. These agencies include Provincial Public Health Offices, District Public Health Offices, regional hospitals, general hospitals, and community hospitals.
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, the ministry’s permanent secretary, anticipates annual electricity cost savings of 904.35 million baht and a reduction of 99,458 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Additionally, plans for next year include increased energy efficiency, electric vehicle adoption, eco-friendly building improvements, expanded green areas, and telemedicine adoption to reduce hospital outpatient visits. The ministry aims to follow up on progress and encourage outstanding agencies to serve as role models in SECA policy implementation.