The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) collaborates with Environmental Network launch “Environmental and Waste Management Expo 2023 (EnwastExpo 2023) “Join the movement towards a better planet”
On October 4, 2023, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), in collaboration with government and private environmental partners, has launched the “Environmental and Waste Management Expo 2023” (EnwastExpo2023) under the concept of “Join the movement towards a better planet”.
Miss Pimphattra Wichaikul, Minister of Industry, presided over the opening ceremony at the main stage of Hall 6, IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center with Dr.Chulphong Thaweesri, Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works; Assoc. Prof. Dr.Weris Amrapal, Governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand; Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Director-General of the Pollution Control Department; Mr. Kriangkrai Thiennukul, Chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI); and a network of environmental partners from both public and private sectors, the media participated in the activity stages at Hall 6 of the IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center.
Miss Pimpatra Wichaikul, Minister of Industry, stated that following the policy announcement by the Cabinet, under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Srettha Thavisin, on September 11th, 2023, the government intends to promote new economic development initiatives. These initiatives include the development of the digital economy, high technology, green industries, and national security sectors, as well as investment in research, technology, and innovation within the country.
These efforts aim to serve as a new driving force for the economy, enhance the country’s competitiveness, and facilitate the further development of special economic zones and economic corridors in all four regions to improve efficiency. Moreover, there will be a focus on urban development aligned with city plans that cater to the needs of the people, thereby spreading prosperity and economic activities across the regions.
The government remains committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will continue its Carbon Neutrality policy to position Thailand as a leader in ASEAN in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable development will provide significant opportunities for global trade, which is crucial for Thailand.
“Ministry of Industry has been working on reforms to transition towards Eco Industrial for Carbon Neutrality, aiming to raise the level “The industry is good. Living together with sustainable community”.
By establishing a four-dimensional framework for operations, we aim to achieve the following objectives: 1st Dimension: Achieving business success, 2nd Dimension: Ensuring the well-being of the community surrounding the industrial factory, 3rd Dimension: Prioritizing environmental care and transitioning to a green industry and 4th dimension: Promoting income distribution to improve people’s quality of life.
It will promote and support operations aligned with sustainable industrial goals, with a focus on environmental friendliness. This includes the establishment of a comprehensive system for the management, control, and responsible disposal of industrial waste that avoids any adverse impact on the community.
We are also committed to using alternative energy sources as we move toward embracing the concepts of the bioeconomy and the circular economy (Bio Circular Economy). These initiatives will drive the creation of a prototype zero-carbon industry (Zero Carbon Industry) in the next phase.”
Mr.Kriengkrai Thiennukul, Chairman of FTI, explained that the exhibition is a response to environmental changes, particularly the annual increase in the rate of waste generation. According to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Thailand produced approximately 27 million tons of waste in 2017, equivalent to 74,998 tons daily. Of this, 33 tons per year of industrial waste were hazardous, often mismanaged, and illegally disposed of. Therefore, addressing the problem requires proper waste management, an expansion of waste services, and the adoption of technology.
“In addition, Mr. Kriengkrai also elaborated on the theme of this exhibition, which is “Join the movement towards a better planet”. He discussed three key components:
- The source, which represents the generator of pollution and waste.
- Along the way, where government policies are needed to oversee and address the problem properly, ultimately leading to the creation of a balanced and sustainable environment.
- The destination, which involves individuals who will contribute to reducing, treating, and eliminating pollution and waste by utilizing technological tools for better management. This approach takes into account the value of investment and aims to reinvest profits into society.”
“FTI is committed to promoting the country’s economy through the Environmental Management Industry Club (EMIC), which supports overall industrial sustainability. We are prepared to apply innovations and technology to the waste management system to address environmental challenges sustainably,” stated Mr. Thiennukul.
Furthermore, Mr. Thiennukul elaborated on the exhibition’s theme, ” Join the movement towards a better planet,” which has three components including Upstreamer: The waste producer, Downstreamer: the waste manager, waste treatment, and disposal entities that adopt technology to enhance their systems cost-effectively while contributing to society and Middlestreamer: enforcing government policies to maintain practice standards, resulting in a sustainable and balanced environment.
Mr.Teerapol Tirawasin, President of Environmental Management Industry Club (EMIC) under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), announced that this marked the first initiative exhibition organized by EMIC, FTI with the received support from various environmental government and private organizations, including the Department of Industrial Works, Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, Pollution Control Department, Department of Local Administration, Department of Primary Industries and Mines, SCG, AMATA Facility, and the Thai Environmental Engineers Association.
This exhibition also commemorates the 20th anniversary of EMIC and aims to support the environmental management industry in Thailand without pursuing profit, with the goal of introducing new technologies for waste management at all levels, from industrial to community to household.
“For EnwastExpo2023, we support the transfer of environmental and waste management technology for the entire system which includes business matching activities, seminars on new knowledge and recent changing circumstances and presenting new communication technology and laws in Thailand. All of these are included in this expo for those who interest on this matter in particular.”, emphasized Mr. Tirawasin.
The expo is exhibited into 3 parts; the first zone exhibits new technology and innovation of environment and waste management including the exhibition of the original recycling innovation. The second zone includes the environment seminars such as “environment management in Thailand” and a special keynote on “the factory law and subordinate legislations enforced in 2023 for industrial waste generators”.
The third zone, lastly, includes business matching activities between the manufacturers, technology distributors, entry industrial waste generators and the customers of waste management and recycling.
It is expected to have visitors from government officials, management teams and private companies from over 40,000 factories, management and staff members from over 10,000 local administration offices across the country including academics, students and general visitors.
In total, it is estimated to have at least 10,000 visitors a day. In addition, there are over 300 deals from business matching activities, over 20 topics of seminars and workshops, innovation exhibitions from over 100 environmental companies and brands and mini concerts from famous artists everyday.
For those who are interested, everyone is welcome to attend the EnwastExpo2023 from October 4th to 6th, 2023 at Hall 6 of the IMPACT Arena, Exhibition & Convention Center.