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Mr. Chaiy­ong Puapongsakorn, Gov­er­nor of the

Metropoli­tan Elec­tric­ity Author­ity (MEA), to­gether with Mr. Pra­song Kumpra­dit, As­sis­tant Gov­er­nor of MEA, ac­cepted the Green Lead­er­ship Award at the Asia Re­spon­si­ble En­ter­prise Awards 2018. MEA, the only gov­ern­ment util­i­ties or­ga­ni­za­tion in Thai­land to re­ceive an award at the event, re­ceived the ac­co­lade for its im­ple­men­ta­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tally-re­spon­si­ble poli­cies, which em­pha­size on the de­vel­op­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in­no­va­tions from the “Smart Metro Poles for Thai­land’s Coastal Pro­tec­tion Project.”

Un­der this project, the MEA re­cy­cled elec­tric­ity poles from the con­ver­sion project of the over­head pow­er­lines to un­der­ground power cables to form a coastal ero­sion bar­rier at Bang Khun Thian. The award pre­sen­ta­tions were held on June 1, 2018 at the Manila Mar­riott Ho­tel, Manila, Philip­pines.

The MEA Gov­er­nor re­vealed that MEA is the only pub­lic util­i­ties or­ga­ni­za­tion in Thai­land to have won the Asia Re­spon­si­ble En­treprise Awards in the Green Lead­er­ship cat­e­gory. The award rec­og­nizes the suc­cess of the con­cept of re­cy­cling old power poles to pre­vent coastal ero­sion at Bang Khun Thian. At present, the MEA is con­tin­u­ing to im­ple­ment its un­der­ground project in the metropoli­tan area. Most re­cently, the project was un­der­taken along Pha­holyothin, Phay­athai, Sukhumvit, Sri Ayud­hya, Ratchaprarop and Rama 1 Roads, which are all in the heart of Bangkok. MEA de­liv­ered 1,344 power poles to the Bangkok Metropoli­tan Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BMA), to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of a coastal ero­sion bar­rier for Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thian dis­trict and to pro­mote re­for­esta­tion in line with royal con­cepts.

Within the next five years, MEA aims to de­liver 10,000 un­used power poles to de­velop a coastal bar­rier at Bang Khun Thian of about 4.7 km in length as well as an ad­di­tional 5,000 poles to the Royal Thai Navy to pre­vent ero­sion in the vicin­ity of Phra Chu­la­chomk­lao Fort in Sa­mut Prakan prov­ince.

The MEA’s power poles are con­structed from con­crete with a us­able life­time of around 30 years, or around 30 times more than a stan­dard bam­boo pole. Re­in­forced with steel wire, the poles are also flex­i­ble, able to bend by around 7-8 cm and re­sist lat­eral loads of up to 3.5 met­ric tons, ef­fec­tively dis­si­pat­ing the strength of tidal cur­rents and pro­mot­ing sed­i­men­ta­tion and the growth of saplings be­hind the bar­rier. The bar­ri­ers also foster the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment with a re­turn of many species of aquatic an­i­mals and birds, and im­proved chances of sur­vival.

The MEA aims to com­plete a to­tal of 214.6 km of un­der­ground Project by the year 2021. To date, 43.5 km or 20.3 per­cent of the to­tal has been com­pleted. How­ever, in 2018, the MEA still plans to un­der­take more work on Wire­less Road, an im­por­tant eco­nomic area of the city, and is con­sid­er­ing other ar­eas too.

Or­ga­nized by En­ter­prise Asia, an or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to the sup­port of cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, the Asia Re­spon­si­ble En­ter­prise Awards (AREA) are now in their 10th year. The awards sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of en­tre­pre­neur­ial po­ten­tial in Asia for sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, rec­og­nize or­ga­ni­za­tions across the sev­eral cat­e­gories of awards, and set pos­i­tive ex­am­ples for up-and-com­ing en­trepreneurs. Awards are pre­sented in six cat­e­gories: Green Lead­er­ship Award, In­vest­ment in Peo­ple Award, Health Pro­mo­tion Award, So­cial Em­pow­er­ment Award, Cor­po­rate Gov­er­nance Award, and Re­spon­si­ble Busi­ness Lead­er­ship Award.

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