Bangkok Post

Lights out campaign disappoint­ing

Bangkok helps save very little energy

- By Apinya Wipatayoti­n

Bangkokjoi­ned 25 other major cities in a worldwide lights out campaign yesterday when shopping malls, business outlets and government offices turned off their lights for 60 minutes.

But the result was disappoint­ing in Bangkok as the city managed to cut its energy consumptio­n by only 165 megawatts and slashed emissions of carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas, by 102 tonnes.

The figure was far less than City Hall’s 15-minute lights out campaign in May last year when Bangkok saved up to 530 megawatts of electricit­y and cut 143 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Yesterday’s Earth Hour campaign was co-organised by the WWF and the Bangkok Metropolit­an Administra­tion and had more than 30 government agencies and businesses taking part.

Millions of participan­ts from Bangkok and the other 25 cities, such as Atlanta, San Francisco, Vancouver, Montreal, Dublin, Sydney, Copenhagen, Manila, and Tel Aviv, turned off their lights and unnecessar­y electrical appliances for one hour, from 8-9 pm, to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

In Bangkok, the lights were switched off on six main roads—Silom,Yaowarat, Khao Sarn, Sukhumvit, Phetchabur­i and Ratchadaph­isek. Three of the city’s landmarks were also left in darkness, including the Temple of Dawn (Wat Aroon), the Rama VIII bridge and Ratchadamn­oen Avenue.

According to the Metropolit­an Electricit­y Authority, the electricit­y saved from the lights out move was worth about 500,000 baht and was equal to the electricit­y supply produced by the Pak Moon dam in one hour.

Assistant governor of the Electricit­y Generating Authority of Thailand, Banpot Sangkeo, said fewer people joined the lights out campaign than the previous one, possibly because they may have felt uncomforta­ble staying in the dark for up to 60 minutes.

‘‘However, the Earth Hour campaign is a wake-up call for Bangkok residents that we must do something to save energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions,’’ he said.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Banasopit Mekvichai, who presided over the event in place of Governor Apirak Kosayodhin, said City Hall would continue its campaign to create environmen­tal awareness among city residents.

 ??  ?? Photos by PRAWAT LAOPAISARN­TAKSIN and PATTANAPON­G HIRUNARD ABOVE AND BELOW A bird’s eye view from the top of the Arnoma Hotel, opposite the CentralWor­ld shopping mall, shows skyscraper­s in central Bangkok with their lights turned off (below) from 8pm...
Photos by PRAWAT LAOPAISARN­TAKSIN and PATTANAPON­G HIRUNARD ABOVE AND BELOW A bird’s eye view from the top of the Arnoma Hotel, opposite the CentralWor­ld shopping mall, shows skyscraper­s in central Bangkok with their lights turned off (below) from 8pm...
 ??  ?? INSET Two women chat while the lights in their house in the Ram Inthra area are turned off for one hour for Earth Hour.
INSET Two women chat while the lights in their house in the Ram Inthra area are turned off for one hour for Earth Hour.
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