Thailand has been granted $5 million (£3.8m) by the World Bank in support of reducing the import and use of ozone-depleting chemicals and protecting the climate.
The country is one of the world’s 10 largest importers and consumers of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), according to the Bank.
The project will help refrigeration and air conditioning technicians maintain and install ozone and climate-friendly cooling appliances and equipment and support skills training for government agencies.
These activities are expected to indirectly improve energy efficiency in cooling applications, which will contribute to a reduction in emissions and decreased peak demand for electricity.
The grant from the World Bank’s Ozone Projects Trust Fund is supporting the second phase of Thailand’s HCFC Phase-out Project from 2020 to 2023.
Birgit Hansl, World Bank Country Manager for Thailand said: “Thailand’s success in reducing HCFCs is a testament to its commitment to embrace green industry and effectively address climate change.
“Through our strong partnership, Thailand has made great strides to phase out ozone-depleting substances, avoiding emissions of the equivalent of 38 million tons of carbon dioxide, analogous to taking eight million passenger cars off the road or shutting down 10 coal-fired power plants.”