Dear readers,

The New Year is approaching fast and that means we can get some rest and reflect on what we have been done throughout the year and look forward to a better future. No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.

Although this issue is the last edition of the year, we are as always highlighting our events and activities as well as presenting special features. One of our interesting stories is described through the lens of Mr. Reinhold Elges, our Country Director of GIZ Thailand and Malaysia, who believes that “clean energy” will lead to better changes. He talks about living in Bangkok and driving to work on his own electric cargo bike. You can find the answers on how good it is and how it can save the environment in this issue. This might be a new choice for people living in Thai cities in the future! Please browse and enjoy!

Happy Holidays everyone! And don’t forget to take good care of yourself because COVID-19 is still continuing to spread around the world and around us!

Wishing everyone a SAFER and HAPPIER New Year!

Best regards,
Your newsletter team
HAI, B. Braun and GIZ provide alcohol gels to hospitals to fight COVID-19

The working group of the “Upscaling Sanitizing Production in Thailand and Promoting Hand Hygiene” project handed over 4,200 bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to support the Sena Hospital, Ayutthaya province in responding to COVID-19.
The project also supports low-income farmers of GIZ’s agriculture and food programme to have access to good quality hand sanitizer and information on how to protect themselves from COVID-19.
SOFTA-GEL alcohol hand rub, which is donated to hospitals, has been tested according to global testing standards EN14476 efficacy against enveloped viruses, which includes Coronavirus.
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GIZ - UNEP highlight the need for new consumption patterns through sustainability information
GIZ in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s One Planet Network organised a regional knowledge sharing event titled “Changing consumption patterns through sustainability information”.
The Government of Thailand has formulated policies to advance Green Public Procurement (GPP).
In the Thai GPP Phase 2, it is estimated that environmental benefit is valued at approximately 79 billion baht, and CO2 emission reduction accounts for around 11-million-tons CO2e for full implementation.

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New data-driven tool helps identify ‘Adaptation Actions’ in Thailand’s water sector
The ‘Adaptation Project Checklist’ is now available for Thai water agencies to classify which water management projects qualify as adaptation.
The tool will support national and international reporting of climate adaptation in the Thai water sector.

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DSPOT supports Thailand’s data management of domestic wastewater treatment plants
The DSPOT online database aims to monitor the operation of the public wastewater treatment facilities across the country.
It enables officials responsible for data collection and reporting to manage their data in a simpler, more user-friendly and systematic manner.
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) and GIZ conduct online training for stakeholders on how to properly use the programme.
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How can we have sustainable mobility between Lao PDR and Thailand in the COVID-19 pandemic era?
The Sustainable Design of Urban mobility in Medium-Sized Metropolitan Regions project supports cities in sustainable urban mobility development and cross-border cooperation in ASEAN.
The project focuses on the development of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and the establishment of ASEAN’s Metropolitan Transport Executives.
The project has a plan to implement the Vientiane-Nong Khai Cross-border Cable Car Project and is in the process of formulating a preparation study with the Cities Development Initiative for Asia.
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The Future of Electric Vehicles: Driving a vision towards sustainable development
ASEAN Sustainable Week invited mobility experts from Thailand and other countries to share experiences on sustainable mobility and how electrification, automated and shared mobility will revolutionise transportation in the future.
The rapid growth of climate change concerns has accelerated electromobility.
The Thai government plans to achieve 100% Electric Vehicle production by 2035.

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Training for greener public procurement
Each year, the Cambodian government spends between 20 and 40% of the national Gross Domestic Product on public spending. These purchases are mostly made on the basis of the lowest price without account being taken of the life cycle costs, the positive benefits and the environmental impact.
GIZ’s Proliferation of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia – the Next 5 Countries project has been working with the support of Thailand to assist policy reforms in Cambodia.
Parts of the support include providing training courses for government officers to understand the concept of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP), preparing an institutional set-up for SPP, and fostering knowledge sharing between countries.
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Bhutan brings sustainability into focus for public procurement
In Bhutan, a major chunk of the budget goes to public procurement. Yet, the lack of a legal framework and awareness of the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns is low within the government.
The Proliferation of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia – the Next 5 Countries project is collaborating with the relevant agencies in reviewing the Procurement Rules and Regulations (PRR) 2019 to make them more inclusive of Green Public Procurement (GPP) aspects.
The activities under this project include providing technical training courses for government officials to understand the concept of GPP and preparing an institutional set-up for GPP.
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Junior Advisor of Regional Cooperation Programme for TVET in ASEAN Project
Intern of Strengthening Regional Initiatives in ASEAN on COVID-19 Response and other Public Health Emergencies Project
Project Assistant of Collaborative Actions for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia (CAP SEA) Project
Maid of Market Oriented Smallholder Value Chains (MSVC) Project
Intern with a focus on agricultural database system of the Thai-German Climate Programme – Agriculture Component (TGCP-Agriculture)
Communication Intern of Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia (CASE) and the Thai-German Climate Programme -Energy Component (TGCP-Energy)
SRP Market Development Officer of the Mainstreaming Sustainable Rice through the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) project
Office Manager of the SCP Outreach – The Next Five and Collaborative Actions for Single-use Plastic prevention (CAP SEA) projects
Project Advisor Climate Issues - ASEAN AgriTrade
Accountant of GIZ Office Bangkok
Office Assistant / Driver of GIZ Office Bangkok
Field Extensionist of Building a Climate Resilient Potato Supply Chain through a Whole-farm Approach Project
Intern with a focus on communications and events of Rethinking Plastics – Circular Economy Solutions to Marine Litter Project
Project Assistant of Collaborative Actions for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in South-East Asia (CAP SEA) - Malaysia component
Programme Management Officer - Aligned Programmes and coordination with partners of the programme “Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia” or CASE
Project Advisor Climate Issues - ASEAN AgriTrade

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