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Ratchaburi Holding reinforces its comprehensive practices to stop global warming with its latest initiative of planting trees in upstream forests to create carbon sinks

According to Mr. Pongdith Potchana, Chief Executive Officer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PLC, “We are concerned about the global warming issue, which is becoming increasingly critical. As a corporate citizen of Thailand, we are also aware of the importance of reducing CO2 emissions in order to protect and conserve natural resources and the environment. We have made direct and indirect efforts to protect the environment on an earnest and continual basis since 2007, with an objective to reduce CO2 emissions and relieve the global warming crisis."

Ratchaburi Holding has undertaken its CSR strategy covering four activation areas; 1) Conserving forests to create carbon sinks via a range of initiatives that are: strengthening community forests, boosting plant genetic conservation in the community forest areas, enhancing green areas by planting 99,784 young teak trees, growing 840,000 young trees in community forests as well as giving 1 million young plants to 200 community forests; 2) Fostering energy conservation to reduce the carbon footprint by organizing the Solar Home Project and Community Energy Project; 3) Reducing CO2 emissions in the manufacturing process via various following activities including algae cultivation using CO2 emissions from the electricity generation process, given the fact that algae’s CO2 absorption capacity is nine times higher than that of trees, and the energy saving activations at the Ratchaburi power plant; 4) Enhancing knowledge and stimulating awareness of forest and energy conservation by holding community forest network seminars, Klayim youth camps, and creating community forest learning centers and the learning center for global warming relief at the Ratchaburi power plant.        

The "Planting Trees in the Upstream Forests to Create Carbon Sinks" program that took place in the Doi Phu Kha National Park, Pua District, Nan Province is part of the forest conservation for the carbon sink initiative. Run by Ratchaburi Holding in partnership with the Protected Area Regional Office 13, under the supervision of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, the program is intended to rehabilitate the devastation of the upstream forests.  This will increase water retention capacity of forests to prevent floods in the northern and central regions. About 200,000 trees of at least seven native types including Wild Himalayan Cherry, Sumatran (or Merkusii) Pine, Kesiya Pine, Pink Shower and a variety of bushes were planted on 1,000 rai of land or an average of 200 trees per rai, along with the construction of firebreaks and a fire control tower to help prevent wildfires that may occur in the summer. The project period will take three years (2014 - 2016) covering the planting, nourishing and evaluating processes. The Company has set a goal for tree survival of over 90%. The surviving trees are expected to aid water resource management and carbon sequestration to reduce the global warming problem.

"The Pua upstream forests serve as the origin of rivers and canals that nourish people living in the northern and central areas. If the upstream forests are degraded, this causes landslides and flooding during the rainy season. We have therefore announced the "Planting Trees in the Upstream Forests to Create Carbon Sinks" program and the first activation of the program was a volunteer initiative that engaged the Chairman, senior executives and employees of Ratchaburi Holding who visited the project area and planted the first set of 2,000 young trees together with community members of the Baan Nong Puk and Baan Den Phattana community forests in Puea Sub-district, Chiang Klang District, Nan, who previously joined the Love the Forest and the Community program. Cultivation of the remaining young trees will continue and it is expected to be completed by the end of August. Forestry-oriented knowledge is applied to support the project implementation. The trees selected for planting are well suited to the geographical and climatic circumstances and a variety of plants are grown alternately in the same cultivated area in a staggered manner that replicates a natural forest. The monitoring of tree growth will be executed with the cooperation of academics from the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University," stated Pongdith.

"We believe that the global warming issue can be reduced if all parties work together to protect the forests and change our daily behavior by turning off and unplugging all electric appliances that are not in use, replacing plastic bags with cloth bags, segregating in-house waste, using only home appliances with the No. 5 labels, adopting green labeled products that yield low CO2 emissions, growing trees in your home area and many other activities. To achieve our goal to be a green company, we have executed more efficient energy management within our entire manufacturing procedures and enhanced the awareness of environmental protection among our employees," concluded Pondith.

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL
Wiwan Phayakvichien
Tel: 0 2794 9941
E-mail: wiwanp@ratch.co.th

Aziam Burson-Marsteller Ltd.
Hongsinunt / Satida
Tel: 0 2252 9871-7, 092 264 9889
E-mail: hongsinunt.s@abm.co.th

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