Royal Thai Embassy in Madrid hosted, in collaboration with Spain-ASEAN Business Association (Asempea) and Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), on July 13 at Hotel Melia Serrano, “Thailand-Spain Partnership towards Green Energy” a hybrid-format seminar on the renewable energy to promote business as well as research and development partnership between Spain and Thailand. This seminar brought together, in person and virtually, more than a hundred of Spanish and Thai participants from public, private and academic sectors.

The event was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Thailand to Spain, H.E. Mrs. Phantipha Iamsudha Ekarohit, and the Ambassador of Spain to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Emilio de Miguel Calabia. It featured keynote speakers, such as representatives of Thailand’s Ministry of Energy, Board of Investment, National Energy Technology Center (ENTEC) and major Thai state-owned and private companies in the sector, such as (1) The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), (2) PTT PCL and (3) Gulf Energy Development PCL. On the Spanish side, representatives are from (1) APPA Renewables, (2) Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT) and (3) Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).

During the seminar, the Thai side presented the BIO-CIRCULAR-GREEN economy model as the main pillar of the country’s economic recovery in the post COVID-19 crisis, through which Thailand will develop cleaner energy with a view to strengthening a more sustainable growth model. Special emphasis on the incentives offered by Thailand for projects in this sector were highlighted at the seminar. The Thai companies also presented their business profiles and investment plan in the area of renewable energy.

On the Spanish side, the panelists offered their support in developing pilot projects, especially in solar energy, which has been successfully implemented in other countries with Thailand. Some agencies, such as CDTI, also offered opportunity of financial support, channeled through private companies or institutions for the future joint projects development by both countries in this area.

In her opening remark, Her Excellency Ambassador Ekarohit highlighted Thailand´s commitment to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Paris Climate Agreement. Therefore, green and renewable energy is an essential factor to achieve such goals. As Thailand is developing a number of ongoing projects in renewable energy where Spain possesses expertise, she strongly believes that this sector is a future area of cooperation with great potential. Her Excellency, thus, looks forward to welcoming Spanish investors in Thailand as well as supporting the promotion of technology transfers under research and development schemes between relevant agencies of the two countries.