• Date: Aug 2017

November 7, 2016

At the request of Ministry of Finance and other government stakeholder agencies, an exposure programme to Thailand was organised from 31st October to 4th November, 2016. The GPP study visit team had 16 members including government officials from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Thimphu Thromde National Environment Commission and Gross National Happiness Commission, as well as project managers from the implementing partners of the project.

The objective of the study visit was to observe “GPP in action”. Thailand was selected as the country of the study visit due to their significant progress in the practice of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) in the region.

Over the five days of the study visit, the team had the privilege to visit and interact with the GPP & SCP leading agencies listed below.

1)      The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment;

  • Pollution Control Department (PCD),
  • Office of the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), and
  • Department of Environment Quality Protection (DEQP).

2)      The Department of Industrial Works (DIW), Ministry of Industries,

3)      Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO),

4)      Thailand Environment Institute (TEI),

5)      Sahaphat Group – Eco Industrial,

6)      Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Ministry of Energy,

7)      Siam Group of Companies (SGC),

8)      The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and

9)      Federation of Thailand Industries.

According to the participants, the visit was useful and eye-opening, demonstrating various macro and micro shifts required for implementing GPP. Below are excerpts of feedback from the delegates:

After visiting different government agencies and  private companies in Thailand, I feel that Bhutan is following the right track in terms of GPP project Office carrying out market survey, building awareness to multi stakeholders and on the other hand collaborating with key government agencies to implement GPP in the government procurement system.” – Participant

“[I learned that] green public procurement cannot be implemented over the short period of time as it requires involvement of so many players (suppliers to consumers and whole supply chain). Further, not all the green products are expensive than the ordinary products. Thought the upfront cost for the green products are comparatively high, but if we look at the end of life cost of the products the consumers pay high for ordinary products despite having negative environment impact and human health hazards. 

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