For communities to be able to support themselves, as well improving the quality of life for those living in the vicinity of the operation sites, PTT responds to the expectations and the needs of community by promoting the Sufficiency Economy principles and develops livable communities by improving residents’ health and building safety awareness within the community. PTT’s community and society development initiatives include:
Development of Sufficiency Economy District Learning Centers and Community Energy Innovation
PTT encourages communities to become resilient, sustainable and self-sufficient, as defined by the sufficiency economy philosophy. In supporting the development of communities to become energy self-reliance, PTT helps sharing its knowledge and expertise in energy with the communities, enabling good energy management. PTT supported community sustainable development in economic, social, and environmental aspects through energy development, such as training courses on energy for communities, establishing model communities with energy sufficiency, developing Sufficiency Economy District Learning Centers, and encouraging energy self-reliance by working with communities in developing alternative energy sources that are suitable for each local area..
In 2017, major projects included:
PTT developed the Community Biogas System from Pig Farming at Tha Manao Sub-district, Chai Badan District, Lopburi Province while engaging with communities through various engagement measures in every process, including community forums, feasibility analysis biogas system efficiency analysis, biogas system design and development, community working group establishment, biogas system installation, and Biogas Committee nomination. This project helps 130 households saving costs by substituting biogas for LPG and reducing distinctive smell from pig farming wastewater. Tha Manao Biogas System has been registered as a T-VER project in 2016 with a carbon credit period of 7 years and CO2 capture capacity of 786 tons CO2 equivalents per year.
PTT extended the scope of community biogas system to a further two locations, based on the learnings from Manao Biogas System or Manao Model; Kham Khaen Sub-district, Manchakhiri District, Khon Khaen Province and San Sai Sub-district, Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province. The aim is to promote communities to decrease their reliance on primary energy, address the issues of odor and wastewater from pig farming. Presently, all 3 communities have become a prototype community where locals have active participation in local energy management system. This include the reduced costs, and increased revenue at 1.1.2 million Baht to 3 communities, 183 households (equivalent to Carbon Dioxide Emission reduction of 1,287 tons CO2/year).
PTT extended the scope of community biogas system to a further two locations; Kham Khaen Sub-district, Manchakhiri District, Khon Khaen Province and San Sai Sub-district, Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province.
Tha Manao Biogas System, Lopburi Province (2015 – present)
The project was registered as a T-VER project in 2016 with carbon credit period of 7 years and CO2 capture capacity of 737 tons CO2 equivalents per year. In 2017, 111 households were participating. This reduces the energy costs for communities by 360,998 Baht/year.
Kham Khaen Biogas System, Khon Khaen Province (2016 - present)
The Kham Khaen biogas system in Kham Khaen district was registered as a T-VER project with carbon credit period of 7 years. Its CO2 capture capacity is at 403 tons CO2 per year. This mitigate the issues of odor and wastewater from pig farming at one farm, and reduce greenhouse gas emission by 210 tons Carbon Dioxide equivalent per year. 35 Households in the community were able to reduce the energy costs by 172,51 Baht/year.
San Sai Biogas System, Chiang Mai Province (2016 - present)
This biogas system from pig farming helps temples and a community of 37 households replace LPG with biogas. This enables reduction in energy costs by 116,118 Baht/year for the community.
- Collaborated with Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna in studying biogas system efficiency.
- Produces biogas for 32 households and one temple as a substitute for LPG and charcoal. This project results in the reduction of 15 kilograms of LPG consumption per households, which means saving approximately 161,280 Thai Baht per year.
PTT closely supports communities surrounding PTT’s operation sites. Aside from preventing impacts of operations affecting the community, PTT also focuses in elevating the community’s quality of life in various dimensions. By nature of work, PTT employees work on piping systems and community the area surrounding the natural gas pipelines. This means PTT is able to understand the community’s struggles in accessibility to public utility, particularly with regards to clean water for consumption and agriculture. PTT therefore makes use of the energy and engineering expertise, accumulated for over 30 years, for better livelihood of the community. This was achieved via Clean Energy Project, Clean Energy for Community. In 2015, PTT developed a water provision system for the first time in Kanoon Kli Village, Ta Kanon Sub-district, Thong Papoom District, Kanchanaburi. It was one of the communities along the natural gas pipeline in the west (Thailand-Myanmar). To address the inaccessibility to water, occurred in communities situating in high areas, PTT worked with the locals of Kanoon Kli Village to explore the terrain, study, design, and develop the water provision system. Hydraulic Ram Pump was used, without the need for electricity or fuel, to successfully solve the community’s issue of drought. The Project was able effectively address the issue of limited water accessibility for the community. PTT then applied the learning obtained from this project and drive it further as a water management model in areas of different geography. As of 2017, PTT expanded the project area to14 other locations across Thailand. This grants community and various departments accessibility to water and all associated benefits, as many as 190,430 cubic meters of water. This encompasses households, agriculture, and wild fire prevention.
PTT recognized the importance of decreased fossil fuel availability, and have therefore focused on development and promotion of alternative energy usage. PTT has been collaborating with Chaipattana Foundation on Floating PV researches at Rama 9 storage ponds, in accordance to the Late His Majesty’s concept. The application of solar cell was also expanded at a community level, to replace the reliance of fossil fuel-based energy. As of 2017, PTT has scaled up the application of floating PV, by using it to withdraw water for agriculture and distribute to key communities of PTT, such as Dong Khi Lek Sub-district, Aumphur Mueng, Prachinburi; Ta Manao Sub-district, Chai Badan District, Lopburi; Lumsin Sub-district, Sri Nakarin District, Patalung; Kumkan Sub-district, Manchakiri District, Khon Khaen; Mae Ta Sub-district, Mae-On district, Chiang Mai. In total, there was 114,690 units of electricity generated per year. This means the communities were able to reduce energy cost by over 771,496 Baht, and carbon dioxide emission by 67.64 tons CO2/year.
The community energy training course promotes integration of the Sufficiency Economy Policy into community energy management approaches, and encourages communities to becoming energy self-reliance. To achieve that, PTT organized the Community Energy Trainings. Presently, there have been 4 classes, with 223 community leaders participating. Participants have demonstrated further development of practical projects carried out during the workshop, enabling successful and systematic energy management at community-level, with tangible benefits, using local materials as primary resource.
The aim of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herbal Garden Project is to conserve and develop the nation’s natural resources for the next generation. A learning center for Thai herbs was established (area of 9.6 hectares) to conserve and share local knowledge of herbs. To date, more than 260 species of herbs have been collected. The Herbal Garden also serves as a tourist attraction and rest area for the people of Rayong Province and neighboring provinces, enabling improved qualities of life for Thai society.
PTT has engaged with the communities and all relevant parties through forums, working group meetings, sub-group meetings, and workshops to gather opinions from all stakeholders, following the CD-CR Guidebook, for the implementation of the Livable City Project. The objective of the project is to promote the development of the communities’ livelihood surrounding PTT’s operational areas in social, economic, health and environmental aspects. In 2017, PTT established community development activities in different areas, such as:
- Public Participation to continuously collect opinions of all sectors for development and management of community in the vicinity of PTT’s operation sites, such as green space development, promotion of tourism knowledge, community waste management, strengthening family relationships, restoration of natural resource in the area, addressing drought, and promoting community health in targeted areas. These areas comprise Ban Rong Po Gas Terminal, Chonburi; Phitsanulok Oil Terminal; Nakhonsawan Petroleum Terminal; Songkhla Petroleum Terminal, and Transmission Centers 4 and 5. This includes promotion of waste management at household- and community-level via Zero Waste project, campaigns for awareness of reduction, separation, and recycling. This results in a waste management prototype which is inclusive of all sectors, realizing positive well-being and promote environmental consciousness to communities in the vicinity of PTT’s operation sites. This is in alignment with the expectations from Ban Rong Po Gas Terminal in Transportation Center 6, and Phitsanulok Oil Terminal.
- Activities promoting community’s well-being were organized via mobile medical units. In 2017, 23 activities were organized for communities surrounding the operation sites. They comprise 4 activities: general health check-up, sight test and provision of glasses for long sights, hairdressing, and massage. Furthermore, there are activities for dental promotion, as well as control and prevention against Dengue Fever.
- Activities promoting community’s safety through monitoring of LPG tanks in households surrounding Sri Racha Oil Terminal and Khao Bo Ya Gas Terminal, as well as practical training on basic fire prevention and extinguishment in temples and Phitsanulok Oil Terminal. There were 450 households in participation.