Bangkok, 1st November – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), through the UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre (UTM-LCARC), Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, co-organised the three-day 3rd International Conference of Low Carbon Asia (ICLCA 2017) and the 6th LoCARNet Annual Meeting with the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonbury (KMUTT) in Bangkok, Thailand. The ICLCA and LoCARNet annual meeting, which assembled over 150 participants hailing from 16 countries, saw the presentation of six keynotes and some 120 papers that collectively aimed at advancing sustainable low carbon emission development in Asia.
The international conference and annual meeting of the rapidly growing low carbon Asia research network was officiated by Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand. The event also featured a keynote address by Y.Bhg. Prof. Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Prof. TPr. Dr. Ho Chin Siong, Director, UTM-LCARC delivered a welcome speech with other key senior officials from Thailand and Japan. Prof. Ho also chaired, mediated and spoke in several conference sessions in the three days of the conference, as well as doing the important plenary wrap-up on 3 November 2017.
The three-day high-profile event saw the launching of the LoCARNet Bangkok Declaration that outlines LoCARNet’s strong stand and policies on Asia’s contribution to the Paris Agreement. The Declaration that is co-drafted by UTM-LCARC will be released at the upcoming 23rd Session of Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.