With the project activity, carbon intensive fuels such as coal and heavy oil are replaced by wood, rice husk and other agricultural wastes from the region.
In order to implement this carbon mitigation project, a complete system for the collection, storage and feeding for the alternative fuels has been introduced. The collection of biomass is done from nearby areas depending on the type of available biomass and crop patterns in the specific region. Before the implementation of the project activity, the biomass was considered waste and rice husk burnt in open fields – still a common practice in developing countries. Other agricultural wastes were left in the fields to decay aerobically. Now, the
former waste is given value and brings additional income to rural communities.
Awareness of environmental topics, the will to address climate change, and social consciousness for surrounding communities characterize the project owner. Thailand’s growing economy has a huge potential for the implementation of climate friendly technologies such as biomass utilization, e.g. large amounts of carbon can be saved by partly switching fuel use from fossil to renewable in existing cement plants.
In the rural regions of Thailand, access to medical treatment is no matter of course, even with the public health system being modernized. In the province of Saraburi, cement manufacturer Siam Cement is only providing free medical service not only to their employees but also to surrounding communities. Their mobile medical unit stops by once per month to give free examination and treatment, from eye problems to x-ray.