The INDUSTRY Ministry plans to enlist 35,000 factories into its "green industries" project by 2018, or 7,000 new factories per year.
Permanent secretary Vitoon Simachokdee said the “green” plants would be encouraged to adopt environmentally and community-friendly production processes.
The project now has more than 10,000 factories at five levels of greenness:
Striving to be green – determined to reduce adverse impacts on the environment and to communicate this objective to the entire organisation – more than 7,000 factories;
Adopting green operations – using practices to reduce adverse impacts on the environment as intended – more than 2,000 factories;
Green – running on systematic environmentally friendly production processes backed by various recognition and standards-compliance awards – more than 2,000 factories;
Green culture – made the practice of preserving the environment the culture of the organisation – more than 50 factories;
Green network – expanded and promoted green production and operating-practice concepts along the supply chain to trading partners and business alliances from the second level up – three factories.
The three companies at the fifth level – Siam Cement (Lampang), Siam City Cement and Ma Ta Phut Olefins – have passed the required standards and earned the acceptance of local communities and society while maintaining economic, social and environmental balance, the ministry says.
The ministry is working with many agencies such as the Board of Investment to provide incentives and tax benefits to factories to encourage them to take part in the initiative.