Mr. Ittipol Paw-Armart (Kia)
Environmentalist Professional Level, Automotive Emission Laboratory (AEL)
Ms. Amornphat Tadsanaprasittipol (Ann)
Environmentalist, Professional Level, Environmental Quality and Laboratory Division
Two of our key persons for the JICA-PRTR Project, who always commit themselves to their laboratory work, are Mr. Ittipol Paw-Armart and Ms. Amornphat Tadsanaprasittipol. They have been putting efforts and contributing not only to their regular work, but also to the Project and the works related to environment. Through this interview, they will allow us to take a look at their work and a glimpse into their life.
Role in the Development of Basic Schemes for PRTR System in the Kingdom of Thailand (JICA-PRTR Project)
Kia: As a counterpart of the PRTR project, I am assigned to develop emission factors of targeted air pollutants which are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbonyl groups and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) emitted from mobile sources in Thailand such as motor vehicles, airplanes and ships, and to evaluate the concentration and loading amount of them per a period of time in the study areas. I have been conducting the emission tests at the Automotive Emission Laboratory (AEL) since last year to measure the concentration of targeted air pollutants emitted from the exhaust pipes of sampled vehicles which are motorcycle, light duty gasoline vehicle, light duty diesel vehicle and heavy duty diesel vehicle. The emission data will be calculated and developed as an emission factors for the PRTR project. The calculation manual of those targeted pollutants is established also.
Ann: For the PRTR project, my role is to support the non-point source group to estimate emission from mobile source emission. While the experiments are carried out at the Automotive Emission Laboratory, the Environmental Laboratory is providing analysis of VOCs and carbonyl compounds in exhaust samples. My main responsibility is to develop the method that is applicable for emission testing samples.
Opinion on the benefits from PRTR system to Thailand
Kia: The PRTR system is very important and necessary as an environmental tool for Thailand to manage and control the chemical substances which are harmful to the people and the environment. Beside that, the cooperation in the PRTR project will benefit to both of Japan and Thailand, because we could learn from the Japanese experience and technical knowledge in the PRTR system whereas Japanese experts could learn and experience with the situation of air pollution and the chemical substances in Thailand. Therefore, the new technical knowledge and strategies regarding the PRTR system could be found based on the existing of environment in Thailand.
Ann: The PRTR system is a new tool for the government to work with the private sector which initiates cooperation by participatory approach. We do not aim to control emission from particular source but put effort to estimate the emission for the whole country. In doing so, we will have to gather information from various sectors to establish a framework for the systematic report in the future. If the PRTR system can be implemented efficiently, the public will be informed about the emission in their interested areas. The manufacturers will get to learn their emission status, and thus, be able to improve their operation to gain more efficiency. It would also ideally help in creating a better understanding between the public and the industry.
Kia: As an environmentalist, I would like to do my best to utilize my knowledge and experiences on the works under my responsibility, to share, and to cooperate with relevant organizations both in Thailand and in other countries in any kind of environmental projects for better environment and quality of life of the people in the country and the world.
Ann: The ultimate goal of my life is doing good deed for the earth. I would like to be a good influence so I try to raise concern of people around me that we should protect the environment. I think I will keep doing it until they are automatically aware of environmental issues and start to change their lifestyle to be more environmental friendly.