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The Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) and policymaking for low carbon growth in Asia: A case study of Thailand

Countries and regions
Thailand, East Asia and Pacific
Action area


Case summary

This case study shows how the Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) has been used in Thailand to inform policymaking for low carbon, climate resilient growth. AIM is a set of computer simulation models for assessing options – primarily policy and technology choices – to reduce or slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Users can model a wide range of social and economic activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and sequestration, including energy consumption, changing land use, and industrial production, and gain understanding on the resultant effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate, the economy, and human welfare.

Thailand is the second largest economy in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the second-largest emitter of CO2 in the ASEAN region after Indonesia. For more than a decade, the Thai government has applied AIM to assist with development of policies and initiatives to reduce the growth in greenhouse gas emissions, improve the efficiency of the economy, and follow a more sustainable development path.

Planning and implementation activity
Analysis and Data Collection, Developing and Implementing Policies and Measures
Institutions involved

Asia LEDS Partnership

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Thailand Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University, Thailand Asian Insitute of Technology (AIT)

Sectors and themes
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Industry, Forestry and Land-Use
Source details
LEDS Global Partnership

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