Since August 2019 – June 2020, Thammasat University has monitored the amount of waste generated by the university and how they were treated. Almost a year after implementing the waste tracking, the statistic shows that the total amount of waste generated by the university has decreased but increasing the proportion of waste recycled by Thammasat University Facilities is still a challenge.
Thammasat University ensures that the minimization policies are extended to outsourced suppliers and the supply chain, especially suppliers of equipment, stationary, and building contracts. The supporting evidence attached herewith is the contract for hygienic service and facility maintenance between Thammasat University and a private sector for buildings of medical science faculties.
0n July 5, 2018, Thammasat signed MOU with 30 thai universities, in the name of Sustainable University Network (SUN), and CPAll, the largest supply-chain convenient stores (7-Eleven), for the initiative on reduction of single use plastics on campus.
Since 2011 until present day, Thammasat University implemented a set of announcements, policies and activities to minimize disposable items as a part of Thammasat Zero Waste Policies. Here are some of the concrete examples:
Thammasat has campus wide policy to reduce single use plastics and collaborated with several partners to implement the policies. Guidelines, facilities, and policies have been implemented actively since 2019.
Thammasat has measurement of waste through the management of ‘garbage recycling bank policy’, which uses application from SCG (private sector) to calculate amount and price of recycled items sold, and through the ‘campus garbage facility, which is outsourced and required monthly reports sent to university.
Thammasat has policy on waste management, especially for hygienic aspects/ chemical waste from labs/electronic waste in 2019 and 2020. The policy runs incorporating with outside parties, including private sectors and other universities. Thammasat is one of five active university nodes, covering the Central Region of Thailand for training chemistry lab safety under the National Project: Enhancement of Safety Practice of Research Laboratory in Thailand.
Thammasat has policies to ensure vegetables and meat products in all canteen must be GAP grade. University provide on-campus vegetable farm where non-chemical growing process is mandatory. Planting materials and fertilizers are also produced on campus to ensure non-chemical conditions.
In 2019, Thammasat University, by Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University (through Thammasat University Research And Consultancy Institute (TURAC)), received a funding for the project “The Development of Monitoring and Evaluation System for the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption and Production in Thailand: Phase 2” from Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP). This phase-2 project studied the calculation methods of SDG12 indicators, created, improved, and augmented the existing database to enable the importation, evaluation and monitoring of the selected SDG12 indicators.
In October 2020, Office of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) published the first revised version of Thailand Sustainable Consumption and Production Roadmap. This revision is a collaboration between Thammasat University and ONEP.