This publication is the first case study of the Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia
project. The project explores how to promote green growth in fast-growing cities in
Asia by examining policies and governance practices that encourage greening and competitiveness
in a rapidly expanding economy. It is part of the OECD Green Growth Studies series,
which will culminate in a synthesis report on Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia.
This report analyses the economic and environmental performance and green growth policy
practices of Thailand’s Bangkok Metropolitan Region (BMR). As a dynamic and emerging
market economy, Thailand has recorded strong growth over recent decades and is expected
to continue to do so, but this growth has come at a high environmental cost. The challenge
is therefore to improve environmental outcomes while supporting continued growth in
output and living standards. Thailand's government and BMA have taken steps to encourage
green growth in the BMR, but much untapped potential remains, particularly in the
following areas: land use and transport, renewable energy and energy efficiency in
buildings, and water resources and solid waste management. Resilience to floods is
also an urgent cross-cutting issue that requires further attention.