Measure and Set Targets for More Sustainable Commuting

Thammasat has several initiatives toward promoting and implementing a more sustainable commuting, hence, has set the targets and measures for our achievements throughout the years. 

Our commitments and initiatives include:

  • Manage the public transport system (public bus and motorcycle taxi) to cover the whole area of campus and near by locations.
  • Provide free EV shuttle bus services connecting from dormitory areas to all university’s faculty and buildings.
  • Provide EV car rental service stations in Rangsit and Tha Prachan Campus.
  • Increase EV charging stations around campus area, both in Rangsit and Tha Prachan Campus.
  • Continue to promote the use of bicycles as non-motorized transport by adding bicycle lanes and increase bike service stations to facilitate commuting around Rangsit Campus.
  • Promote “Walkable City” campaign to encourage walking in the pedestrians provided when commuting in a short distance.
  • Reconstruct and improve the pedestrians walk way, especially for the people with disabilities and bicycle lanes to separate and safe from cars and buses.
  • Implement TU Around application to search and access information on the shuttle bus routes and stations around Thammasat University Rangsit Campus
    Life @Thammasat Rangsit – Facebook

Related articles and websites:

Pedestrian Walk Way for Disabilities
Reconstruction pedestrian walk way (Apr,2022)
Walk Way Obstruction – Street Signs Relocation (Mar,2023)

Walkable City – Thammasat University Rangsit Campus
Reconstruct pedestrian walk way – Faculties and Buildings
Pedestrian Walk Way – Reconstruction (Mar,2021)
Guiding Block and Warning Block for Disabilities (Mar,2021)
Guiding Block and Warning Block for Disabilities (Nov,2020)

Our targets and measures are:

  • 100% conversion of all free shuttle bus to EV shuttle bus by the end of 2022.
  • 100% of public buses and vans entering the campus as electric vehicles by the end of 2025.
  • Increase the number of EV charging stations to 10 stations around campus area, both in Rangsit and Tha Prachan Campus by the end of 2025.
  • Reconstruct and improve ALL of the pedestrians walk way in Rangsit Campus, especially for the people with disabilities and bicycle lanes to separate and safe from cars and buses by the end of 2025.
  • Track the carbon emissions reduction from implementing these “Smart Energy” projects on a yearly basis.
  • Reduce carbon emissions through “Smart Energy” projects up to 35,000 tones by the end of 2030.

Bringing clean energy such as solar energy to use inside the building through “Solar Rooftop”, the usage of electricity instead of fossil fuels for “EV Shuttle Bus” and “AnyWheel” bicycle covering all areas of campus can tremendously reduced the amount of carbon emissions at Thammasat University – Rangsit Campus.  Starting from 4,238 tons in 2020, with these “Smart Energy” projects, Thammasat University can reduce the amount of carbon emissions up to 21,000 tons per year in 2021.
ช่วยการใช้พลังงานไฟฟ้าแทนการใช้เชื้อเพลิงฟอสซิลในการขับเคลื่อนรถ “EV Shuttle Bus”, Solar Rooftop ช่วยโลกลดปริมาณ CO₂ ได้แล้วกว่า 21,000 ตันต่อปี

Related articles and websites:
Motorcycle not allowed on the pedestrians walk way

Free EV Shuttle Bus Services – 100% Conversion by 2022
As one of the services provided for students and staffs who live on-campus and around campus area, Thammasat University provides FREE shuttle bus connecting from dormitory areas to the University’s buildings, food courts, and Thammasat Hospital since 2005. The 10 buses were still using diesel fuel.  In 2010, the University has increased the number of buses to 20 buses and converted them into NGV to comply with the “green university” policy as the first steps toward reducing the carbon emissions.

Our commitment and initiatives:
Thammasat University had a plan to change all 20 shuttle buses serviced in Rangsit Campus from Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) to be Electric Bus in 2021. At the end of the year 2022, 100% of these shuttle buses were completely migrated to electric buses. The University will also provide electric vehicle charging station where the electricity will come from both solar cell and electricity grid.

Target and measure:
The goal was to convert 100% of shuttle buses to service students and staffs on and off-campus to electric buses by the end of 2022. Currently, Thammasat has 25 EV shuttle buses servicing around campus and 10 EV buses to service staffs and students who lived outside campus. By using EV buses, the carbon emission could be reduced up to 617 tons per year.

For more information on EV shuttle bus and electric motorcycle, please visit these websites and facebook.

  1. Life at Thammasat Rangsit – All Transportations
  2. More EV Shuttle Bus – Free Services
  3. IG – EV Shuttle at Thammasat University (Feb,2022)
  4. EV Shuttle Bus for Thammasat Open House (Nov,2022)
  5. Alternative Transportation: Mini-Bus Services and Motocycle Taxi
  6. Electric Shuttle Buses Service at Thammasat University – Rangsit Campus
  7. Solar Motorcycle Taxi – Thammasat
  8. Thammasat’s Electric Motorbikes Hit Streets

Bike Sharing for Green Campus – Reduction of Carbon Emission
Since 2012, Thammasat has launched the program to reduce the number of cars and motorcycle used in university and increased the number of sharing bicycles, bicycle routes, and length of bicycle lane.

Our commitment and initiatives:
Thammasat University signed an agreement of cooperation with “Anywheel” to promote the use of shared bicycles to allow the students, staff, and visitors in actively contributing to reduce the use of fossil fuel powered vehicles within the campus. In 2021, there were more than 1,000 AnyWheel rental bicycles and 73 service stations all over Thammasat University Rangsit Campus. Each service station offers 10-25 public bicycles that can be rented through their mobile application.

Safe and Save with “AnyWheel” Campaign (Sep,2022)
AnyWheel – Rental and Return Campaign (Dec,2020)
AnyWheel – Freshy Games Campaign (Mar,2022)

Target and measure:
From January to December 2022, transportation-based carbon emissions with in the University decreased from 16,150 kg. to the average of 2,367 kg. per month. The total travel distance of all the shared bicycles were 230,834.5 km. which helped the University residents to burn as many as 5.57 million kilo calories.

Each year, it is estimated that the total distance used by AnyWheel users on campus was around 344,000 km. Each kilometer of bicycle ride can reduce CO2 emission by up to 110 grams, so the use of AnyWheel in Thammasat University Rangsit Campus could reduce the CO2 emissions by up to 37.84 tons in a year.

The target in 2022 is to increase the number of rental bicycles by 50% and to start providing rental electric scooter service in order to encourage everyone on campus to choose modes of transportation that do not create air pollution.

The goal for the total distance used by AnyWheel bicycle and electric scooter users in 2022 is 600,000 km. which is equivalent to CO2 emission reduction of approximate 66 tons.

For more information on bike sharing, please visit these websites and facebook.

  1. Bike Lanes at Rangsit Campus – Smart Mobility Campaign
  2. Reducing Carbon Emission Within the University through Shared Bicycles
  3. Bike Sharing for Green Campus
  4. Thammasat Launches Bike Sharing Service for Green Campus
  5. Thammasat Sustainability – ระบบยืม-คืนจักรยานใน มธ. ศูนย์รังสิต
  6. Maps of Thammasat University

Thammasat University regularly inspected and repaired the bicycle lanes throughout the campus, especially in front of the faculties and public buildings.

Bicycle Lanes Construction (Oct,2022)
Bike Lanes Repair and Reconstruction

Electric Car Rental Service and Charging Stations

Thammasat University cooperates with Haup Car, an electric car rental company, to provide rental electric car service at Rangsit Campus. In the beginning, there were 2 rental stations on campus which also offer charging service for other electric cars in order to encourage those who travel to Thammasat University to adopt the use of electric cars.

Our commitment and initiatives:
The University provides 4 electric vehicle charging locations in Rangsit Campus and one station at Dome building, Tha-Prachan Campus. In 2021, three more rental and charging stations were installed.

Target and measure:
By the end of 2022, the University plans to install 3 additional rental and charging stations at Rangsit Campus.  The University will publicize the use of Haup electric cars to travel to and from other areas near Thammasat University such as shopping malls and flea markets in order to increase the total distance to more than 50,000 kilometers.

For more information on EV cars, please visit these websites and facebook.

  1. EV Sharing at Thammasat Rangsit

100% of Public Buses Entering Campus as Electric Vehicles

Thammasat University Rangsit Campus has a 3000-square-meter public van station which can handle up to 40 vans at once. Each van covers as far as a 40-kilometer distance per trip. The number of public van users is as many as 3,500 people per day.

Target and measure:
A daily trip of 80 kilometers is equivalent to 4.38 tons CO2 emissions per year (1-km car ride releases about 150 grams of CO2); therefore, if all these 3,500 people used private cars for travelling, it would cause CO2 emission of 15,330 tons per year.

The public van service can transport up to 13 people at a time, so the use of public van to and from Rangsit Campus can reduce CO2 emission by 13 folds, equivalent to a reduction of 14,150 CO2 tons per year.

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