The Energy Working Group is involved is a range of topics related to sources for electricity generation in Thailand, transmission and distribution.
Contributing to Thailand’s journey away from fossil fuels is thus in the group’s scope. The transition from sources with high Greenhouse Gas footprints to those with lower footprints (e.g. LNG) to ‘new’ renewables is a core part of the group’s interests, and doing so in ways which recognise energy security.
Helping to promote those businesses which contribute to the larger national vision is in our mission. Sustainabilty integration is an education process and one which needs awareness of benefits and sources of support.
Objectives of the Energy Working Group
- To be a forum for issues of interest to EABC members on issues related to Energy
- To be a thought leader and producer of attractive and value-adding solutions on Energy; builder of consensus in the European business community and more widely.
- To bring an understanding of relevant EU policies, laws and regulation and world best practice options for resolution of issues and problems.
- To promote renewables and their business efficacy.
- To provide a networking and business connection in Energy industries for EABC members
Information about Working Group Chair
David Beckstead is a Partner at Chandler MHM Limited (CMHM) and a member of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Practice Group. He has vast experience representing lenders and project sponsors in the oil & gas, mining, and power sectors. David has also advised on numerous complex commercial transactions such as cross-border joint ventures, M&As, loan portfolio acquisitions, and greenfield infrastructure projects. Having gained professional experience in several Asian jurisdictions, David is experienced at negotiating and structuring transactions to best protect his clients’ interests.
David is an active member of the International Bar Association and currently sits as the Asia Pacific Liaison Officer on the Power Law Committee. In this role, he is kept updated on policy developments in the power sector around the world, including EU-wide initiatives and specific local developments within EU Member States. David is regularly asked to contribute to publications and present at seminars addressing Thai law and policy relating to the energy sector.
Finally, David is actively involved in the foreign business community in Thailand and is currently serving in his sixth term as Director and third term as Vice President of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of the Legal Committee at AmCham Thailand. He has participated in numerous roundtable advising sessions with representatives from the Thai government, including the Ministry of Energy, Board of Investment, and Office of the Prime Minister, as well as with representatives of foreign consular missions in Thailand.