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Thai Airways launches Carbon Offset Programme

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Thai Airways International has launched a Carbon Offset Programme with IATA to provide customers with the opportunity to viturally offset carbon emissions generated from flying.

The IATA programme calculates the carbon emissions based on a methodology developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The system utilizes IATAís long-established financial system to enable airlines and their customers to purchase ticket and offset at the same time.

The IATA Carbon Offset Programme only invests in UN-approved Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) projects and voluntary credits, which comply with the recognized Gold and or Voluntary Carbon Standards. The entire customer contribution goes to the sponsored projects. As transparency is critical to ensure that money collected result in reduced emissions, in this regard, the IATA offset program has been independently approved by the UKís carbon offset quality assurance scheme.

When customers book TG online, they can check the level of emissions created by their flight and make a financial contribution that will be devoted exclusively to the officially approved renewable energy projects worldwide such as: Thailandís Biogas Waste Heat Based project in Nakorn Ratchasima, Jordanís Fuel Switching at Aqaba Thermal Power Station, Chileís Biomass Project Neuva Aldea, Peruís Landfill Gas in Ancon, Brazilís Braco Norte IV Small Hydro in the Guaranta Do Norte County, and Mato Grosso State in Mid-West Brazil.

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