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Thai Airways International joins IATA Carbon Offset Program

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 17 August 2009

Thai Airways International has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IATA to provide passengers with the opportunity to offset their carbon generated from flying.

THAI will now work with IATA to implement offsets into its existing web sales structure and to identify the offset projects that will benefit from this initiative.

Once set up, passengers will be able to decide whether they wish to "virtually" offset their emissions when booking flights on THAI's website.

Information about the CO2 emitted for that flight will be given, as well as information about the cost to offset that amount of CO2 and the project where the money is to be invested.

The IATA-administered industry-wide carbon offset program is a ready-made tool enabling airlines to offer their passengers the ability to compensate for their carbon emissions with contributions towards carbon reduction projects in developing countries.

The IATA Carbon Offset Program invests in UN approved Certified Emissions Reductions (CER) projects and voluntary credits which comply with the recognised Gold and or Voluntary Carbon Standards.

The passenger contribution goes entirely to the sponsored project. As transparency is critical to ensure that monies collected result in reduced emissions, in this regard, the IATA offset program has been independently approved by the UKs carbon offset quality assurance scheme.

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