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Thai Airways launches Carbon Offset Programme

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 15 September 2010

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 IATAs 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 UKs 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: Thailands Biogas Waste Heat Based project in Nakorn Ratchasima, Jordans Fuel Switching at Aqaba Thermal Power Station, Chiles Biomass Project Neuva Aldea, Perus Landfill Gas in Ancon, Brazils Braco Norte IV Small Hydro in the Guaranta Do Norte County, and Mato Grosso State in Mid-West Brazil.

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