Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has launched the Carbon Offset Programme with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to provide customers with the opportunity to offset carbon emissions generated from flying.
Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, THAI President, said that THAI is the first airline in the Asia-Pacific region to join the programme with IATA. Working with IATA, THAI is now able to offer customers a way to compensate carbon emissions through the THAI website at www.thaiairways.com. Information about the amount of CO2 emitted for the booked flight is available as well as the cost to offset the CO2 amount.
The IATA programme calculates the carbon emissions based on a methodology developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The system utilizes the efficiencies and reliability of IATA’s 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 UK’s carbon offset quality assurance scheme.
When customers book 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: Thailand’s Biogas Waste Heat Based project in Nakorn Ratchasima, Jordan’s Fuel Switching at Aqaba Thermal Power Station, Chile’s Biomass Project Neuva Aldea, Peru’s Landfill Gas in Ancon, Brazil’s Braco Norte IV Small Hydro in the Guaranta Do Norte County, and Mato Grosso State in Mid-West Brazil.