ASIA DMC leads the way with its pioneering carbon offset product
HANOI, VIETNAM – On the heels of its 21st anniversary, award-winning destination management company, ASIA DMC, has become the first company of its kind to launch a pioneering carbon offset product. Designed to reduce the negative impacts of tourism and improve the environmental and social standing of the business (including its partners) through carbon reduction projects in its operated areas across South East Asia.
“Alongside with the rapid growth, the global travel and tourism industry is facing a number of complex social and environmental challenges.” said Linh Le, Group Managing Director of ASIA DMC. “Whether it’s the private, public or non-profit sector, we must all play a role, preferably in collaboration, to minimise the negative environmental impacts whilst maximising the positive ones.”
The company has signed an exclusive agreement with Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX), the first commercial partner to the United Nations CDM Registry, to measure the carbon footprint that travellers are creating. “Sustainability-approved” packages are also offered, providing responsible travel advice and the option for guests to offset the carbon volume from their trip for just a $1 (US) per person a day.
Furthermore, with a decade of trading experience and millions of tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (C02) successfully reduced, CTX enables travellers to transact carbon credits electronically in a transparent and secure environment, ensuring a fast transfer of credits. Each purchase will be attributed to United Nation and/or Gold Standard certified projects such as solar energy, wind farms, reforestation and cook stove projects to counteract the emissions that cannot be avoided during the trips.
Therefore, from the first steps of their journey with ASIA DMC, travellers are already sustainably aware, which encourages further responsible proactivity in during their travel, thus forwarding its message of sustainable change.
In addition to the company’s long standing commitments and efforts to address sustainable development needs, the new Carbon Offset product showcases the way ASIA DMC and its partners provide travel experiences – not only as a measure to neutralise carbon emissions but to meet the growing demand from travellers to travel in an ethical and responsible way.
Linh Le, Group Managing Director of ASIA DMC added: “We were one of the first businesses to recognise and respond to the impacts of tourism on the environment and social community. Since established, we always put environmental and social consideration at the very core of our business, ensuring that everything we do has a positive impact.”
Several initiatives have been undertaken across South East Asia by ASIA DMC through its HG Foundation including reducing energy and water use, choosing sustainable suppliers, eliminating the use of plastic and implementing child and animal-welfare policies, etc. Since 2017, a part of the company’s carbon offset programme has been launched through the “Roots and Fruits” campaign to coincide with its target to achieve carbon neutral status by 2020.
This new, responsibility-oriented product not only enables ASIA DMC’s customers to offset their carbon emissions, but it also promises to contribute to the growth of the industry whilst decoupling from negative environmental impacts.
Detailed information of how to participate in this Carbon Offset program and details on how it works, will be rolled out to agents and business partners this month.