Photo of the day: Royal Paragon Hall becomes first carbon neutral venue in Thailand

Royal Paragon Hall’s Pantakamon Amatayakul (left) receiving an award from Thaneadpon Thanaboonyawat, secretary to the minister of natural resources and environment, Thailand, (right) at the Joining Forces Against Global Warming ceremony

Royal Paragon Hall, a venue in Bangkok, Thailand, has been awarded the Carbon Footprint for an Organization Certificate and the Carbon Neutral Certificate from the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization, joining its many accolades in recognition of its sustainable meeting management system.

This year, Royal Paragon Hall drew up its Carbon Footprint Assessment Plan which measures the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from various activities, and established management guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to managing director Talun Theng, the venue is committed to finding ways to offset for its emissions, such as by purchasing carbon credits. It has also joined the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s Care the Bear Program, which has enabled it to cut its carbon footprint by more than 20,000kg – equivalent to planting more than 3,000 large trees.

Its sustainability efforts, such as using recyclable decorative materials, reducing waste from events, and reducing electric power usage through LED lamps, have earned it the World Class ISO 20121: 2012 Event Sustainability Management System certification.

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