- Asia / Pacific
Sector of activity
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical
Aiming to advance towards carbon-neutral operations through the adoption of innovative practices and technology, the use of renewable resources, and resource efficiency, the Center for Appropriate Technology from Austria (GrAT) launched the Zero Carbon Resorts for Sustainable Tourism project in the Philippines and Thailand. Interventions range from simple measures with low or no investment, such as identifying and eliminating energy and resource waste and implementing efficient, leading-edge technologies to heighten resource efficiency
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
No activities have yet been reported under this initiative
Impact and Results
(1) Significant savings in Thailand tourism enterprises:
- A number of best practice implementations resulted in significant savings of energy, resources, and expenses in the participating 23 Frontier Group member companies.
- Through these interventions, Frontier Group members from several Thai tourism destinations have remarkably improved their environmental performance and reduced carbon emissions.
- Critical knowledge has been shared with a number of resort owners, engineers, technicians and other associated stakeholders. The results from these Frontier Group members were analyzed during monitoring visits, and the corresponding savings were computed.
- The accumulated annual savings of these companies is 828,612USD. In terms of impact, the total savings of these companies alone can actually offset the energy consumption equivalent to 15,068 households and the water consumption of 183 homes. The annual fuel consumption avoided is equivalent to 157 cars, while the avoided carbon emissions offset 1,554 vehicles.
- The project partners in Thailand have started dissemination and outreach programmes using the projects’ case studies and have already acquired 265 new Frontier Group members. Quantification of savings from these new members is still ongoing.
(2) Mainstreaming sustainable tourism in the Philippines
- A sample of 297 project members was analyzed in detail as of the fourth year of the project’s implementation.
- The accumulated annual savings of these sample companies amounted to USD 8,636,208.76; a reduction in energy of 38 MWh; 714, 427,966.30 liters of water; and avoided 23, 348,538.52 kg of carbon emissions.
- In collaboration with the Department of Tourism of the Philippines, the project has contributed to the development of the ANAHAW - Philippine Sustainable Tourism Certification, a national green certification for accommodation and tourism-related enterprises in the Philippines, launched in January 2018. To reach the minimum standards of this certification, a hotel or resort must comply with the mandatory requirements and achieve 50 percent of the individual performance measures.
- Based on indicator and performance-based metrics, the certification is focused on enabling innovation initiatives that help reduce operational costs and carbon emissions through smart methods, processes and technologies.