Krabi, the emerald of the Andaman, has become well known for its dramatic limestone karsts and long stretching forests and abundant nature. It is located in between both giant tourist destinations of Phuket and Koh Samui and is held firm in heart of nature seekers looking for something different from busy streets and crowded restaurants.
Krabi is changing though, it is drawing the attention of more and more charter flights from all around the world and more and more tourists which means that more accommodations are needed. This has led to an explosion of hotels and guest houses throughout the province, from Krabi Town and Ao Nang to Koh Lanta and the smaller islands. These new hotels come at a price to nature, but the good news is that a number of resorts owners realize this issue and understand that their new buildings carry enormous carbon footprints in Krabi.
Enter ZCR (Zero Carbon Resorts), an organization funded by the European Union to provide training and information to the tourism sector in developing countries. The organization’s founder and lead engineer Dr. Robert Wimmer, built his training facility on Palawan in The Philippines in order to demonstrate the ability to alter the design and layout of structures to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. To date, the project in The Philippines has allowed for over seven hundred resorts and guest houses to learn from the many methods of energy saving models the ZCR community offers at its training facility. These resorts, who have become part of the ZCR community in the Philippines, save annually a minimum of 5,000,000 USD.
“These are real life systems that take minimal investment for resort owners to implement, they are effective and make a huge difference” [Stand out quote] Dr. Robert Wimmer said.
ZCR’s purpose is to educate people as to the many means they can change their homes and resorts to save them significant costs on energy, but to also help reduce our human impact on the globe.
ZCR has branched out to Thailand in the hope to develop more lasting relationships with resorts, hotels and guest houses and teach them different ways in which they can each change their properties for the best.
Healthy Public Policy based in Nonthaburi and The Green Leaf foundation founded in 1998, are the two Thai organizations that have partnered with the ZCR project and act as local teachers and instructors to the hundreds of resorts throughout Thailand. The Green Leaf Foundation has an interesting program where they offer an auditing service available to all resorts who sign up with the Zero Carbon Resort project. It is a service which allows the resort owners to see the before and after effects of the programs they install. Essentially through revenue the results are seen most dramatically.
Currently, there are twenty four resorts across Thailand that have signed up to become part of the Zero Carbon Resorts project, referred to as ‘The Frontier Group’. These groups have made various investments in order to change their resorts energy consumption levels and try to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Green Leaf Foundation offers a full assessment service to any prospective member. Essentially allowing for any resort to see the estimated cost savings they can expect after implementing any one or number of the different energy saving systems. So, before the resort owners decide to proceed with any change, they will know roughly what they will save.
A great service for any resort or even homeowner to get a quote from. If you take the seven hundred resorts in The Philippines who joined the Zero Carbon Resorts project and save 5,000,000 USD annually, which equals to a saving of around 50,000 USD per resort, which is a lot of money.
Get involved, learn how simple practices can save you money and pass a better world to our children.
Get in touch with Zero Carbon Resorts at their website: Zero Carbon Resorts
Green Leaf Foundation’s website: Green Leaf Foundation in Thailand