SAMUI ISLAND, 8 October 2019: Santiburi Koh Samui, a resort on the island’s north shore, has been certified as a carbon-neutral resort.
Located on 23 acres of gardens and coconut groves, the beachfront resort, gained certification from the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation.
It confirms the resort operates efficiently, slashing the amount of carbon it emits and meeting criteria to offset the rest.
The certificate goes beyond just banning single-use plastic to take onboard comprehensive an environmental programme, comprising wastewater treatment, energy saving, waste management, organic gardening, recycling, and replacing any chemicals, plastics and other harmful products with green alternatives, including a natural salt cleaning system for its private pool villas.
The certification programme was created in collaboration with VGreen, Kasetsart University’s environmental research programme. The accolade was presented to Santiburi mid-September. More than 300 organisations have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to greenhouse gas management. Prior to receiving the resort’s general manager, Sabine Lamberts, took part in a seminar to educate other hoteliers on successful ways to reduce greenhouse gases and plastics.