Thailand’s TGO Authority Certifies Royal Phuket Marina
Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) has recently been recognized as Thailand’s leading sustainable marina, acquiring the prestigious Carbon Footprint Organisation (CFO) certification from the TGO Authority. This achievement marks a significant step in RPM’s journey to become the world’s first carbon-neutral marina, an ambitious objective that involves drastically reducing emissions and implementing further carbon offsetting measures.
A Unique Accomplishment in Thailand’s Marina Industry
Becoming the only marina in Thailand and the singular hospitality and real estate developer in Phuket to receive the CFO certification distinguishes RPM in the industry. The certification is issued by Thailand’s Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) following a comprehensive evaluation of an organization’s carbon footprint. The certification process conforms to international standards established by the International Accreditation Forum and the Thai National Accreditation body, the National Standardisation Council of Thailand.
RPM Chairman, Mr. Gulu Lalvani, proudly acknowledges this accomplishment, stating that the “highly-regarded CFO certification validates RPM’s unwavering dedication to sustainability, resonating throughout every aspect of our operations.”
Commitment to Leading a Sustainable Yachting Paradise
In addition to the recent certification, RPM has also been nominated for an ESG award by the Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce (NTCC). This recognition highlights the marina’s unique sustainability initiatives across all business divisions.
Moreover, Mr. Lalvani will represent Thailand’s marina industry at the 1st Andaman Sustainable Tourism Forum, where he will discuss Phuket’s strategy in becoming a sustainable tourism city.
Embracing Solar Energy and Reducing Plastic Waste
One of RPM’s most significant sustainability accomplishments is its transition to solar energy. The marina received a Letter of Recognition (LOR) under the Low Emission Support Scheme (LESS) in collaboration with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) for its successful implementation of solar productivity measures. Currently, RPM generates up to 40% of its daily energy needs through solar power and has plans to increase its solar productivity further.
RPM and its boating partners also aim to reduce, and eventually eliminate, single-use plastic bottles during boating excursions and charters. This initiative is expected to cut down approximately 4 million plastic bottles per year.
Collaborating for a Sustainable Future
In its commitment to environmental responsibility, RPM collaborates with renowned organizations such as the International SeaKeepers Society, Oceans For All Foundation, License to Clean, Wawa Creations, and Disabled Sailing Thailand. Through community engagement and forging sustainable partnerships, RPM remains a frontrunner in promoting sustainability in Phuket’s marina industry.