First Carbon Neutral dragon boat race in the world.

The Hong Kong Island Paddle Club is proud to announce that the 11th Deep Water Bay Dragon Boat Races on 9th May 2010 was the first Carbon Neutral dragon boat race in the world. With the innovative partnership of Carbon Care Asia, a low carbon solutions specialist, this event was also Hong Kong’s first carbon neutral sports event.

Carbon Care Asia estimates that the carbon footprint of the regatta will be 8,800 kilograms, mostly from transportation of paddlers and dragon boats. HKIPC has made a commitment to offset unavoidable carbon emissions from the event, through the support of carbon offsets from the Sichuan Afforestation and Reforestation Project.

We also encourage all of the participating paddlers and audiences to take the following actions to reduce the carbon footprint of the whole event.

  • Take public transport to Deep Water Bay.
  • Bring their own lunch box and bottle of water to reduce plastic waste.
  • Recycle all the used plastic bottles and metal cans.
  • Know your carbon footprint and think of ways to reduce it.

Click here for Carbon Care Asia’s carbon footprint calculator

FAQ

What are carbon emissions?
Carbon emissions are overall measures of greenhouse gases emissions converted to the equivalent of carbon emissions based on their potential impact on global warming for easy understanding. Carbon emissions are caused by daily human activities such as the use of electricity, oil and gas, as well as waste production and water usage.

What is carbon neutral event? 

Carbon neutral event is an event that measures, reduces and offsets the carbon emission accounted for the event.  Major sources of carbon emission of an event are usually from transportation (local and overseas), venues electricity consumption, and waste disposal. The unavoidable portion of carbon emission is offset through the purchase of carbon credits, so the total carbon emission is equivalent to zero, hence making the event a Carbon Neutral Event.

What is Carbon Offsets?
Carbon offsets is based on the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), to help mitigate our impact on global warming by funding greenhouse gases reduction projects. Mitigating climate change begins with conservation and reduction. With carbon offsets, you can balance out 100% of those emissions you cannot eliminate now.

Where will the offset money go? 

The money funds North West Sichuan Afforestation and Reforestation Project in China.

Afforestation and Reforestation on Degraded Lands in Northwest Sichuan, China

Standard: CDM & CCB (CER)

 

This is the world’s first United Nations (UN) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) -recognised afforestation and reforestation carbon credit project (CDM-AR) simultaneously developed according to the best local, national and international standards for “climate, community and bio-diversity” (CCB).  By integrating CCB standards with CDM protocol, this project pioneers both in China’s forest management and in the CDM domain. It is a unique project jointly developed by Chinese government authorities and international and national NGOs conservation organizations, state owned enterprise, global multinational corporations MNC and scientific / academic institutions in China. The Project also contributes to post-earthquake (May 2008) re-development of impoverished regions of Northwest Sichuan, where many ethnic minorities live.

How can we know offsets have real and positive impact? 

All CCA carbon offset projects (carbon credits) comply with strict international standards and are validated by the CDM of the United Nations authorities and Designated National Authority, according to standards endorsed by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. They are also verified by authorized certification bodies such as SGS and TUV.

What is Certified Emission Reduction (CER)? 

Certified Emission Reduction (CER) is purchasable carbon credits validated by United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Kyoto Protocol, which requires its Annex 1 Countries (EU, Australia) to comply with a Cap-and-Trade agreement through purchasing CER.

How does CCA source the carbon offset credits? 

CCA only offers carbon offset credits, which are Certified Emission Reduction (CER) or Verified Emissions Reduction (VER). CCA sources the highest standard, best quality and most credible carbon offset projects that fulfill the following criteria.

  • Projects verified by accredited authorities according to international recognized standards, i.e. CDM, VCS, VER+, CCB
  • Credible and audited sources
  • High transparency
  • High environmental benefit
  • High local social benefit

Who Supports Carbon Offsetting?

It is supported by the United Nations and national governments including China.

A number of the most influential companies support carbon offsetting, including FIFA, Cathay Pacific, Dell, Google, HSBC, Pepsi, Cola, Wal-Mart, World Bank; and environmental NGOs such as Conservation International, the David Suzuki Foundation, WWF,  the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and many more.