The innovative partnership between CCA and the HKIPC is going to make the 11th Deep Water Bay Dragon Boat Regatta on May 9, 2010 the world’s first carbon neutral dragon boat race, as well as Hong Kong’s first carbon neutral sports event. With CCA support and partial sponsorship, the footprint of the Regatta will be measured, reduced and offset.

In addition, the HKIPC encourages all participants to reduce their carbon footprint by taking public transport to Deep Water Bay, by bringing their own lunchboxes and water in order to reduce plastic waste, and by recycling plastic bottles and metal cans.

CCA 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 purchase of carbon offsets from the Sichuan Afforestation and Reforestation Project, the world’s first carbon offset project to meet both standards of the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) standards.

(Poster Image: By courtesy of HKIPC)