In light of the global climate crisis, France and Singapore have committed their Nationally Determined Contributions – under the Paris Agreement – to reduce their overall carbon emissions by 2030.
Offsetting and reducing carbon emissions is ultimately a global effort that also encourages green technological growth. Therefore, it was decided that from 2021 the vOilah! France Singapore Festival will voluntarily achieve carbon-neutrality and be the first net zero festival in Singapore.
In order to reach this objective, the Embassy of France in Singapore has been collaborating with the French company ENGIE, a global reference in low-carbon energy and services.
With the support of Climate Resources Exchange International Pte Ltd (CRX), a carbon asset management consultancy from Singapore, the carbon emissions from the 2021 edition of the festival have been estimated to be a total of 589 tCO2e.
These carbon emissions are being offset by Verified Carbon Credits (equivalent to planting 30,000 trees) under the VERRA Standard from a wind power generation project in Gansu Province, China. This project involves the construction and operation of a 201 MW wind farm located in the southwest of Yumen County and will reduce emissions of 430,588 tCO2 annually.
Thomas Baudlot, ENGIE’s CEO of Energy Solutions APAC and Country Head for Southeast Asia, presented on 20 May 2022 the vOilah! 2021 Carbon Neutrality Report to HE Mr Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore.
The results of this pilot edition will be shared with the local authorities and the 2021 key learnings will be applied towards reducing the carbon footprint for the upcoming vOilah! in collaboration with all the festival programme presenters.
View the vOilah! 2021 Carbon Neutrality Report here.