20 April 2022 – It’s a hard truth, but nearly everything we do emits some volume of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which in turn contributes to climate change and global warming. For example, when we drive our car, we are responsible for approximately 2.3 kilograms of CO2 for every liter of petrol our car consumes. Powered by electricity, the digital realm is no different. As we surf the internet, our connectivity indirectly leads to power consumption and carbon emissions through our mobile networks. Even a quick minute-long call translates to 57 grams of CO2 emissions.
dtac is working towards reducing our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. This is a formidable goal, given that our mobile network is responsible for majority of the company’s net energy consumption, along with energy consumed by data and network centers. To cut our carbon emissions efficiently, we are leveraging a cross-functional approach utilizing data analytics, finance and deep telecom engineering to identify energy efficiency opportunities at cell sites. Consumption on such cell sites is directly optimized through a range of initiatives involving technical rectifications or even modernization of facilities, while working with different stakeholders (e.g. landlords, enterprises, authorities). in the process. We are also upgrading our base stations to operate on renewable solar energy through a targeted investment approach. A pilot initiative in 2021 saw 25 base stations upgraded with solar installations with more candidates to follow during 2022 and beyond.
Alongside these major structural improvements, dtac is committed to regular sustainability campaigns and awareness-building. This month, to commemorate Earth Day 2022 on 22 April, dtac invites you on a Low Carbon Destination Walk ‘n Ride in Chanthaburi province, where you can immerse yourselves in the local way of life. This sustainable tourism initiative is part of a growing global trend of optimizing and reducing greenhouse emissions every time we travel.
300 Years of Culture Along the Chanthaboon River
Bicycle route begins at the Chanthaboon River, an unmissable attraction for bicyclists and home to the Tha Luang community. Pedaling along this historical route, dating back no less than 300 years, visitors can soak up what was once bustling commercial hub of Chanthaburi province. The riverside community’s residences, shops, and architecture have been well-preserved to reflect its golden years during the reign of King Rama V a century ago.
World-Renowned Gem Market, the Largest in Thailand
Chanthaburi is the gem hub of the East and one of the world’s most important gem-trading centers. Hop off your bike and explore on foot, taking your time to browse and shop for precious gems and jewelry market at Anyamanee Road. With a name that literally means “gems”, this street is a bustling gem market, with both sides lined with over 120 gem-cutters, wholesalers, and jewelers. If you are curious about how gems are mined, you can even take a trip to one of the dedicated learning centers outside of town – just ask the locals.
Thailand’s Largest, Oldest, and Most Beautiful Catholic Church
At the far end of your walk or ride along the Chanthaboon River is the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Dating back 275 years, it’s the largest and oldest Catholic church in Thailand. The architecture is said to be based on the Notre Dame in Paris, and the majestic interior features elaborately decorated stained glass windows imported from France well over 100 years ago.
Khao Laem Singh Temple and a Fishing Community
A visit to Chanthaburi province would not be complete without a stop at Luang Po Kaew Sarapadneuk monument, located at Khao Laem Singh Temple, by the mouth of the Estuary Laem Sing Chanthaburi Its brilliant white ubosot building, or ordination hall, is hard to miss. While there, you take in the breathtaking view of the cape and the kilometer-long King Taksin Maharaja Bridge, as well as the dozens of fishing boats and fishermen around Laem Singh Pier.
This Earth Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on how our activities impact the environment, and endeavor to drive, travel and surf the internet more mindfully.