foodpanda Singapore furthers its sustainability efforts with Happy Hour with an Impact
To celebrate World Food Day, the Singapore’s leading food delivery company, partners with CHOOOSE to provide ‘climate positive’ option.
In January 2018, foodpanda, Singapore’s leading food delivery company, pioneered the sustainability movement in the local food delivery industry with the introduction of the opt-in plastic cutlery option and banning of shark fin. This October, in line with World Food Day (Oct 16), foodpanda will be launching an industry-first sustainability initiative: Happy Hour with an Impact.
Starting 16 Oct, and subsequently every first Friday of the month, between 2 and 3pm, foodpanda Singapore will make every order placed climate positive by offsetting 100 kg of CO2 per meal or approximately SGD 0.49 per order. The donation will go to a United Nations-verified, climate positive landfill gas-to-electricity project in Thailand. For perspective on carbon emission rates:
- A roundtrip between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur emits 83 kg of CO2
- Annually, on average, a Singaporean leaves a CO2 footprint of 10.3 tonnes (28.2 kg/day)
- 100 kg CO2 of also equates to an average of 45 Taxi rides in Singapore / 49 10-minute showers / 52 days of watching TV / 142 laundry washes
Going One Step Further and Going ‘Climate Positive’
A 2018 World Bank report found that within the region, Singapore has one of the highest CO2 emission rates per capita, compared to larger countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. Understanding the severity of the carbon emissions, foodpanda has committed to making real change with Happy Hour with an Impact making all orders placed in this hour climate positive. For concrete environmental benefits, the monthly initiative will go beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions to reduce additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
“At foodpanda, sustainability is a key pillar of our business and we are committed to taking action that has a real and tangible benefit for the environment. We ran a pilot of Happy Hour with an Impact in Singapore and it was a great success, with very positive feedback from our customers,” said Laura Kantor, Head of Marketing and Sustainability at foodpanda Singapore.
foodpanda has teamed up with CHOOOSE, a climate-focused technology company in Oslo, Norway. With a mission to accelerate the shift towards a carbon free economy, CHOOOSE delivers a platform that enables both individuals, brands and organizations to connect with the best CO2-reducing projects around the world. CHOOOSE supports individuals and organizations in over 60 countries, and foodpanda Singapore becomes CHOOOSE’s first partner in Asia. This partnership will be in support of the Bangkok Kamphaeng Saen project in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, whose efforts are verified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Gold Standard for the Global Goals.
“It's great to see how foodpanda uses its platform to drive positive climate impact. For me, as a former student from NUS, it's especially cool that our first major partnership in Asia is happening in Singapore,” said Andreas Slettvoll, CEO and founder, CHOOOSE.
The Bangkok Kamphaeng Saen project foodpanda is donating to, captures methane gas from one of Asia’s largest landfills - preventing methane from escaping into the atmosphere and converting the gas into clean electricity for the local electric grid. In addition, the project also helps improve the air quality for local communities. This landmark project has been issuing carbon offset credits since 2013 and is expected to for at least another decade - indicating the stability of the project. It is also well-regarded internationally, with a range of global corporations supporting the initiative, including Microsoft.
foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favourite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 30,000 partner restaurants in more than 120 cities across 10 Asian and Central Europe countries globally. foodpanda is active in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Romania and Bulgaria. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit www.foodpanda.sg
About Delivery Hero:
Delivery Hero is a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors across 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service in 200+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 21,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.deliveryhero.com.
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