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ISC’s work on USAID’s Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) program encompassed greening hotels in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The regional United States Agency for International Development Low Emissions Asian Development (USAID LEAD) Program helps Asian governments, businesses, and institutions develop frameworks for sustained low-carbon development across all economic sectors. It was designed to build capacity in development and implementation of low emission development strategies, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, and carbon market development. 

In Chiang Mai, activities aimed to promote the deployment of GHG protocols and tools by working with the tourism sector at the municipal level through a proposed Hotel Energy Efficiency Initiative (HEEI). The initiative worked to develop measurement standards and energy reduction techniques that can be implemented among the many resort hotels of Chiang Mai, furthering green growth and low emission strategies throughout the region.