The Central Bank of Samoa and De La Rue partner on first carbon neutral banknote to celebrate 2019 Pacific Games

The designs of a limited edition commemorative 10 Tala ($10) banknote have been unveiled today by the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa to celebrate the XVI Pacific Games. This is the third time Samoa have hosted the Games, a multi-sport event exclusively for countries in and around the South Pacific, which is taking place in from 7th – 20th July 2019. This banknote is the first known carbon neutral polymer banknote, leading the industry and helping to combat global climate change.

The $10 note has been designed by De La Rue and printed on De La Rue’s Safeguard® polymer substrate; this will be the Central Bank of Samoa’s second polymer banknote. The theme of the banknote is a celebration of Samoa’s youth and their sporting legacy, with their stories being told through images on each side of the banknote.

Integrated into the banknote design are a number of security features that ensure the note is easy to recognise yet cannot easily be counterfeited. The see through window, unique to polymer banknotes, depicts the Pacific Games logo, and the note also includes De La Rue’s MASK™ feature, a simple ‘hide and reveal’ effect that cannot be easily replicated by scanning or printing and is highly durable. To aid the visually impaired the commemorative note includes a tactile embossed feature, which can be used to identify the denomination of the banknote.

The Central Bank of Samoa and De La Rue are both extremely proud to have been able to work with Carbon Footprint Ltd to make this banknote Carbon Neutral by offsetting the emissions from production used through funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. This is a first for both the Central Bank of Samoa and De La Rue, and also the first known polymer banknote to be carbon neutral. For this banknote, the carbon impact of both the materials and manufacturing process have been calculated and offset by supporting a high-quality power generation project in Indonesia. Further details of the project supported can be found here.

Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari, commented:

“We are extremely proud of the new commemorative banknote created to commemorate the XVI Pacific Games 2019 being hosted in Samoa, and are thankful to De La Rue for their close collaboration throughout this project and supporting us in developing our first carbon neutral banknote.”

De La Rue’s Global Sales Director Ruth Euling said:

“We have been collaborating with the Central Bank of Samoa for over 40 years and we are delighted to be partnering with the Central Bank once again whilst they celebrate hosting the prestigious Pacific Games. We have been continuously innovating throughout our relationship and this banknote is no different, being the first carbon offset polymer banknote for both De La Rue and the Central Bank of Samoa – and possibly the world - which shows both our commitments to reducing our environmental impact”

The notes will be launched into circulation in June 2019.

 Samoa 10 montage

MASK™ is a trademark of De La Rue International

Safeguard® is a registered trademark of De La Rue International


For further information, please contact:

De La Rue: Sinead Keller- Head of Media and PR

e. m. +44 (0)7584 155244

Central Bank of Samoa

Email           Website:


About De La Rue:

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods. As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system.

De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting. De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial printer of passports, delivering national and international identity tokens and software solutions for governments in a world that is increasingly focused on the importance of a legal and secure identity for every individual. De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties.

De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON-DLAR). For further information visit

Back to Latest News

Subscribe to News