We’re creating a more connected travel industry, underpinned by sustainability and long-term investor relations.
Climate change is a global concern that affects all of us. It is critical that we acknowledge the challenge and take action at all levels, from individual initiatives to global multinational commitments. Therefore, we are enthusiastic about our new partnership with Myclimate, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, to foster a carbon off-setting project.
Through this collaborative effort, online travel agencies using Amadeus’ ePower technology provide travellers with knowledge of the greenhouse gas emissions being released as a result of their trips, as well as the option to donate to carbon reduction projects to offset those emissions.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this project is that the participants are providing contributions based upon their own unique area of expertise.
ICAO brings in the legitimacy, commercial neutrality and global reach that makes its Carbon Calculator the preferred option to estimate emissions. Mr. Raymond Benjamin, ICAO Secretary General said: “This agreement with Amadeus makes more individuals and organisations aware of their air transport carbon footprint, ensuring that those wishing to offset through better flight planning will be doing so based on an official and globally-recognized tool. ICAO welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on this project and to make its Carbon Calculator available to support this important emissions-reduction initiative.”
Myclimate is contributing its expertise in the management of projects to reduce carbon emissions. Mr. Tomomichi Hattori, CEO, Myclimate Japan Co., Ltd said: “Based on the proven record of emission trading, Myclimate Japan has made a significant contribution to a low carbon society. Now this business model realised by the partnership with METI ( Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Amadeus Japan enables individuals to easily take part in carbon offset activities. With this initiative travellers are informed and can choose to take personal action.”
Amadeus has delivered the technology that helps process the information and carbon offsetting related payments, as well as the means to reach an immense number of travellers every day. We are convinced that this partnership approach is the most efficient option for addressing the climate change challenge, while fostering as much participation as possible from the general public. Partnerships like this, coupled with other initiatives and milestones like our recognition on the 2014 Climate Performance Leadership Index from the Carbon Disclosure Project and the launch of IT solutions that not only provide operational and economic benefits for our customers , but also reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise, go a long way towards shaping a more sustainable future of travel.