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Travelport GDS Moves on Carbon EmissionsDecember 9, 2008 By: George Dooley
Travelport GDS has announced a global marketing alliance with The Hotel Carbon Index Company Limited, creator of CarePar. CarePar—“carbon emissions per available room”—is the industry standard system for measuring carbon emissions within the hotel and lodging industry, Travelport says.
“This landmark agreement within the GDS industry comes at a time when hotels, corporations and travelers the world over are looking to industry leaders to get behind programs that are better for the environment,” said Peter Ducker, founder of The Hotel Carbon Index Company. “This is another bold initiative by Travelport that will lead the hotel sector into a regime of benchmarking and measuring emissions, and help hotels and their guests calculate their true carbon footprints.”
“Travelport has spearheaded a number of initiatives in carbon emissions measurement and reporting for the travel industry,” said Flo Lugli, senior vice president, Commercial, for Travelport GDS. “Our relationship with The Hotel Carbon Index is a vital next step, following our launch of Carbon Tracker earlier this year. We will continue to build on our strong track record of helping travel companies, corporations and travelers measure and reduce their carbon footprints.”
Through the agreement, Travelport is able to answer the demand, particularly among corporate travelers, for a means to calculate the carbon cost of hotel stays. The announcement was made at the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) Conference.
As part of the agreement, Travelport will include CarePar hotel carbon emission data in Travelport GDS products, including Travelport Carbon Tracker. The integration of CarePar hotel data into Carbon Tracker in the future will give corporations and their travelers an even more complete view of their emissions per trip. Carbon Tracker enables corporations to compare carbon dioxide analyses for travel itineraries and obtain emission data across multiple travel types (air, rail and car), using the latest developments in emissions calculation.
CarePar is the travel industry’s first method of establishing, calculating, managing and disseminating usable data on carbon emissions per hotel and venue usage—representing either carbon emissions per available room per day, or function room per half day. CarePar was developed in response to demand for a hotel industry standard solution that effectively and accurately measures carbon emissions.