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ICAO, Amadeus Join Forces on Aviation Emissions

November 2, 2009 By: George Dooley

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Amadeus have signed an agreement for ICAO to supply Amadeus with data from its Carbon Emissions Calculator. The data will allow Amadeus’ worldwide customer base to estimate the carbon footprint of air travel. Amadeus will integrate the data into its travel reservation platforms by mid 2010.

“We are delighted to support the industry in its effort to address the complex issue of calculating individual carbon footprints from air travel and we believe ICAO is the right partner to bring a unified and common approach,” said David Jones, president and CEO of Amadeus. “Through our technology, data management capabilities and the results from the ICAO Carbon Calculator, we aim to help our customers meet their environmental objectives.”

“Every day, more than one million passengers fly with bookings processed by Amadeus reservation platforms,” added Lucas Bobes, the company’s group environmental officer. “For this reason, Amadeus has a responsibility to provide neutral, objective information, and shares a common interest with ICAO in making sure the calculation of emissions is done in a rigorous and consistent manner.”

“Air travel is essential to our global society. Reducing its carbon footprint is key to ensuring the sustainable growth of air transport,” said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general of ICAO. “This agreement between ICAO and Amadeus will make more individuals and organizations aware of their carbon footprint, ensuring that those wishing to offset will be doing so based on an official, globally accepted tool.”

Earlier this year, ICAO’s Carbon Calculator was adopted by the United Nations (UN) as the official tool for all UN bodies to quantify their air travel CO2 footprint in support of the UN Climate Neutral Initiative. The Initiative calls for all agencies and units of the UN system to determine their total carbon emissions.

With the Calculator, the best publicly available sources of information are used to make the calculations. The methodology, which was developed through ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), takes into account a range of variables such as aircraft type, route-specific data, passenger load factors and cargo carried.

A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.


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