New Delhi: Galileo, the Global Distribution System (GDS) launched Travelport Carbon Tracker to monitor the amount of carbon emissions being made due to travel.
“Air travel, approximately 2% of all CO2 emissions is one of the fastest growing contributors to the release of harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Galileo worldwide processes some 800,000 air transactions every day and is well-suited to help the industry measure its carbon footprint,” said Bruce Hanna, President & CEO, Galileo in India.
The product will help discover the routes, travelers, departments and modes of travel that contribute most to total emission thus enabling corporates and individuals to set up personal and company reduction targets or off--set through a carbon trading scheme.
Indian’s travel industry comprises of 8 million outbound passengers, 43 million domestic passengers and 365 million reserved train passengers. 33% of these travelers travel by air while 64% prefer the use of train. There are over 5000 travel agencies generating air travel revenue to the tune of $6.6 billion, out of which 28% is corporate travel, while travel and transportation today cost almost 8-10% of a corporate budget.
“Carbon Tracker would be helpful for large travel agencies and corporates who acknowledge the global concern of CO2 and are ready to invest with us for a global cause,” said Hanna.
Travelport Carbon Tracker will help capture, record and analyze the travel behaviour to give a clear understanding of impact on the environment. The sophisticated reporting package will provide information on total carbon emissions made across multiple travel types including air, road, and rail. Once measured, it will enable corporates to better understand how to manage their carbon footprint.
“We aim at encouraging debate and collaboration in terms of emissions benchmarking and enabling corporations to make informed decisions for sustainable travel as part of their overall travel policies,” he commented.
Travelport Carbon Tracker takes advantage of the latest developments in emissions calculation and combines industry-standard compliance reporting with an advanced calculator that uses operational data and a range of key variables to deliver more sophisticated emissions analysis besides calculating average emission values by weight, distance and energy use.
Developed in conjunction with Agresso and The Carbon Consultancy, the Travelport Carbon Tracker has been designed to provide robust intelligence to inform and enable sustainable travel decision-making. The web-based tool is designed for use with multiple Global Distribution Systems (GDS).