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Amex GBT To Announce Net-Zero Plan, Consulting Service As GBTA Takes On Sustainability

The world’s largest travel management company is taking its sustainability initiatives up a couple notches. American Express Global Business Travel plans to announce a commitment to science-based targets for its global operations and supply chain as “an interim step on its journey to net-zero emissions globally by 2050.” The company also will announce a consulting…

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Google Raises The Bar On Provision Of Point-Of-Sale Emissions Data

Google Flights search results include estimated carbon emissions as of this month. Though some questioned the data and the methodology behind it, many welcomed the development as the travel industry claims a laser focus on environmental protection. Meanwhile, Serko is among the corporate booking tool providers with new point-of-sale emissions displays.  More travel managers are…

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Climate Activism On Corporate Travel Reaches New Heights

The Guardian on Thursday highlighted a pressure campaign to get Microsoft to cap business travel emissions at 2020 levels. Supported by several organizations, including the Aviation Environment Federation, Carbon Market Watch and Stay Grounded, the #justuseteams initiative features video clips of young people pleading with the corporation to limit business travel’s contribution to climate change….

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Buyers, Intermediaries To ‘Hold Hotels Accountable’ For Environmental Protection

Air travel gets a lot of attention, but lodging also generates greenhouse gas emissions. Given the number of hotel options in a given market, there may be more that companies can do about it. To overcome inconsistent reporting and disparate methodologies across the industry, some corporate buyers are developing their own hotel assessment tools. A…

Corporate Collaboration On Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accelerates

Proponents of sustainable aviation fuels hope that momentum from corporates and governments on climate change action translates to big investments in cleaner flying. A raft of recent airline announcements points to growing attention in this area. A corporate group buying initiative launched on Tuesday. The Rocky Mountain Institute and Environmental Defense Fund created the Sustainable…

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Scott Gillespie Creates Patent-Pending Trip Justification Tool For New Era Of Business Travel Demand Management

Should you Zoom or should you go?  Veteran travel industry advisor Scott Gillespie developed a simple tool to help decide. There are others, and he expects more. There’s pent-up demand for in-person connections, but Covid brought new obstacles to whether and how they’re made. The reduction in office use, widespread adoption of virtual conferencing technology…