UK’s Business Travel Show goes green

The Business Travel Show is going green. Organiser Centaur Exhibitions is partnering with ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) and the CarbonNeutral Company to make this year’s exhibition carbon neutral. Taking place at Earls Court 2 from February 13-15 2007, the Business Travel Show is the leading event in Europe for people who book, buy and manage business travel, trips and meetings. Visitors can meet more than 250 exhibitors from all sectors of the industry, including airlines, car rental companies, trains, taxis, chauffeurs, hotel and accommodation providers, business travel agents, travel management and software companies.

“The Business Travel Show is adopting a green theme for 2007; a move that mirrors the efforts of the travel industry generally to reduce its carbon footprint,” commented event director David Chapple. “By going CarbonNeutral, the CO2 emissions produced by the Business Travel Show from three days of heating, lighting, waste, supplier and organiser travel have been balanced out by putting money into three climate friendly projects designed to reduce the equivalent amount of CO2. These projects are industrial methane capture, energy efficiency and forestry.


“But not only will the show be CarbonNeutral in recognition of our support for minimising climate change impacts, we have adopted a transparent policy for visitors by highlighting green exhibitors in both the event guide and online. We are also doing everything we can to help educate our visitors on how they, too, can become more green. This programme includes a series of Live Debates in association with ACTE, which look at topics such as Green Taxation in Aviation and Sustainable Travel Procurement.” 



Visitors to the Business Travel Show are also being encouraged to contribute to the CarbonNeutral initiative and minimising the impact of climate change by offsetting their travel to show. The initiative’s sponsors ACTE and The CarbonNeutral Company both have programmes to help businesses manage the carbon emissions associated with travel and will be on hand at the show to help and advise.


And, in association with ACTE and the Business Travel Show, The CarbonNeutral Company is offering subsidised rates for offsetting travel to and from the show. The CarbonNeutral Company will subsidise 50 per cent of the cost of overseas delegates offsetting their travel to the show and. UK delegates can claim a 15 per cent subsidy when offsetting their car and train travel for a whole year, including the travel to the show.


Sue Welland, founder of The CarbonNeutral Company, said: “We now receive over 40 new business calls or emails per day from businesses, and the traffic on our consumer traffic has doubled since June. Climate change is of interest to investors, business and consumers. This ‘pressure’ is combined with the fact that travel can account for 25 per cent of a carbon footprint, and energy costs are soaring. If you are in the travel and tourism business, it makes commercial and moral sense to measure your CO2 emissions, to look at reducing them to net zero through reductions and carbon offsets, and to offer customers the opportunity to do the same.  We’re delighted therefore to be partnered with this year’s Business Travel Show - this is a key hub for industry executives, and we look forward to debating the issues.”


Susan Gurley, executive director of ACTE: “ACTE is delighted to be working with the Business Travel Show to build a greener future and we hope that our collaboration will continue to provide global green industry education.”