Travelport GDS has announced a global marketing alliance with The Hotel Carbon Index Company Limited, creator of CarePar, the industry standard system for measuring carbon emissions within the hotel and lodging industry.Travelport is helping 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 TrackerTM. 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 CO2 analyses for travel itineraries and obtain emission data across multiple travel types (air, rail and car), using the latest developments in emissions calculation.
“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.”