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Travelport GDS in Global Partnership with The Hotel Carbon Index

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Travelport GDS has signed a global marketing alliance with The Hotel Carbon Index Company, creator of CarePar, a system for measuring carbon emissions within the hotel and lodging industry. As part of the agreement, Travelport will include CarePar hotel carbon emission data in Travelport GDS products, including Travelport Carbon Tracker.

The integration of CarePar hotel data into Carbon Tracker in the future will give corporations and their travellers an even more complete view of their emissions per trip. Carbon Tracker enables corporations to compare CO2 analysis 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 travellers 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 travellers measure and reduce their carbon footprints.”

CarePar (carbon emissions per available room) is a method of establishing, calculating, managing and disseminating usable data on carbon emissions per hotel and venue usage – representing either carbon emissions per available room per day, or function room per half day.

By providing travel buyers with emission data on individual  properties, CarePar can help travellers make informed travel decisions. Corporations are also looking to use greener venues. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) sections are becoming increasingly common in request for proposal (RFP) programs, evidence that carbon emission measurement is a growing factor for today’s corporations when arranging preferred hotel programs.

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