Sabre promotes tool that measures greenhouse emissions

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Sabre Travel Network has introduced the Greenhouse Emission report, a tool that environmentally conscious corporations can employ to gauge the amount of greenhouse gases that are produced as a result of their air travel.

We had requests from several Scandinavian travel management companies for such a product, said Kathryn Hayden, a Sabre spokeswoman.

Their corporate customers had been asking for a way to track and measure the impact of their corporate travel, and they asked if we could help.

Hayden said developing the report was relatively uncomplicated. After that, she said, it was a logical step to make it available to customers in every other region.

The idea isnt necessarily to persuade employees to bike to meetings instead of fly, but for corporations to undertake environmentally friendly programs to offset the harmful impact of carbon dioxide and other emissions from jet travel.

Each report, which can be organized by department, date, segment type or cost center, outlines the number of segments flown over a specified time period, the distance flown, the amount of fuel burned and the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses produced.

The emission report uses an internationally recognized formula to convert other pollutants produced into carbon dioxide equivalents, Sabre stated.

Calculations of emissions produced are based on an aircrafts load, flight profile, the external temperature, winds and engine or aircraft characteristics, according to Sabre.

Once the carbon dioxide emission levels of any travel are quantified, steps can be taken to offset these through reforestation, purchasing the equivalent number of carbon credits (the proceeds of which are plowed back into environmentally beneficial projects) or reducing the companys carbon footprint by a corresponding amount in other areas, such as reducing water consumption or lengthening the cycle over which company cars are renewed, Sabre stated.

Sabre said the Greenhouse Emission report was compatible with the Turbo Sabre and MySabre booking platforms, which means that the tool is available to travel agencies servicing corporate clients but not to individual travelers using self-booking tools.

Several travel management companies offer similar reporting tools, including HRG North America.

We probably are ahead of the curve on this issue, but its incontrovertible that there is a significant trend globally toward corporate social responsibility, with companies keen to do the right thing, Hayden said.

Environmental awareness is a big deal in Europe and the Pacific, and increasingly in the U.S.

To contact reporter Dennis Schaal, send e-mail to [email protected].

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