Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA --(PR NEWSWIRE)---March 24, 2009— At the opening of the first Green Travel Summit, attended by US and international leaders engaged in Green/Sustainable Tourism, Sustainability Intelligence Ltd (SI) and The Carbon Consultancy (TCC) introduced Summit attendees the most comprehensive suite of specialist products to support travel and tourism stakeholders and consumers to understand travel impacts, manage them and reduce them.
Mr. Charles Kao, Chairman of SI and Green Globe International Vice-Chairman, addressed Summit opening luncheon, shared with his audience key issues the travel and tourism industry will face in the near and far future, as challenges and opportunities. This included a video presentation from the Editor of The Economist and the Head Economist at Deutsche Bank.
The suite of sustainability products and services presented at the Summit, included toolsets and their relevance for travel and tourism. They included:
The SI/TCC webservice is the basic support tool for online calculators and corporate reporting products, converting travel and energy usage data into carbon emissions. It can be linked to existing travel booking, administration and management systems to deliver carbon emissions impact data at the point of booking or in a post-booking environment. The data from the web-services are used by government, corporate and leisure clients to determine travel impacts.
2. Carbon Friendly Flight
Developed in association with Global Travel Market the flight finder enables users in any country in the world to search for a flight and be given a range of options by price and carbon efficiency. This tool has recently demonstrated that 57% of travellers will opt for a greener choice in aviation if given the choice and will pay 19% over the cheapest option to do so. The flight finder can be used in tandem with Carbon Manager and a lodge card to deliver low cost booking and reporting solutions for small and medium sized businesses.
3. Carbon Manager
Developed in partnership with Sustainability Intelligence, the Carbon Manager provides instant desktop analysis of carbon emissions generated by flight activity, using either excel file uploads or API links. The tool allows for fast conversion of flight and cost data into reports showing top routes, carriers, regional spend and carbon liability. Available for a fraction of the cost of offline analysis it is suited to any analysis of bulk flight activity.
4. Carbon Offset Guide
Many travellers and companies wish to buy offsets and are confused by what they are and what if anything to buy. The carbon offset guide is available in an iframe for websites and gives users the ability to search over 100 global providers to find the units that fit their product criteria. The full website is designed to educate potential purchasers about offsets and the limitations of their role in preventing climate change.
About Green Globe
Green Globe, an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, is the leading global provider of sustainability index, benchmarking and certification programs, carbon footprint calculation and reduction programs, and a broad range of consulting services. Green Globe International has been admitted as. Over 5,000 hotels, destinations, attractions, airports, etc globally have been benchmarked or certified since its founding in 1992 by The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the business leaders" forum for the travel and tourism industry. For more information on the company and its programs, please visit www.greenglobeint.com.
Green Globe services in the Asia Pacific are distributed, managed and sold exclusively by Green Globe Asia Pacific (GGAP) through EC3 Global. If you would like further information on GGAP, please visit www.greenglobe.org.
About Sustainability Intelligence
Sustainability Intelligence, with headquarters in the United Kingdom, is engaged in the business of systems development, support, management, aggregation, publishing and analysis of sustainability related content and data for government, corporate, and consumer markets around the world. Sustainability Intelligence is backed by a team of carbon and sustainability related experts from private sector, NGO and academia, supported by an IT team of skilled engineers and support staff.
The Sustainability Index, along with a full range of other carbon related tools, have been licensed by Sustainability Intelligence to Green Globe and other associations, NGO and private companies around the world to support reduction and management of carbon emissions for all industry sectors. For more information on the company and its programs, please visit www.sustainabilityintelligence.com.
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