Travelport has adopted Google’s Travel Impact Model (TIM) for flight carbon emissions calculations, aiming to provide more consistency across platforms. Travel retailers using Travelport can now access TIM carbon emission estimates on flights through various tools, allowing them to compare estimates across carriers at the point of sale. TIM takes into account factors such as aircraft type, seat configuration, flight distance, and load factor. This move aligns Travelport with other major platforms in providing emissions data and is the first step toward a wider product offering to consider environmental factors when booking.
Travelport Adopts Google Carbon Emissions Model for Flights
Travelport, a leading travel technology company, has announced the adoption of Google’s Travel Impact Model (TIM) for calculating carbon emissions on flights. This move aims to bring more consistency in emissions data across platforms. Travel retailers using Travelport can now access TIM carbon emission estimates via various tools, allowing them to compare emissions across different carriers at the point of sale. By considering factors such as aircraft type, seat configuration, flight distance, and load factor, Travelport aims to provide a more accurate and comprehensive view of carbon emissions.
Aligning with Industry Standards and Environmental Considerations
With the adoption of Google’s TIM, Travelport aligns itself with major global platforms in providing emissions data. This step not only ensures consistency but also promotes transparency in the travel industry. The incorporation of TIM is just the beginning of Travelport’s efforts to help agents, travelers, and travel managers make informed decisions based on environmental factors. By offering a wider product suite, Travelport aims to enable the consideration of carbon emissions, environmental certifications, and waste initiatives during the booking process.
Partnership with Travalyst and Industry Collaboration
Google has developed TIM in collaboration with the Travalyst coalition, a nonprofit organization founded by Prince Harry. The coalition focuses on promoting sustainable travel practices. Initially, TIM faced criticism for excluding the impact of condensation trails, but Google has since partnered with the International Council on Clean Transportation to form an advisory committee. This committee includes representatives from the travel industry, academia, and nonprofits, ensuring the methodology considers all relevant factors, including non-CO2 pollutants.
Travelport’s adoption of the TIM model follows other industry players, such as Amadeus and Sabre, who have also integrated the model into their systems. By embracing this free and publicly accessible data framework, the travel industry aims to provide consistent and transparent information to agents and travelers, ultimately contributing to more sustainable travel practices.