Every day, Amadeus processes air bookings for more than one million passengers. The amount of information managed by our systems is immense. We provide the technology that supports a world "on the move". We acknowledge the enormous economic and social benefit of that movement, and also its environmental impact.
The travel industry in general and aviation in particular are under increasing pressure to better keep track, measure, manage and reduce environmental impact, especially greenhouse gas emissions. Similarly, travellers, whether as individuals or corporations are becoming increasingly concerned about the undesired environmental consequences of travelling and need tools and advice to better understand these consequences and neutralise them to the greatest extent possible.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Amadeus have contributed with a significant step towards reaching wide consensus on an aviation industry standard calculation methodology for CO2 emissions per passenger.
Calculating CO2 emissions per passenger is complicated by a number of factors related to data availability, scientific uncertainty regarding global warming effects of certain aircraft emissions, and the unavoidable subjectivity of allocating aircraft emissions to individual passengers. This has led to a situation in which different calculators offer significantly different results for the same itinerary.
In October 2009 Amadeus and the ICAO executed an agreement by which Amadeus would use and promote the ICAO CO2 calculator. The information obtained from the ICAO calculator is used to provide CO2 emissions information to passengers and corporate customers willing to build emissions inventories and offset emissions.
ICAO CO2 calculator can be considered the closest to an international standard, given the use of publicly available information and the legitimacy of the ICAO as the global forum for civil aviation, formed by 190 contracting states. Through the Amadeus - ICAO agreement, the ICAO provides calculated emissions data per city pair using their calculation methodology; and Amadeus on the other hand facilitates the usage of the calculator through our technology and global reach.
The current version of the Amadeus corporate booking tool (Amadeus eTravel Manager) includes a CO2 display functionality that uses CO2 estimations from the ICAO carbon calculator.
We look forward to continuing to work with the ICAO and other industry players towards the achievement of further environmental goals.