American Express Global Business Travel is working with climate tech specialist Chooose.
The agreement will see Amex GBT integrate carbon emissions calculations across its booking and reporting tools to build up consistent data and develop an architecture for carbon compensation.
“Flights are the single largest contributor to business travel emissions, so our first priority is to help our clients keep up with evolving standards for calculating aviation emissions,” says Mark McSpadden, vice president of product strategy and user experience for Amex GBT.
“We are integrating solutions that give clients more choice, enhance our tools with more granular CO2 calculations, and allow us to serve up robust, consistent CO2 data across our suite of booking, tracking and reporting tools. This helps educate travelers and drive real progress in sustainable travel.”
The integration of Chooose, a PhocusWire Hot 25 Travel Startup for 2023, replaces the current carbon emission data in the company’s Neo booking tool and enables travel managers to apply the new emissions calculations to trips booked since 2019.
Chooose data will also be used to support
sustainable meeting and event planning, while Egencia will also integrate some
of the climate tech’s emissions calculations into its platform.
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Andreas Slettvoll, founder and CEO of Chooose, says: “We are very happy to support Amex GBT - and the millions of travelers they serve – in creating an industry-leading set of tools to track, understand, and address the carbon footprint associated with business travel. Together, we are taking an end-to-end approach with a deep focus on delivering calculation methodologies in line with the latest industry guidance and seamless access to both immediately available and frontier climate solutions.”
Earlier this month Chooose announced funding of $15 million. The company plans to use the investment to support new segments and expand its offering.
Other travel management companies have also upped sustainability developments in recent months.
CWT recently announced the appointment of Richard Thompson as its global head of ESG and employee experience.
It also joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council in 2022 and enhanced its partnership with Thrust Carbon, a PhocusWire Hot 25 Startup 2022 company, to boost its carbon reporting capabilities.
Meanwhile, TravelPerk launched carbon reduction technology with an API to help companies measure their carbon footprint.
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